Marathon introduces youth race

The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon has added a new category in its race just for high school runners. 

In a partnership with CUC, the event has brought in the new race category for high school relay teams to accommodate the growing number of students who want to improve their middle distance running skills by participating in the team relay on Sunday, Dec. 7. 

Called the “CUC High School Challenge,” this particular race category is open to students aged between 12 and 19 only, and came about after discussions with Derek Larner of Race Caribbean, who has been working with middle distance kids in the schools. His star runners include Tiffany Cole, Tahj Lewis, Delano Callender and Alex Loginov.  

“This new category is a great way to promote teamwork and training among our up-and-coming runners,” said Rhonda Kelly, race director.  

“The Challenge is for students who are too old for the Kids Fun Run but too young for the adult races or who feel they that they cannot complete the 13.1 miles of the half marathon.” 

Kelly added that giving them their own relay category not only encourages their competitive spirit but also allows them to just race against their peers.  

“We look forward to growing this event as we’ve done with the Kids Fun Run and the adult four-person relay, and we thank CUC for its support,” Kelly added. 

CUC’s Pat Bynoe-Clarke said, “CUC has been a proud sponsor of youth and sports in Cayman over the years, and we’ve also been partners with the Cayman Marathon since its inception in 2002. We are excited about taking on the High School Challenge as a new sponsorship initiative because it helps to fulfil our corporate commitment to Cayman’s youth.” 

She added that she hopes students will accept the challenge and that Cayman will see some talent emerging from this event. 

Registration for the marathon, half marathon, four-person relay, CUC High School Challenge and the Kids Fun Run is open online at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. For more information, email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 623-8822. 

Alex-Marathon

Alex Loginov is coached by Derek Larner.