A running guru hopes to inspire runners in the Cayman Islands.
Bart Yasso of Runner’s World magazine will be a special guest at this year’s Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, where he will speak at Packet Pick-Up and participate in the half marathon, organizers have confirmed.
Yasso is the chief running officer for Runner’s World and a highly sought-after speaker by runners all over the world. He is credited with starting the Runner’s World Race Sponsorship Program and inventing the Yasso 800s, a world-renowned marathon training schedule. Yasso has also completed races on all seven continents, from the Antarctica marathon to the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon and has finished the Ironman five times and the Badwater 146 through Death Valley. He started running in 1977 and currently attends about 60 running events a year to speak and participate.
Yasso will speak at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at the Westin Resort Grand Cayman in the Ballroom on Saturday, Dec. 6 during Packet Pick-Up. In the sessions, he will share lessons, wisdom and insights learned from running in more than 1,500 races. Joining him will be local runner Scott Ruby who will speak on the topic of “Finding Your Inner Hero” at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. and Rhonda Kelly, race director, who will be providing general information about the race, the course and what to expect on race day (Sunday, Dec. 7). Those talks will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Kelly says that Yasso’s and Ruby’s presentations should not be missed.
“Bart Yasso is a running celebrity,” Kelly said. “His track record speaks for itself and we are thrilled to have him not only speaking at Packet Pick-Up but participating in the half marathon. In addition, we had a tremendously positive response after Scott’s talk last year and we know he will be an inspiration for both runners and non-runners alike again this year. His journey of transformation from couch potato to ultra-marathon runner is just amazing and demonstrates so well that you really can change your life.”
“Running may be the connective tissue, but the true essence of the sport is a passage to a bigger world,” says Yasso. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to run and explore the Cayman Islands.”
Kelly is encouraging everyone to come out to Packet Pick-Up, whether they are participating in the race or not, to learn more about the event and be inspired by the life lessons and experiences that both Yasso and Ruby have to offer.
“Packet Pick-Up is a great place to be if you’re looking for that final shot of motivation before the race. The energy and pre-race buzz is both contagious and exciting so don’t miss it!”
The Packet Pick-Up on Dec. 6 is the last chance to register for the race and an opportunity to meet other competitors and get tips for race day. 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.