Cayman’s premier running event is only days away and everything is on schedule for what promises to be the biggest marathon yet.
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, Half Marathon, 4-Person Relay and Kids Fun Run from Breezes by the Bay on the waterfront, is on Sunday, Dec. 7.
Registration is still open for all the races online and at the Kelly Holding office until midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
After this time, all registrations must be done at the packet pick-up the day before the event at the Westin Resort from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Race director Rhonda Kelly is reminding the walkers that they are welcome to participate in the half marathon event, and that the four-person team relay is also a great option for people who have not done enough training to tackle the 13.1 miles.
Local companies in particular have found the relay category of the event to be beneficial as it offers an opportunity to build team spirit and some healthy competition within the office and help employees get to know one another better.
“Our team members have been spending a lot of time together outside office hours training for the relay, and I would definitely say it’s enhanced our relationships with one another,” said Taura Ebanks from local company Uniregistry, which is entering two teams.
“Some of us are very athletic while others are new to running so it’s been fun to compare notes and encourage one another in our training,” she said. “It’s a great way to get to know your colleagues, release any tensions after a long work day, and connect with them on a more personal level.
“I would recommend this type of activity to any company looking to build camaraderie among its employees.”
The packet pick-up is an hour earlier than usual to help runners organize their day better, especially locals who want to Christmas shop and visitors who want to see the island.
Kelly is encouraging everyone to come out to the 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 will be offered in the speakers sessions taking place.
Kelly said there are also volunteer opportunities still available for anyone who may not be able to participate in the race but want to be a part of the excitement.
From putting medals around the runners’ necks at the finish line, serving refreshments, assisting with registrations, helping with the timing of the event, driving relay shuttles, supervising bag check-in, or just cheering a tired runner on those last few yards, there is no shortage of ways that people can help and be inspired themselves.
“I love being a part of the Cayman Islands Marathon,” said Pam Parsons, who has volunteered for the past seven years.
“It feels good to be a part of something bigger than yourself, to see the look of excitement and pride on the runners’ faces when they cross that finish line and the medal is placed around their necks. Each year it gets better and more exciting!”
International running celebrity Bart Yasso and local runner Scott Ruby will be giving presentations at packet pick-up.
Yasso will speak at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and share insights learned from running in more than 1,500 races globally. Ruby, who was morbidly obese before losing over 150 pounds, will speak on the topic of “Finding Your Inner Hero” at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
“Packet pick-up is a great place to be if you’re looking for that final shot of motivation before the race,” Kelly said.
“The energy and pre-race buzz is both contagious and exciting. Even if you’re not running, you can come and hear Bart and Scott’s amazing stories and get motivated to train for 2015. Everyone is invited!”
For more information, email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 623-8822.