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It all ran as smoothly as ever, and with Derek Haines reaching the $1 million target, there was an extra sense of excitement and jubilation at the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on Sunday.  

In addition to the 26.2-mile marathoners, hundreds blazed around the course from Breezes by the Bay on the waterfront to Prospect Point and back in the half-marathon and four-person relay. 

Besides Haines, many others also raised money for worthwhile causes.  

Justin Grunewald from Minneapolis won the big race for the third time in four years in 2 hours 47 minutes 11 seconds, well ahead of second-place Steve Speirs (2:56:53) and Tobias Mews (3:08:50).  

Grunewald was glad to win because he said he was not in shape to beat his existing record of 2:36:23. Nevertheless, he was pleased to compete and fully agreed that the Cayman marathon is one of the best in the world, as highlighted in a recent American poll.  

Beth Florek (3:16:49) made a triumphant return after missing last year’s race to have a baby and was the fastest female for a sixth time, finishing fourth overall.  

Her husband Dan also ran the marathon, finishing in just under four hours.  

Marius Acker was another multi-time champion who regained his title. In the half marathon he too won easily, in 1:19:14, ahead of Benjamin Wuthrich (1:26:47) and third-place Samuel Young (1:28:40). Fastest woman in this event was Joanna Mansi (1:35:19), placing her 14th overall.  

The wheelchair race was won by Brian Siemann (55:31), with Ryan Chalmers (1:03:21) second.  

The youngsters of the MDR A Team were incredibly fast, in 2:43:59, finishing the relay ahead of the British Bulldogs (2:48:31) and MDR B Team (3:06:02), who were third.  

Running celebrity Bart Yasso enjoyed his introduction to this event, which raises money for the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and the Cancer Society, as well as other organizations.  

More than 1,250 adults participated in the event, which started at 5 a.m., and included a Kids Fun Run as well as the CUC High School Challenge.  

Feedback from locals and visitors alike underscored that it was another great event, superbly organized by race director Rhonda Kelly and her colleagues Laurie-Ann Holding and Bev Sinclair, enhanced, as always, by the great water stops.  

In addition to the 26.2-mile marathoners, hundreds blazed around the course from Breezes by the Bay on the waterfront to Prospect Point and back in the half-marathon and four-person relay. 

Jo-Mansi

Jo Mansi won the women’s half marathon.

Marius-Acker

Marius Acker is king of the half marathon again.

Marathon-Start

The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon started at 5 a.m. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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