Walking in road races is becoming increasingly popular and provides a great way to stay active, say the organizers of the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, who are encouraging all walkers to participate in the half-marathon.
The race route is officially open for six hours to accommodate the runners who are completing the 26.2-mile full marathon, making it possible for those doing the half marathon to complete their race at any pace with which they feel comfortable.
“We love having the walkers with us for the half-marathon,” said Rhonda Kelly, race director. “Not only do they add to the enjoyment of the race, but it’s also nice to see them along the route. They keep the course populated, which is great for a small race across such a long course.”
Kelly encourages people who have never run before to try walking the 13.1 miles. She maintains that it is an achievable goal.
Magdalene Powery and Jolene Toney were half-marathon walkers last year.
“The distance can sound daunting to someone who has never walked so far before, but it is totally possible to do.
“There is ample time to complete that distance, and people can walk, run or a combination of both. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how it was done. We celebrate the accomplishment with everyone who crosses the finish line.”
With the race seven weeks away, there is still time to train.
Many companies use the race as a way to get their employees moving.
The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority will have a group of some 35 walkers/joggers again this year, led by CEO Lizzette Yearwood, and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson usually supports the event with a civil service contingent.
Registration for the 2015 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 Brittany Kelly on 623-8822.