When the Cayman marathon is staged next week, the danger to entrants from motorists is a real one, so the organizers are appealing for extra diligence from drivers.
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, Half-Marathon, 4-Person Relay and Kids Fun Run will attract more than 1,200 entrants and the public’s support and assistance is vital to ensure it all goes smoothly and safely on Dec. 6.
The race starts at 5 a.m. at Breezes By The Bay Restaurant on the waterfront and takes runners along South Church Street into South Sound, onto Old Prospect Road where they turn around and go back onto South Sound and then up Walkers Road and Hospital Road into Central George Town, crossing the finish line at Breezes.
One of the greatest challenges is the traffic along the route which has posed a safety risk to the runners and the volunteers in the past.
Race director Rhonda Kelly is imploring the public to avoid driving on the route if possible and to take extra precautions if they have to use those particular roads.
“We are begging the driving public to please keep traffic to a minimum on these roads between 5-10 a.m.,” said Kelly.
“The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will be blocking some of the roads, and we are so grateful to the officers and the Special Constabulary for their traffic support every year.
“We have more runners and a few hundred visiting runners who are running in the Cayman Islands for the first time and do not know our roads or our traffic laws so we’re asking our drivers to please be kind to our runners. We want them to have a safe, memorable race experience.”
Kelly is also asking residents along the course to secure their dogs in their yards, put on any Christmas lights they might have, and come out and cheer the runners as they pass by.
Letters are also being hand delivered to the residents who live along the route so that they are aware of the event.
“The community is slowly embracing the marathon with some people actually looking forward to this event, and coming out to support the race and we would like to see this continue and increase,” said Kelly.
“The Cayman Marathon will never be as big as a Boston or New York Marathon but as it continues to grow we would like to see the Cayman community own this event as one that brings visitors to our beautiful shores, stimulates our economy in terms of money spent here by the tourists and another way to promote the warmth and hospitality for which we are known, Caymankind. Therefore, we are asking for the public’s cooperation and spirit of goodwill for these few hours on Sunday.”
Registration for the 2015 marathon, half-marathon, four-person relay, CUC High School Challenge and the Kids Fun Run is open online at www.CaymanIslandsMarathon.com.