Participants in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon will have one last opportunity to be motivated, inspired and informed just hours before they take to the streets this Sunday.
Organizers have scheduled a couple of speaker sessions at Packet Picket on Saturday in the ballroom at the Westin resort.
Local ultra-runner Scott Ruby will be talking about Nikki’s Voice, a group of people who have come together to help Nikki Christian, a 24-year-old woman with cerebral palsy, become Cayman’s first assisted marathoner.
Ruby and Christian have been training in the gym and on the road for the marathon for six months and have clocked close to 1,000 miles.
On race day, Ruby will be pushing Christian in a custom-built pram.
Those attending his talks will hear about the duo’s journey over the last few months and get a sneak peek at a documentary that is being produced about Nikki’s Voice. Ruby will speak at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Westin Ballroom.
Runners will also hear from Dr. Alwin Almeida, senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Health City Cayman Islands, who will speak on the topic of “Sports Medicine – Focus on the Running Athlete” at 11:45 a.m.
Dr. Almeida will help attendees gain a better understanding of the biomechanics of running and discuss the various running-related injuries a runner is at risk of developing, and the preventive and corrective measures and treatment options available today.
In addition, Rhonda Kelly, one of the race directors, will be doing an information session called “Everything You Need and Want to Know About the Race” at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The other race director is Laurie-Ann Holding. Bev Sinclair completes the full-time Kelly Holding team.
This will be especially useful for first-time participants, said Kelly, but is open to anyone interested in dropping by, as are all the sessions.
She will give details about the course and the race itself, what to expect on race day and other logistical information.
“We really hope that our runners will take advantage of the opportunity to hear from Scott, Dr. Almeida and myself,” said Kelly.
“All of our topics are different and we will be speaking from various perspectives but I think the information we have to share will be very useful to both novices and veteran runners, and will help them before, during and after the race.
“I really encourage runners to come and ask me any last-minute questions they may have about the race in the sessions I’ll be doing. We want them to have the best race experience possible and knowing what to expect will help them do just that.”
The talks are open to the public.
“Anyone who is interested in hearing about Nikki’s Voice or maybe thinking about making next year’s marathon a goal should come out to Packet Pick Up and attend the sessions,” added Kelly.
“The atmosphere is electric, people are excited and you can’t help but be inspired and motivated to either run yourself or come out and cheer on these amazing people the next day.”
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.