Some of the runners sprinted across the finish line, other walked, and a couple ran with a limp at the end of Sunday’s Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon and half-marathon.
Some 1,300 people ran across the morning’s races, including about 90 relay teams.
The winners for the day were as diverse as the island: Poland’s Pawel Kaszyca won the full marathon, seven minutes ahead of the next runner, in 2:51:14.
The first woman to finish the marathon was Natalee Gooden-Burkard, in 3:30:42. She came in fifth overall.
High school runners in Team MBR Boat Builders won the relay in 2:51:29.
Announcers ticked off runners’ names as they approached the finish line, giving them an extra boost in the last yards of the 13.1-mile half marathon and 26.2-mile marathon. As they came off the track and had a medal placed around their neck, runners were treated to fruit, water, beer and massages.
Tim Austin, a regular Cayman half-marathon runner, said the course seemed hotter this year than in years past.
“That humidity was rough,” he said, sitting by the finish line. “There was a breeze following on the way out, but we didn’t get that nice little headwind on the way back in.”
Mr. Austin wore the neon green shirt of the Special Needs Foundation Cayman’s runners. The foundation had a push to sign up 50 runners and get them to raise $1,000 each to support children with special needs. He said he thinks the organization far surpassed its $50,000 goal.
Chantal Incledon, who also ran the half for the Special Needs Foundation on the relay team, said the race “combines the love of running with being able to do something to help people.” Her teammate on the relay, Alice Ramos, said the water stops and encouragement from people all along the route made the run easier.
Robert Hazelton, running with the PwC relay team for his first time in Cayman, agreed with Ms. Ramos.
“The people along the course made it much easier,” he said, with their cheers and support.
It was an emotional moment for Team Nikki’s Voice as 24-year-old Nikki Christian finished the race. Ms. Christian has a condition called spastic cerebral palsy which limits her mobility. To compete in the race, she was pushed in a specially designed wheelchair by Scott Ruby.
In the final stretch, surrounded by family and friends, Ms. Christian was lifted out of her chair and walked across the finish line, assisted by her parents Raymond and Velma. Ms. Christian finished the race in 5:09:30.
Cayman’s best-known marathon runner, Derek Haines, did not finish the race. He told the Cayman Compass by email that an upset stomach in the second leg caused him to become dehydrated. He wrote, “Got to just over 25 miles and felt very shaky and was then physically sick and bad cramps. I think heat exhaustion had hit me so I was ambulanced to George Town hospital and given six bags of fluid.”
As of Sunday afternoon, Mr. Haines said he was feeling better and expected to get out of the hospital that afternoon. The Cayman marathon last year capped Mr. Haines’s yearlong push to run six marathons and raise $1 million for Cayman HospiceCare.
Kelsey Jukam contributed to this report.