Please watch out for runners

We are just under six weeks away from the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Cayman community for its continuous support for this event that is now celebrating its 14th year!

As the Race Director for this event and someone who is often on the road walking/jogging, I would like to ask the public to please be aware of, and on the lookout for runners on the road. Leading up to the event, more and more people are training for longer periods of time. When training for a distance event such as a half or full marathon, the training times can be quite long. Some people will be on the road for more than two hours and as much as four or five hours, depending on their running speed.

It is not always possible for people to complete their road training during daylight hours, due to their work commitments and the heat. When I have recently trained after dark or before sunrise on the bypass leading to Newlands and through South Sound, I often have cars passing me at very high speeds and at times have experienced people swerving at the last minute, letting me know clearly that they had only just noticed me, despite my flashers and white clothing! This can be very scary.

We encourage all runners to wear reflective gear, flashers and light-colored clothing, but if drivers are not watching out for them, it will not matter what they are wearing or what safety measures they have taken.

Therefore, in these last weeks of high intensity training for the 1,100-plus locals we expect to take part in our event, we are appealing to everyone on the roads to be even more cautious and watch out for runners, no matter what time of day or night it is. These runners are doing very long distances and running at whatever times they can get their training in. We hope you’ll support them by slowing down when you are approaching them, and moving as far away from them as possible. I am sure they would also appreciate a friendly wave or a shout of encouragement as well!

Thanks to everyone for your support and we hope that you will come out and see the action on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Rhonda Kelly, Race Director, Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon