Get your running shoes on, ‘cause the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is here again, on Sunday. Whether you’re participating, volunteering or joining in at one of the water stations, this event is one not to be missed.

How it has grown

The marathon began as a small event in 2002, with just over 160 participants. In the past 14 years, the event has grown into arguably the islands’ biggest sports tourism event. The 2015 race included 1,350 participants across the full- and half-marathon and 4-person relay, almost 300 children in the Kids Fun Run and more than 200 volunteers.

Something for everyone

Whether you decide to take on the full or half distance, or even just a leg of the relay race, there are lots of ways to be part of the event.

The half-marathon has grown a great deal because it is popular with both runners and walkers. Since there is a loop course, the half-marathon is open for the entire six hours that the full course is open. The Milo Kids Fun Run, free for all primary schoolchildren, takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. It is a half-mile and every child receives a finisher’s medal, T-shirt and runner’s bib.

Jeff Galloway to speak at packet pick-up

Well-known and highly regarded running coach and author, Jeff Galloway, will hold a one-hour session at packet pickup at the Westin resort on Saturday for all those registered for the marathon.

More than a million runners and walkers have read Galloway’s books, attended his retreats and running schools, received e-coaching or individual consultation, or joined his training programs, according to a press release.

Galloway was a U.S. Olympian, competing in 1972 in the 10,000 meters, and is the founder of the Run Walk Run method.

Cayman Compass competition

Get your photo taken at the photo tent at the start and finish lines. Just look for the Cayman Compass flags and tents, then you simply gather “Likes” on the Cayman Compass Facebook page to have a chance to win a great prize.

Registering for the race

You can register at caymanislandsmarathon.com or at Kelly Holding’s office in Selkirk Plaza. Late registration is on Saturday at the Westin resort during packet pick-up from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

To find out more about getting involved with the marathon, email [email protected]

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