Steve Speirs of Virginia, USA, won Sunday’s Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 58 minutes and 48 second. He was second in the 2015 marathon, when he finished about 30 seconds faster.

Canadian Karen Welwood, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 3:42:41.

Runners coming off the course Sunday morning, amid clouds and a cool breeze, praised the cool weather and volunteers along the course who cheered them on and kept them hydrated.

“I loved all of the support on the road,” said 345 Athletic Club team member Juan Pablo Valerio, sitting with his teammates after the race.

In the half-marathon, Dominic Dyer overtook the defending champion Marius Acker to place first with a time of 1:21:41. Mr. Acker came in second at 1:28:06.

Beth Florek of George Town was the first woman home in the half-marathon in a time of 1:34:35.

Volunteers greeted finishers off the course with beer, Subway sandwiches, fruit and Gatorade.

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“The weather was phenomenal,” said three-time Cayman half-marathon runner Tony Rozario. He ran the first leg with team Caysian and then kept going to complete the half.
Raquel Santoyo, also part of the Caysian team, said the relay was her first time running in a marathon, and she is already looking forward to running the half next year.

Standing by the finish line waiting for the last member of their team to come in, the Reed family said they decided to run the relay as a team this year. Father Frank, mother Kerry and son Ben were waiting for another son, Alex, to finish the race for team “Reed ‘em and Weep.”

Frank Reed said, “It was great this year, much cooler than last year.”

This article has been amended to include Dominic Dyer’s correct place of birth. — Ed. 

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