The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is inviting runners and walkers in this year’s Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon to help save local coral reefs.

CCMI is asking marathoners to sign up to be part of its ‘Reef Relief Squad’.

“We are excited to get involved in such a fantastic event here in the Cayman Islands. By encouraging people to get out and run or walk in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon while raising money for important reef monitoring programme, research projects and coral restoration efforts, we hope to inspire action from our Grand Cayman supporters,” said CCMI’s Director of Advancement Kate Holden.

The marathon will be held on 8 Dec.

This is the first year CCMI will participate as an official charity affiliate with the marathon, but the organisation is no stranger to the event. In 2017, Derek Haines completed his ‘Volcanoes and Marathons’ challenge when he crossed the finish line of the race, which was his third marathon that year, raising US$50,000 for the new Reefs Go Live virtual learning experience.

The marathon’s co-race director, Rhonda Kelly, said in a press release, “The ground-breaking work that [CCMI] is doing to protect our local coral reefs through research, conservation and education is not only relevant and vital to the future sustainability of Cayman’s marine ecosystem but it is also informing the preservation efforts of other countries around the world. We hope that this new avenue for fundraising will be fruitful for CCMI and provide much needed funds to fulfil its vision of a world with vibrant oceans and healthy coral reefs.”

To register for the Reef Relief Squad, email [email protected] for a discount code that gives 5% off race registration. After a runner is registered, CCMI will provide information on setting up a fundraising page, ideas on how to fundraise, facts about coral reefs and ocean health, and send an invite to be a part of a Facebook group for Reef Relief Squad members.

Runners who raise at least $250 will receive a Reef Relief Squad tech shirt that they can run in during the race. Incentive rewards can be collected at the packet pick-up on 7 Dec. at the CCMI table.

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