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Cayman Marathon seeks nominees

Kristine Miranda and Daniel Martin Aquino celebrate their half marathon finish with supporters

The Intertrust Cayman Marathon is less than six months away and organisers have come up with a way to get those undecided, potential participants over the hump, and on their way to training for the big run.

Until Monday, June 19, individuals can nominate a friend or friends to run/walk the full or half marathon. The Nominate A Friend social media campaign is meant to give friends the boost they need to get moving for the race on Sunday, Dec. 3.
The winner will receive the tips, training and support to get across the finish line, courtesy of several health and fitness partners who will offer their services over the next few months.

“Almost everyone has that one friend who keeps saying that he or she wants to run a full or half marathon but never do it. The Nominate A Friend promotion is a perfect opportunity to get that friend to stop talking about it and just do it,” said race director Rhonda Kelly. “The winner will really have no excuse why he/she cannot accomplish this goal. We will take care of his/her race registration, provide the training, the nutritional guidance and other support along the way. Plus, we’re giving the winner lots of time to prepare mentally for the long run.”

Friends Crystal Marshall and Julia Watling

Individuals wishing to nominate their friends can do so using a photo, video or a text post explaining why their friend deserves the ultimate race experience. Nominations must be posted on the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon Facebook Page or on their own Instagram or Twitter accounts with the hashtags #RunCayman and #MakeMyFriendRun.

Other entry rules and requirements are posted on the marathon website http://www.caymanislandsmarathon.com

Five finalists will be chosen by judges and announced live on BOB FM on Wednesday, June 21 and also posted on the Intertrust CI Marathon social media networks. Online voting for the finalists will take place between June 20-25 June via the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon Facebook Page and the winner will be announced on June 26.

The lucky nominee will receive a registration for the 2017 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon or Half Marathon; a free membership to Scott Ruby’s CrossFit 7 Mile Marathon training class, which takes place from Aug. 1 to race day; a monthly massage leading up to the race, a physical screen, biomechanical analysis and injury prevention advice as well as discounted additional physiotherapy sessions courtesy of Cayman Physiotherapy; nutritional counselling and bi-weekly support from mid-August to race day provided by Cayman Nutrition; and a weekly Stretching for Runners class at Bliss Yoga.

“This prize package is everything one could possibly need to prepare for a full or half marathon, and we’re hoping that people will nominate their friends. Whether the person is a novice looking for a challenge or someone who already runs but is looking to graduate to a longer distance, this competition might be just the motivation needed to make that vision a reality,” added Kelly.

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