Oasis Land Development staff are currently undergoing some serious training for the UK Tough Mudder event that takes place within the classic Yorkshire moorlands, as well as the UK Brighton Marathon in April 2014. Struggling with aching legs and fatigued bodies, we are happy to hear that Cayman Islands residents are also undergoing strenuous training for the 2013 Cayman Islands Marathon.
We picture Caymanians who normally enjoy sitting back and relaxing in the Caribbean sun, sipping cocktails from coconuts, strolling along the white soft sand on Seven Mile Beach, duty free shopping and luxury boating days, but when training for a marathon, which involves devoting several days a week to working out, such days become a long distant memory.
Running since 2003, this is the 10th anniversary for the Cayman Islands Marathon. The Marathon is taking place on Grand Cayman, an island that is just 51.4km in length. A Marathon is 42.1km-meaning competitors are almost running the full length of the island. Although this isnt the case, but in distant terms it is.
The 2013 Marathon will take place on Sunday 1st December at 5am, we can only imagine it starts so early due to the temperature on Grand Cayman, which can reach up to 100 degrees. Runners are expected to complete the gruelling 42.1km in 6 hours so the cooler mornings are a sensible idea.
The day consists of a full marathon, a half marathon and a 4 persons relay competition. The relay teams are made up of 4 people, each team member runs approximately 6.5 miles, a timing chip is issued to each team and each runner will wear the chip.
As much as Oasis are looking forward to the Brighton Marathon, which runs along side the coast of the South of England, we cant help but feel a pinch of jealously (a BIG understatement) that the Cayman Islands Marathon runs along the coast of the Caribbean. Back in Brighton, Oasis’ team will be running along side grey British seawater, where as the Cayman Islands Marathon will start at George Town waterfront, where the turquoise waters meet the Caribbean Island. The course will then run into the South Sound, aka Multi Million Dollar row, parallel to the ocean, into the financial district and then along the waterfront once again, a big difference to the Brighton sea front.
The Marathon must be completed within 6 hours, which works out at 14 minute miles, the speed Oasis’ employees will be aiming to beat during their Marathon challenge.
The Cayman Islands Marathon benefits 2 great causes in the Cayman Islands, the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps is an initiative, started by the Ministry of Education and trains youths in the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is a non-profitable organization, increasing the awareness of cancer to the people of the Cayman Islands, to promote leadership in a range of areas, to prevent the development of cancer and to counsel and support cancer patients and their families.
Oasis Land Development wish all the runners the best of luck.