More than 1,200 runners from around the world lined up on Sunday for the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon.
100 full marathoners, 844 half marathoners, and 82 relay team members headed off into the dark through George Town, South Sound and over to Old Prospect Road.
The first in at the turn around point was Dominic Dyer, with a time of 39:18, trailing behind him was Marius Acker and just in his shadows was Jason Saunders making the turn to finish the half marathon.
Steve Spears from Virgina a past winner at this event led the way this time as well.
The marathon is a spectacle that’s more than just the runners themselves, the live band probably helped athletes keep the beat not to mention the water stops.
Dominic Dyer, was the first half marathoner to cross the finish line with a time 1:21:41.9. Dyer was roughly six and a half minutes ahead of 2015 half-marathon winner Marius Acker, who finished second in 1:28:06.9. Jason Saunders,finished third for the second straight year 12 seconds behind Acker with 01:28:18.6.
Beth Florek was the women’s half-marathon winner, a super mom, Florek finished in 1:34:32.2. Followed by second place Heidi Bassett Blair with 1:39:17.1, Kym Bailey just seconds behind with a time of 1:39:41.1
Steve Spears, the man who knew he was in the lead, claimed the Intertrust Marathon title. Spears was only person under the 3 hour mark crossing the line with ease in 2:58:46.2. Ali King running most of the race in second position was next to finish in 3:09:05.8 and third place was Mike Ridsale in 3:31:07.6.
Canadian Karen Welwood led the females through every stage of the race winning the women’s marathon in 3:42:41.8. Second was Sarah Lewis in 4:01:13.6 and Rebecca Wall was third with a time of 4:03:32.4.
The marathon wasn’t all about winning, many crossed the finish line having completed the half or full marathon for the very first time including competitors from 12 to 78 years old.