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Reasons to Run: Stories of the 16th Cayman Islands Marathon

For the 16th time, thousands of runners from around the world will travel to Cayman Sunday (2 December) for the annual Cayman Islands Marathon. One of the most unique aspects of Cayman’s marathon are the stories of it’s runners. What motivates them?  What drives them to the finish line? As we discover year after year, everyone has a reason to run.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our story:

Marco Seitelmann, Germany: “In 2013, I was the finisher at the Boston Marathon, just five minutes before the two bombs exploded. After that, it was very hard time for me to run again and coming back to a normal life.”

Denise White, Georgia: “I didn’t think it would be possible for me to come this far. I used to struggle with my weight. I used to be uncomfortable with the person who was looking back at me in the mirror.”

Shelly & Robert Catlett, West Virginia: “He surprised me and proposed to me just before he crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon,” said Shelly. “So we thought what better way to celebrate getting married then to come to Grand Cayman, leave all this snow and cold weather behind, get married and run a marathon together the next day,” said Robert.

Carol McKenzie, Cayman: “I’m running it in honor of my sister, who for the last few years had battled brain tumor, glioma. In October, she actually passed away. She was actually one of my biggest supporters, and pushed me to keep going. So I’ve decided to do it and also raise money for the Cayman Hospice who helped us when she was going through her last weeks.”

Robyn Larkin, Maryland: “This one is in memory of my mom, who died of terminal brain cancer a few months ago. With this year, losing my mom, I just want to take the time and share her story.”

Shan Harriman, Cayman: “I’m running the half marathon with my daughter Alexia. I will be pushing her in a push chair. This is our first time ever, and our goal is to promote inclusion and hopefully to encourage other parents who have special needs to also participate in such an event.”

About the author

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or

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