This Sunday, 4 December, over 1200 runners will compete in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon. Each participant has their own unique reason for taking part: whether fundraising for charity, a personal fitness goal, a bucket-list challenge, or even (maybe) just for fun. For Paralympic athlete Ryan Chalmers, entering the 13.1-mile half-marathon with his hand-cycle raises awareness about the sporting opportunities available for young people with disabilities.
Ryan is a familiar figure in the Cayman Islands as he takes to the road each year in the Push Across Cayman, a 55-mile push around the island that starts and ends at Camana Bay. As a founding sponsor of Push Across Cayman, Dart is a long-term supporter of Ryan and Stay-Focused, a charity that offers teens with physical disabilities a chance to scuba dive in the Cayman Islands, helping participants to become more independent, gain confidence and develop leadership skills.
Ryan’s own story is an inspirational one: born with spina bifida, he has spent his entire life in a wheelchair or on crutches. He was introduced to wheelchair athletics during his school years and went on to win a bronze medal in track-and-field in the 2012 Paralympics. An alum of Stay-Focused, Ryan worked with founder Roger Muller to pull off the ultimate challenge: Push Across America, a 3,500 mile road trip that took 71 days to complete.
While this will not be Ryan’s first marathon, it is his first in the Cayman Islands. His participation has been sponsored by Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, a fully ADA-compatible hotel with rooms and public spaces that cater for people with disabilities. Features include accessible entrance ways, bathrooms, roll-in showers, exercise facilities and communication capabilities.
We, at Dart Real Estate, wish Ryan and all the competitors in the 12th annual Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon the best of luck for Sunday morning. We will be cheering you on!