Reef Relief Squad

Conduct a beach clean-up and carry some of the trash you find with you on race day. It's an extra challenge that will help raise awareness about issues facing our oceans and coral reefs.

Do you want to help CCMI protect and restore coral reefs? Are you interested in raising awareness about the issues that threaten coral reefs and their survival? We want YOU to join the CCMI Reef Relief Squad and participate in one of the Cayman Islands’ most popular event – the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay!

You can run or walk your preferred distance as the course is open 6 1/2 hours, making this event ideal for runners and walkers of all speeds!

 

 

Want to raise AWARENESS, too?

For those who want to raise money AND awareness about ocean health and the threats to our coral reefs, we’ve got the task for you!

  1. Participate in a beach cleanup before your race day.
  2. Put together a satchel, container or other device and CARRY some – or all – of the trash you found during your clean up!
  3. Tell other runners and walkers what you are doing and why.
  4. Feel a sense of accomplishment for helping support important research and education programmes at CCMI while also knowing you helped make our oceans a little bit cleaner!

How to Participate

  1. Contact CCMI at events@reefresearch.org to express your interest and receive a special 5% off code for your registration.
  2. Register for your half or full marathon or the team relay at the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon website.
  3. Choose ‘CCMI’ as the charity you wish to support.
  4. You will receive your race registration confirmation email with a link to set up your fundraising page. (View our step-by-step guide to setting up your fundraising page.).

Support our Reef Relief Squad and make a donation toward their goal. It’s really easy – just visit the CCMI fundraising page for the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon and donate any amount. Click here to donate to this worthy effort.

* Please note, CCMI is a US 501(c)(3) and any donations are tax-deductible as is applicable by law.

Select your own race (5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultra, your choice…), set up your fundraising page on CCMI’s Healthy Reefs Campaign page (click here)

    1. Click “become a fundraiser” and chose either to fundraise as an individual or as a team (if you are planning to fundraise with a friend or a group).
    2. Choose your fundraising goal, set a catchy headliner, create a personal URL, and add a photo for you or your team.
    3. Register for your race of choice and tell us about it! Email events@reefresearch.org with the race name, date, location and distance.
    4. You will receive a welcome pack shortly which provides you with the next steps for your journey, fundraising ideas and other tools to help you with your efforts!

Fundraising Incentives

We want to reward you for helping raise money for our critical work to protect and restore coral reefs in the Cayman Islands. If you raise the followin minimum amounts, you will be able to collect some great Reef Relief and CCMI swag at the race expo on 7th December!

  • $250: CCMI tech shirt
  • $500: CCMI tech shirt and a CCMI water bottle
  • $1000: CCMI tech shirt, water bottle, and CCMI polo shirt and hat
  • $2500: the above plus private tour of CCMI
  • Top Fundraiser (over $2500): 2-night stay at CCMI in Little Cayman

CCMI will have a table at packet pick up where you can check in with our team and collect your rewards for being a part of our 2019 Reef Relief Squad.

Important Dates

29th November 2019: Mail-in registration closes

4th December 2019: Online registration closes (midnight)

7th December 2019: Packet pick up and final (late) registration (9-3pm at the Westin)

8th December 2019: Race day! The race starts at 5am at Sharkeez on the waterfront in George Town.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a member of the Reef Relief Squad, you will train for and run or walk in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon/Half Marathon/Team Relay. Leading up to the event, you will have the option to participate in beach clean-ups to collect trash to carry with you on your run/walk in order to raise awareness of the plastic pollution crisis. You will be included in a members only Facebook group where you can connect with other runners as well as staff at CCMI. You will have your own fundraising page that you can share with friends, family, and acquaintances to support your cause and raise money for CCMI’s healthy reefs campaign.

We will share links and tips during the months leading up to the race on our Reef Relief Squad FaceBook group; however, there will not be a specific CCMI training plan provided.

All participants pay their own entry fee to register; contact events@reefresearch.org to receive a code that will take 5% off registration fees for running with CCMI in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon.

There is no minimum amount that participants need to raise for CCMI; however, participants need to raise a minimum of $250 before receiving the first incentive from CCMI.

All proceeds will go to CCMI’s Healthy Reefs campaign 2019, which is a series of important field survey, education, and outreach activities that promote our understanding of the state of coral reefs in the Cayman Islands. Read more about this effort here..

Your URL is generated for you upon setting up your fundraising page. Copy and save it so that you can send it out to potential supporters, post it on social media, include it in your email signature and share it when you need to!

Yes, CCMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the US (ID# 22-3609293) and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

CCMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Tax letters will be sent out when a donation of $25 or more is made through Race Roster. If you or one of your donors do not receive a tax letter, please contact events@reefresearch.org.

If you want to join the cause but will not be in the Cayman Islands, you can still participate!

  1. Donate to one of our runners by visiting this site and support their efforts with a monetary contribution on 8th December.
  2. You can also choose your own local race to run in and set up a fundraising page through our healthy reefs campaign (click here).

You can collect your Reef Relief Squad tech shirt and any other incentive items earned by your fundraising efforts at the race expo on 7th December 2019, from 9am-3pm (Westin). CCMI will have a table there to meet our supporters, thank you for your efforts and distribute your shirts and other items you have earned.

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