The man who has committed to completing “Fiddy2” (52) marathons in 2006, one marathon per week, has chosen the Cayman Islands Marathon as one of the 52.
Dane Rauschenberg will be in Grand Cayman on Sunday, 3 December where he will compete in his 48th marathon this year.
Rauschenberg began his marathon quest on 8 January 2006 in Orlando, Florida where he completed the Walt Disney World Marathon in 3:48:18. His most recent race was the Niagara Falls Marathon, which took place on Sunday, 22 October. Rauschenberg finished in 30th place with a time of 2:59:48, his personal best.
All proceeds raised by Rauschenberg will benefit the Mobile, Alabama chapter of L’Arche International, a federation of communities where people with a mental handicap share their lives with those who can help.
“I’ve always wanted to see how far I could push myself athletically, and combining that goal with a great cause makes it that much better,” said Rauschenberg. “I am running not only for my own personal reasons, but for all of those who are unable to do so for themselves.”
A relative novice to long-distance running, Rauschenberg, 30, began tackling marathons in law school to lose excess college weight and considers himself "an average runner who happens to be extremely stubborn.: The Titusville, Pennsylvania native decided to take on the solo task of running 52 marathons and coordinating Fiddy2 as an organization in April 2005. His website, www.fiddy2.org, seeks sponsorship and donations in addition to raising awareness for L’Arche-Mobile.
“We are deeply honoured that Dane has chosen the Cayman Islands Marathon as one of the races to complete on his extraordinary mission,” said Rhonda Kelly of Kelly Holding Ltd., organisers of the race. “We are looking forward to meeting and welcoming this amazing athlete to the Cayman Islands, and I encourage the community to come out and support Dane as he moves closer toward achieving ‘fiddy2’.
“I truly believe that all of us have something, a feeling inside that makes us want to attain things previously thought to be unattainable. With running, it’s all about putting one foot in front of the other and I urge everyone to come out and run with me, even if only for a mile,” Rauschenberg added.
Rauschenberg is a 2002 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law and is a Licensing Associate in the Washington, DC area, where he will continue to work throughout the course of Fiddy2. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, and is a member of the Washington Running Club.
For more information about Dane Rauschenberg and his marathon journey, log on to www.fiddy2.org.
The Cayman Islands Marathon takes place on Sunday, 3 December 2006. Registration is open at www.CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. For more information, call Sue Greene at 946.8822 or email info@CaymanIslandsMarathon.com.
The Cayman Islands Marathon is sponsored by Digicel; Cayman Islands Department of Tourism; Deloitte; Cayman National; Breezes By The Bay Restaurant (Official Marathon Party Zone); 106.1 KISS FM (Official Radio Station); Cayman Airways; Flowers Bottled Water (Official Water); Gatorade (Official Sports Drink); Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort (Official Hotel); Final Touch; Butterfield Bank; Audi, CUC; RE/MAX Cayman Islands; Generali; Admiral; KPMG; Red Sail Sports; Island Companies and Tag Heuer.