Although bitten by the running bug fairly late in life (I ran my first race at 39), I have become enamored. When preparing to travel, my running gear is the first thing I pack. Of course, everything is better when you’re in the Caribbean. What better way to soak up the island than trekking it on foot with one of these popular destination races?
Thanks to the Puerto Rico Marathon (and ½), more than 500,000 athletes have raised over $1.2 billion dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It takes place in March, and is organized by BN Sports, LLC. They also organize the IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico, which has been labeled the “Caribbean Jewel’ of the IRONMAN 70.3 series. You can get more information by visiting their web site.
The Cayman Islands boast a thriving running community that results in quite a few race options. Held in tandem with Pirates Week Festival, the Pirates Trail Mud Run was a big hit this year.
In May, take part in the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps 5K and 10K run/walk. If you visit during the holidays, check out their annual Boxing Day Dashing Thru the Sand Beach Run/Walk. This easy 1.5 run along Seven Mile Beach is immensely popular with locals and visitors.
Also, this year’s Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon takes place December 7th. This looped course traverses along George Town’s waterfront and through the upscale residential area of South Sound.
No matter what distance you want to run, the Sunshine Insurance 2015 Race Weekend in Nassau has you covered. Held in January, the race weekend includes a marathon, half marathon, relay and a 5K. Partnering with the Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure, this race draws runners from 25 countries. Expect to be impressed with the friendly volunteers and an idyllic course.
The Reggae Marathon (and ½ marathon) takes runners on a mostly flat and back course in enchanting Negril. It’s always held the first Saturday in December, beginning and ending at Long Bay Beach. You still have time to register!
Can’t decide which island to choose? Perhaps your solution lies at sea. Opt for a Caribbean running vacation with a Caribbean running cruise, which sets sail from January 31 – February 8, 2015. This cruise aboard Royal Caribbean includes scenic runs/walks on four separate islands. You can even pick your distance. There are 3-mile and 5/6-mile options at each stop.
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