Are you Ready for Run Barbados 2017?
December in Barbados will open with the exciting Run Barbados Marathon Weekend - the Caribbean’s most highly anticipated road race event that is an annual staple with the local, regional and international road racing fraternity. This decades'-old running tradition has grown exponentially over the years, and is now in its 34th year, promises to be even more exciting than ever.
The event kicks off on Friday December 1 with runners converging within the island’s UNESCO Heritage site at the Garrison Savannah for the Fun Mile at 8PM. The new start point is a departure from the previous years, where youngsters, veterans and fun seekers would usually flock to St. Lawrence Gap for the high-paced mile-long run. The night will not only culminate with the crowning of the Fun Mile champion, but also runners with the most original costume; the best dressed couple; and, the best dressed group of 5 or more runners.
The adrenaline keeps pumping straight into Saturday when the 5K and 10K races will take place. At 3:30PM, all participants of the Saturday events are invited to join the warm-up session hosted by local crossfit instructors. Directly after, as the sun slowly starts its descent, the starter’s gun will sound for the 5K run, which will once again feature a corporate challenge for business groups, as well as a schools’ challenge for the next generation of road racers. Both races leave the Bay Street Esplanade and continue on a gorgeous course through historic Bridgetown, looping back to the original start point for the finish.
The weekend marathon then culminates on Sunday as runners take their mark for the marathon and half marathon - both of which begin at 5AM at the Bay Street Esplanade. Two hours later at the same start point, the family event, the 5K walk for charity, gets going at 7AM. The three-day festival finally comes to an end at 5PM at the Harbour Lights night club with the Run Barbados after party.
The event, which continues to be billed as a family friendly event, is produced by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and attracts hundreds of runners ranging from seasoned international veterans to hobbyists and those looking to challenge themselves.