From an article in the USA TODAY July 28th 2015


What’s better than being in the Caribbean? Running around it!

In the last couple of years amateur athletes have jumped on the “runcation” trend, combining so-called destination races with vacation time for an active getaway. And in the Caribbean, these events are a fun and challenging means of experiencing an island in an up-close and authentic way that you just can’t from inside a tour bus or taxi.

So if you’re currently training for a fall or spring race, consider adding these events to your calendar, and see the sights as you chase a PR along a palm-fringed path, no cold-weather gear required. And if you’re new to running, what better motivation to get in shape for your first 5k, 10k, half-marathon or longer race than the breezy byways of the Caribbean? Ready? Set. Run!

May 29, 2016: Run in Paradise, Antigua

With fewer than 200 runners in its inaugural year, the second annual Run in Paradise half marathon is perfect for athletes who prefer small races with a relaxed vibe. Enthusiastic but limited crowd support means you’ll have to look inward (or at the palm-fringed views) for motivation.

  • The Course: A moderately hilly mostly coastal route from the island’s Atlantic edge to its Caribbean coast and the seaside finish line at Fort James Beach.
  • The Swag: All runners receive a wicking T-shirt. The hefty six-inch-wide finisher’s medal is a medal rack must for “race bling” lovers.
  • How to Get There: Several carriers, including American Airlines, Delta and Continental, fly into V.C Bird International Airport (ANU).
  • Where to Stay: Antigua Yacht Club Marina is basic but budget-friendly. South Point Antigua has plush suites overlooking Falmouth Harbour.
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Source: USA Today