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.
- Website: runinparadise.com
Source: USA Today