Published On: Wed, Aug 5th, 2015

Running around the Caribbean – Literally!

KLM MarathonWhat’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!

November 29: KLM Curaçao Marathon

Organizers say that runners from more than 20 countries have already registered for this second annual series of races, which includes a 5k and 10k run/walk; a trail 10.5k and 16.65k; half marathon and marathon.

  • The Course: The half and marathon courses take runners across the capital’s iconic Queen Emma swimming pontoon bridge. Start your hill training now because the route also includes the Juliana Bridge, one of the highest in the world at 185 feet above sea level.
  • The Swag: Finisher’s medal and race T-shirt
  • How to Get There: Hop non-stop flights into Curaçao International (CUR) from the U.S. on American Airlines and JetBlue.
  • Where to Stay: Hotel partners include Lion’s Dive & Beach Resort, Avila Hotel, Hilton Curaçao and Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort.
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