EST. 2010

Caribbean Marathons You Need On Your Race Calendar

Travel is at its best when it’s exhilarating—when it thrusts you out of your safe zone and pushes you to expand your horizons. While this expansion is usually mental (allowing you to revise your worldview and increase your empathy toward your fellow man), sometimes you may crave a solid physical challenge as well. One of the best ways to scratch that itch is by taking part in some of the most picturesque and punishing events in the world: Caribbean marathons.

Marathon addiction

For the past 10 years, I’ve been dabbling in running. Sure, it started small. Soon enough, though, I found myself taking part in a turkey trot here, a fun 5k race there. Then before I knew it, I had a multi-year streak of completing the Brooklyn Half Marathon. From there, it was a slippery slope that eventually culminated in me running the largest marathon in the world just a few days ago: The New York City Marathon.

The agony of the everything - TCS New York City Marathon

The agony of the everything – TCS New York City Marathon

I was all the things most first-time marathon runners are. Overconfident out the gate. Underprepared for the pain to come. Exuberant when buoyed by the crowd. Lost in torment during the lonely stretches. And finally, incredibly euphoric at the end.

Once I’d hurtled my broken body across the finish line, I hobbled in agony several blocks to a school where my neighborhood track club (The Prospect Park Track Club) had set up a recovery area. I swear, when I walked through the door and everyone cheered wildly before handing me a beer, it was all I could do not to collapse in tears.

And for some bizarre reason, all I can think of right now is… doing it all again. This time, though, I want to test myself in the region I love: the Caribbean.

Caribbean Marathons

Luckily, there exists quite a robust calendar of running events throughout the West Indies. Here are a few Caribbean marathons and half marathons in the coming months that are worth planning your next Caribbean travel adventure around.

Date Event Where
Nov 18 Global Ports Marabana Cuba Cuba
Nov 25 KLM Curaçao Marathon  Curaçao
Nov 25 Fort-de-France Half-Marathon  Martinique
Dec 2 Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K  Jamaica
Dec 2 International Cayman islands Marathon Grand Cayman
Dec 9 Run Barbados Marathon  Barbados
Dec 16 St. Croix International Marathon  St. Croix
Jan 20 Marathon Bahamas  The Bahamas
Jan 27 Trinidad and Tobago Marathon  Trinidad
Mar 15 The Kingston City Marathon  Jamaica
Mar 23  Dog Days Half Marathon  Grand Bahama Island
Mar 31 Varadero Half Marathon  Cuba
May 19  Sea to Sea Marathon  Tobago
May 26 Run in Paradise  Antigua
Jun 2 KLM Aruba Marathon  Aruba

No, there won’t be over 50,000 finishers like in the NYC Marathon. And no, there won’t be two million spectators on the course. But what these races offer is equally appealing, if you ask me. Instead of spectacle, there’s intimacy. Instead of scale, there’s an actual chance that you, yes you, might win your age group or otherwise qualify for prize money!

Listen, marathons are torturous. They push you to your limits mentally and physically. They punish you relentlessly for hours on end. And yet, somehow, through the process, you find yourself on the other side. And I think I’m hooked.

So, I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping to find myself running in the Caribbean sometime very soon!

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