40 years of the prestigious Run Barbados marathon
FLASHBACK - Start of the 2019 Barbados marathon (photo courtesy runBarbados)
December 5, 2023
40 years of the prestigious Run Barbados marathon

This coming Friday, December 8 will mark 40 years of the prestigious Run Barbados Marathon, the largest marathon in the Caribbean.

The sports event’s unique route takes participants on a scenic journey through some of Barbados’s most historic landmarks, and this year will be no exception, as it will once again encompass a festive atmosphere fused with a spirit of camaraderie.

One of Barbados’s premier sporting activities, the event is celebrated as the largest marathon in the Caribbean, with participation by runners expected from all six continents.

“This year’s Run Barbados Race Weekend is a celebration of four decades of fitness, passion, and the spirit of community. The Fun Mile, making its exciting comeback, adds an extra layer of joy and inclusivity to the event. We believe it will be a highlight for participants of all ages, fostering a sense of unity and accomplishment. I am particularly excited about the energy and enthusiasm that this year’s festivities will bring,” stated Kamal Springer, Sports Manager, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Action starts on Friday, December 8 with the PWC Fun Mile which will be held at the historic Garrison Savannah at 8:00 p.m.

Being a “fun mile”, this race is all about having fun aside from the competitive element. It will be a glow-themed race and participants are welcome to come out in costumes with their whole crew, schoolmates, colleagues, family and friends, and along the route they can enjoy the Barbadian characters, music, powder, 360 stations and of course, food will be on sale.

A special treat is in place for horse lovers with a series of night racing events that will be held on that evening by the Barbados Turf Club. The Fun Mile will be featured on the line-up of events and will be the penultimate race.

Next is the serious competition which commences on Saturday December 9, with races on Barbados scenic East Coast. Barclay’s Park in St Andrew is the starting point for the races, and the route will take runners on a journey through some of the island’s most beautiful landmarks.

Saturday’s races will include the Casuarina 10k, which is one of the oldest races in the Caribbean and the popular Sleeping Giant 5k race.

Sunday December 10 will be the final day of racing and will feature the Joe’s River 5k Walk, the Farley Hill Marathon, and the Sand Dunes Half-marathon.