Thursday 29 October, 2020

No UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon this year

The University of the West Indies, (UWI) St Augustine Campus, has cancelled its 2020 edition of the UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon.

The half-marathon, which is usually scheduled at the end of October each year, would have seen an estimated 1,700 runners take to the Priority Bus Route to compete, but concerns around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have taken precedence.

Speaking on the cancellation, Professor Funso Aiyejina - Head of the St. Augustine Academy of Sport said: "We understand the disappointment that the participants may feel having put many hours of training towards this event, but cancelling this year’s Half-Marathon and 4 x 5K relay is necessary to protect all involved. The health and safety of all our stakeholders remain our number one priority. We are hopeful that 2021 would present a much safer scenario than the one being faced now for us to return for the 17th edition of the race." 

Professor Aiyejina also expressed sincere gratitude to presenting sponsor, First Citizens for their partnership and contributions to the success of the race over the years. He added that the organizing committee will use this downtime to brainstorm and plan for a bigger and better return next year.

The annual UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon is a longstanding national sporting event that has attracted accomplished athletes from different parts of the globe.

In 2019, the race experienced some positive achievements, which included the event recording its highest number of participants ever, with over 1,550 persons registered hours before the deadline.

For the past two years, the race has seen the successful addition of a 4 x 5K relay race component, as well as a tyre relay. 

For further information, persons are asked to contact The UWI St. Augustine Academy of Sport at 868-662-2002 ext 83808.

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