35 Years of Barbados Run!

35 Years of Barbados Run! 

This December 1-3, the Caribbean’s oldest road running festival, will celebrate its 35th year when it kicks off in December at the Bay Street Esplanade overlooking the magnificent Carlisle Bay. “Run Barbados”, an event which was conceptualised by locals, Sir Austin Sealy and Carl Bayley , has morphed into much more than the initial two races back in 1983. Today, this exciting event has evolved into one of the premier sporting attractions on the island with five running races and a walk over three days.


Barbados Run has drawn stellar competitors over the years, including the first-ever IAAF World Marathon champion Australia’s Rob de Castella, who won the first Run Barbados men’s 10K race. Also, Hugh Jones, the first British man to win the London Marathon (1982) won the Barbados Marathon six times. The great Catherine Ndereba, Geoff Smith, Alberto Cova, Ron Hill, Kipkoskei, Jill Hunter and Dylan Wykes to name a few, have all run the event.  The Ladies 10K in 2016 resulted in the most dramatic finish ever recorded in the event’s history. Trinidad’s Tonya Nero passed Canadian Olympians Natasha Wodak and Lanni Marchant on the line. A video of the finish enjoyed over 13.5 million views online.


Last year’s 2016 Run Barbados attracted over 2,000 entries across the six events and over 80% of the competitors visited from around the globe: Canada, USA, France, Spain, Germany, Malaysia, Colombia, Venezuela, UK, Sweden and many Caribbean islands.


Together with title sponsor the Cave Shepherd Group of Companies, Run Barbados presents its 2017 races: Cave Shepherd Marathon, Fortress Half-Marathon, Colombian Emeralds Int’l 10K, Cave Shepherd Visa Credit Card 5K, Ganzee 5K Walk for Charity and the Signia Fun Mile.


For registration and other info: Run Barbados Marathon