SOURCE: Nevis Tourism Authority

Nevis Tourism Authority

August 09, 2016 12:19 ET

Nevis Marathon & Running Festival Offers Something for Everyone

CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS--(Marketwired - August 09, 2016) - With a distance to fit every athlete, the Nevis Marathon and Running Festival is a welcome addition to any active vacation itinerary.

Held on Thursday September 8 and Saturday, September 10, 2016 on the beautiful Caribbean island of Nevis, the competitions are ideal for beginners as much as they are for the seasoned marathon runner. While the main event is the Full Marathon, a Half Marathon, a 10K and a 5K distances are also offered. Simply choose your distance, register and make your way to Nevis.

The 5K run takes place on the streets of Charlestown, the capital of Nevis with the streets lined with spectators to cheer on the runners and walkers. The 10K run starts in Charlestown and meanders to the quaint village called Cotton Ground and finishes back in Charlestown. The Half Marathon commences at Charlestown and continues to Vance Amory International Airport and back to Charlestown. The Full Marathon and Marathon Relay (4-person team of any gender, with each person running a 10.5 K.) begin in Charlestown, circle the entire island and return to Charlestown, the starting point.

The courses are hilly with the exception of the 5k, particularly the marathon but runners will be able to take in the beauty for which Nevis is known - the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and Nevis Peak, which rises up in the center of the island, as well as many picturesque vistas and colorful flora. The 10K course has one rise as it heads uphill to the St. Thomas Church, which has a maximum elevation of 150'.

The Half Marathon is an undulating course that takes in St. Thomas Hill, the rise from Nelson Spring to Cades Bay, and finally the short, but steep Hurricane Hill just after passing the Oualie Beach Hotel, before making a turnaround right next to the Vance Amory International Airport. The Full Marathon and Marathon Relay course is the same and it circles the entire island. This course encompasses the most challenging hill, which is known as the Anaconda Hill. You will encounter the Anaconda Hill after exiting Charlestown, and before entering the village of Gingerland. The remainder of the course is mostly rolling hills and relatively flat, until you reach the start/finish line in Charlestown. There will be numerous water and feed stations along the route space and runners are assured of stunning vistas and views throughout their course in this tropical paradise.

Families who are looking for a vacation where they can accomplish something active and challenge themselves will wish to consider the events, as will those who take running seriously and travel in pursuit of their sport. And beyond the event, Nevis is an island of natural beauty and luxurious and family-friendly resorts, relaxing beaches, lush interior and exceptional culinary offerings. And, it's easy to get to from the US with flights into St. Kitts and a scenic, seamless and enjoyable ferry to the paradise that is Nevis.

For more information about the Nevis Marathon and Running Festival, visit www.nevismarathon.com. Here, you will also learn of hotels and resorts that may be of interest or offer packages.

About Nevis:
Nevis is part of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis and is located in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. Conical in shape with a volcanic peak at its center known as Nevis Peak, the island is the birthplace of the founding father of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. The weather is typical of most of the year with temperatures in the low to mid-80s°F / mid 20-30s°C, cool breezes and low chances of precipitation. Air transportation is easily available with connections from Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. For more information about Nevis, travel packages and accommodations, please contact the Nevis Tourism Authority, USA Tel 1.407.287.5204, Canada 1.403.770.6697 or our website www.nevisisland.com and on Facebook - Nevis Naturally.

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