Montserrat > Montserrat Volcano Half Marathon & Fun
Saturday, November 27, 2010
This small, beautiful island paradise located among the Lesser Antilles
islands in the Caribbean Sea celebrates its most dramatic natural
feature with the second annual running of its Montserrat Volcano Half
Marathon & Fun Run in November of 2010, along a hilly and
challenging point-to-point course that starts in the village of St.
John's, near the island's eastern coast, and finishes in Salem Park in
the village of the same name on its western side.
Organized and staged by the Montserrat Tourism Board along with the
locally based Fittest Man Running Club and the island's Montserrat
Volcano Observatory, the race starts at the Blakes Football Field,
which lies within view of the Soufriere Hills volcano, which lay
dormant for decades before erupting in the mid-1990s, and has since
been quiet save for rare ventings of ash, which have been confined to
the island's uninhabited southern end.
What runners can expect to see along the course, however, is the
scenery that has given the country its nickname as the "Emerald Isle of
the Caribbean" -- lush, green areas thick with trees and grassy hills
and mountains. After passing through St. John's and the island's
airport near Gerald's, runners head along the race route past Davy Hill
into the areas known as Carr's Bay and Little Bay, and then hit the
turnaround that takes them southward along the island's western coast.
This next stretch of the race features some of its most beautiful
stretches along the Caribbean coast, and some of its most dramatic hills, as the course winds its
way through Cud Joe Head and the village of St. Peter's all the way
south to Woodlands and Salem, where runners then begin the final few
miles that take them through the Belham Valley and past the Isle Bay
Plantation on the way back to the finish line at Salem Park.
Weather & Climate
Located just a few miles south of St. John's, the village of Bramble
typically experiences weather much like the rest of this small
Caribbean island as a whole, which means that it sees the temperate
climate expected for its tropical location, with ample rainfall
year-round and temperatures that range between 22°C and
31°C, with little seasonal variation throughout the year. The
island also is subject to hurricane activity in the summer and fall
$18.50 for Montserrat residents
$38 for overseas residents
To reserve your spot in the late fall 2010 running of the Montserrat
Volcano Half Marathon or Fun Run, register online at the event website.
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