Bay Street Esplanade, Bridgetown
Bay Street, Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados
The course then winds its way along the streets of Bridgetown, a historic seaport with the distinctive honour of being part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Runners run under the Independence Arch and over the Chamberlain Bridge (dates back to 1865) with wonderful views of the Parliament Buildings, completed in 1873 and housing the third oldest parliament in the Commonwealth. As the Bridge is left behind runners will glimpse the statue of Admiral Lord Nelson, a statue erected in 1813 which pre-dates the Nelson's Column in London by nearly 30 years. The scenic route then continues along the Careenage adjacent to the Bridgetown Boardwalk. The marathon and half-marathon route takes runners along the west coast where spectacular vistas of the Caribbean Sea can be enjoyed from various vantage points. Cricket fans will enjoy the view of Kensington Oval with the statue of Sir Garfield Sobers batting out front.
The start and finish of the “out and back” mostly flat route are at the picturesque Bay Street Esplanade, opposite the Prime Minister's office and overlooking the magnificent Carlisle Bay. The returning route through Bridgetown travels up the well-known Broad Street, crosses the Charles Duncan O'Neal Bridge with views of Independence Square and heads back to Bay Street for the finish. Marathon runners will complete TWO laps of the ½-marathon course.
The King and Queen of Run Barbados are undoubtedly Hugh Jones of Britain and Kim Goff of the USA. Hugh Jones, the first British man to win the London Marathon (2:09:24,1982) won the Barbados Marathon six times between 1990 and 1996. Hugh Jones is considered a great friend of the event and still holds the race record (2:22:33) that he set in 1991. Kim Goff of the US is the 11-time winner of the Women’s Marathon and has participated in the Series for 24 consecutive years. Kim is a four time Big Sur International Marathon Champion and has several half-marathon wins under her belt across the USA. Kim is extremely popular with the other runners and is always welcomed with open arms. In 2015 Kim will celebrate her 25th anniversary in her beloved event and run the Barbados Marathon for the 20th time.
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