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Cave shepherd & Company Run Barbados  Weekend

Quick facts

Location Bridgetown, Barbados

Distance Marathon

About Cave shepherd & Company Run Barbados  Weekend

Barbados has it all: beach resorts from humble to grand, smashing nightlife, a UNESCO World Heritage capital, Bridgetown, a beautiful interior dotted with gardens, wild surf on the lonely east coast and a proud and welcoming populace. This is home to the Run Barbados Marathon.  Three days of exhilarating run fun.  NEW in 2018 - timing by SPORTSTATS.

This exciting event has evolved into one of the premier sporting attractions on the island with a festive atmosphere and a spirit of camaraderie that epitomizes the theme: “Come for the Run, Stay for the Fun!”

During the Run Barbados Marathon Weekend 2018 which is the 36th edition, 5 different races will take place: 
Friday Dec 7: Signia Fun Mile 
Saturday Dec 8: Dec Cave Shepherd Visa Credit Card 5K & Colombian Emeralds International 10K 
Sunday Dec 9: Fortress Half-Marathon and Cave Shepherd Marathon

Finisher medals, pasta party, music on routes, finish line by the sea, AIMS-IAAF certified routes, scenic coastal views, mainly flat, runners from all over the world!

Run Barbados event has distinguishing characteristics that can provide the experience of a lifetime. The friendly local culture, the sheer beauty of the island and the marathon course that is both scenic and historic. Barbadians are proud of the Run Barbados tradition. Since 1983!


Signia Fun Mile

  • 1.6km

Cave Shepherd Visa Card 5k Run

  • 5km

Colombian Emeralds International 10k Run

  • 10km

Fortress Half Marathon

  • 21.098km

Cave Shepherd Marathon

  • 42.195km



Visit our web site for partner hotels close to the race start and finish.  Preferred rates available for runners.

Age Limit

10K: 13 years old Half Marathon: 15 years old Marathon: 17 years old.

Aid Stations

Stations will offer water and sports drinks in cups. Longer races (Half & Marathon)  will offer fruit, energy gels, ice packs and sponges at select stations. Details of each station provided on web site. Toilets on half & marathon routes. 

Award Medals

All finishers will receive unique finisher medals for each race.  Complete three races in there days and earn a second Challenge medal. 

Equipment Storage

Bag check provided at the Bay Street Esplanade (race start and finish). 

Maximum Time

The Marathon time limit is set at 7 hours.


Guests can park close to the Bay St. Esplanade and walk in; no parking will be available at the Esplanade.

Race Kit Includes

All participants will be given they personal Race kit which includes a T-shirt, Bib, timing chip and other goodies. For timed races the Bib will have a timing chip on the back. Runners must produce proof of entry in order to collect their kit.


Stations will offer water and sports drinks, in cups. Longer races offer gels, fruit etc.  Additional refreshments at finish line. 


Timing provided by SPORTSTATS, the largest timing company in the world. 


The Half & Marathon have an early 5 am start on Dec 9 - free shuttles will provide transport from south coast hotels to race start. 

Cave shepherd & Company Run Barbados  Weekend Route Map

Cave shepherd & Company Run Barbados  Weekend Route Map


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.

Cave shepherd & Company Run Barbados  Weekend Trivia

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.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.