Thursday 20 June, 2019

PHOTOS: Visitors enjoy Run Barbados and plan to return

Scott and Erica Matheson from Toronto, Canada, participated in the

Scott and Erica Matheson from Toronto, Canada, participated in the

                             By Michron Robinson

Runners came out from all pockets of the globe for the 2018 Cave Shepherd VISA Card 5K Race

The run which went from Bay Street through town and back to Bay Street was described as an intense and humid trek by those who slammed tar in the sunshine and rain.

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Loop News spoke to runners from St Lucia, Canada, New York and Trinidad and Tobago after they cooled down from the long run.

St Lucia’s Laura-Lynn Limery said that she believed this run was better in comparison with last year:

“I really enjoyed the experience, it is way flatter than St Lucia,” the eighteen-year-old explained.

A couple from Toronto, Canada, Scott and Erica Matheson, said that they loved how well organized the run was:

“It was lots of fun. I’ve come here twenty-one years ago to participate in a run and now times afterwards,” Scott said.

Standing next to the Gazebo as other runners sheltered from the now pouring rain was a group from Run The Sol. Run The Sol is an American based group for distance runners who travel for vacation and running purposes.

Visitors love the 2018 Cave Shepherd VISA Card 5K Race

Kimberly Williams who came out for the run representing her hometown New York, said that this is the third year that she came for Run Barbados, with the first time being two years ago:

“It was a little humid but the sun was tame and there were good setups of the water stations,” she explained.

While another member of the group who didn’t give his name said that this was the first time that he came down to Barbados for the run, he found it to be very enjoyable:

“You have wonderful people and we went to Oistins to hang out which was really great. Run the Sol though would love if Bajans can become a part of it,” he said.

The group added that Barbados is a good place for running-based tourism:

“People get to experience Barbados when they participate.”

In fact, the youngest runner for the evening was one-year-old Lucca McClean from Barbados. His father Corey McClean participated with him:

“It was more difficult than I expected.

"This is Lucca’s first 5K, so I ran without moving my arms as I’m holding on to his pram and that was a little harsh."

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