Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Run (or walk) in the Sun – KLM Curacao Marathon 2014

Join in Curacao's first ever Marathon, Sunday 30 November 2014 - there's something for everyone! marks KLM's 80 year anniversary of flying to Curacao. Sponsored by KLM, this innovative event is for folks of all ages and fitness levels.

Participants can run or walk 5km or 10km, or take on a half or full marathon, or (not for the faint of heart as The Royal Netherlands Navy are involved!) a 15 k trail. There's even a special event for kids - the Lito Kids’ Run - on Saturday 29 November, sponsored by Maduro & Curiel’s Bank.

The route will be unique, to say the least.
Starting from Lions Dive & Beach Resort, participants will head along the Curacao coastline and the colourful Handelskadeover, past schools and local neighbourhoods you may never otherwise notice, over the famous Queen Emma pontoon bridge (‘swinging old lady’) and the Queen Juliana Bridge. At a height of 185 feet (> 100m) above sea level, this is the highest bridge in the Caribbean and usually closed to pedestrians, so a very cool - and unique - opportunity.

Musical support along the entire route will help motivate participants and spectators alike, and hotels (including Avila Hotel, Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino, Hilton Curacao Resort, Kura Hulanda Village & Spa Curacao) and the Curacao Tourist Bureau will provide drinking stations. And Dolfijn FM radio and Curom online radio will be reporting the event from start to finish.

The evening before, a traditional ‘Pasta Party’, the first of its kind in Curacao, developed with the support of Pascal Jalhay (Michelin star chef and marathon runner) and Curacao “Culinair”, will get the party started.

The finish and after-party will be celebrated at one of the island’s most popular beaches, in front of the Lions Dive Hotel & Beach Resort, where the awards will be presented on a stage floating in the ocean. 

The Run in the Sun Foundation is organising this event, in cooperation with the Curacao Tourist Board, Curacao Athletics Association and the Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) and members.  

The goal of the Foundation is to promote running on Curacao among people of all ages. Their charity, ‘Run 4 Shoes!’ makes running shoes available to Curacao children to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle. Participants can donate whilst registering for the Marathon.

And CHATA members, The Dive Bus, will have special offers for all participants to enjoy the exact opposite of the Marathon: a quiet, relaxing underwater Curacao experience! Watch this space for more info coming soon.

To register or for more info:

All in all, this will be a spectacular and unique event in which to participate or spectate and support. 

Please share with your friends, family and colleagues!