Last year it was held virtually because of the pandemic, and this year it is expected that a thousand people and international athletes will participate.
This according to William Erasmus, who works as deputy chief of Sport en Beweging, who also informed that Aruba International Half Marathon is going to be the opening for ‘One Healthy Day’, which is a whole day of physical activity, sport and health.
One Healthy Day will take place on March 20th, with activities held around the whole island for free, during which people can try out different activities like yoga, training, dancing, and sport among others. Taking into account that the event was canceled for two years because of the pandemic, and at this moment, because of flexibilization of related restrictions and also because of the decrease in active cases of Covid-19, Aruba International Half Marathon will be back for the 20th of May. The starting point will be Joe Laveist Sport Park in San Nicolas and the race will finish in Alhambra.
It will consist of an individual competition of Half Marathon of 21 kilometer. This year will include a new category, a duo in which each participant runs 10.5 kilometer. There will also be a corporate category and a relay of four people – here each participant must be from the same company or organization. There will also be a student relay with four participants, each running 5.25km. The duo is for people older than 17, and the student relay for people 12 years and up. Registration is possible online with virtual payment. It’s also possible to go personally to IBiSA from 8am to 4pm and pay cash, or register at Patrishi Sports from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. The window to register and pay to participate in the race will be on 15, 16 and 17th of March. Erasmus pointed out that participants will each receive a medal of completion, a dry-fit T-shirt, and during the race there will be points of hydration available. At the end of the race, participants will receive a package with their medal, fruit, and also soup to finish the activity.
As every year, there is an option to pick up the race package on the 19th of March at Alhambra, from 9am to 3pm.
From 4am there will be buses available to facilitate transportation for participants from Alhambra to Joe Laveist Sport Park so they can take place in the race. There will also be option for transportation for relay teams at their pick up stations to bring them to the finish spot.
Erasmus finished by saying that this year, there will be four international athletes participating in the race.
For more information visit their website onehealthyyouaruba.com.