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UWI SPEC to launch International Half -Marathon 2010

For Release Upon Receipt - August 18, 2010

St. Augustine

The Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) of The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago will launch its signature UWI SPEC International Half- Marathon on Wednesday 25 August, 2010. Professor Dyer Narinesingh, Acting Principal of The UWI St. Augustine Campus, will host the official media launch at the Office of the Campus Principal. First Citizens is the presenting sponsor of the UWI SPEC International Half- Marathon 2010.

Over 1,000 local, regional and international athletes will compete in the 2010 race, including specific categories for UWI students and staff and wheelchair as well as physically challenged competitors.  The Half- Marathon, which is the only traffic-free race in the region, has grown tremendously since its inception in 2004 with over 950 runners in 2009.

This year’s race will be electronically timed and any records broken in this AIMS-certified (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), and International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF)-accredited race will be recognised worldwide. Another important feature is the recognition by the National Amateur Athletic Association (NAAA) of the UWI SPEC International Half- Marathon as its official half marathon championship.

Race registration takes place from 8 September to 21 October, 2010.  There will be no registration on race day. Local participants may register at any First Citizens branch throughout Trinidad and Tobago by presenting valid picture identification and their registration fee. Race waivers will now be signed at the First Citizens branch when completing the registration. Only athletes residing outside of Trinidad & Tobago can register online at  The deadline for online registration is 16 October, 2010.

To download photos of the UWI SPEC International Half Marathon, click For more information, visit the official race website at or contact The UWI SPEC at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 3771, 2660, 3556 or 3571 or

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.