November 2016

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Kenyan born Hilary Too out ran the field of more than 1,000 runners in the 13.1 mile journey that made the 13th edition of The University of the West Indies’ Sports and Physical Education Centre (UWI SPEC) International Half-Marathon. The top female in the race was Yeisy Alvarez of Venezuela.

Prior to race day, UWI SPEC and Race Director, Major David Benjamin indicated that the prizes for this year’s race totalled $150,000 in cash and gift prizes. The top five prizes in the Open/ International Category for male and female were $16,500, $11,900, $8,000, $5,300 and $3,300. The Team/Club Category prizes were $8,000, $4,000 and $3,000. The National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago (NAAA) national prizes were $1,500, $1,000 and $500. There was a $5,000 incentive for a T&T male going under 1 hour 10 minutes, and likewise, the bonus for a T&T female running sub-1:17:30 that was also $5,000. There were UWI and University prizes, eight age-groups, and wheelchair, physically challenged and Special Olympics categories. The full list of winners in all categories will be available in the December issue of The UWI Today. First Citizens Bank continued as the presenting sponsor for the international half-marathon, a artnership that has been in place since the inception of the event. Jason Julien, Deputy CEO of Business Generation at First Citizens, said the financial institution was pleased to once again be the main sponsor and underscored the importance of the initiative. “For us the UWI/SPEC International Half-Marathon is not just an event on the calendar, but something we believe in investing in, as part of our efforts to encourage everyone in our community, the nation as a whole and the Caribbean to take part and challenge (them) in a unique and special way,” he said.

The formal prize-giving will take place late November.