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Registration Open for 17th UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon

For Release Upon Receipt - September 14, 2023

St. Augustine

 Flashback - Participants of the UWI International SPEC Half-Marathon held in 2018


St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. September 14, 2023- After a three-year hiatus caused by the global disruption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine Campus is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated return of The UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon organised by The St. Augustine Academy for Sport. Registration is now open for the event scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 19th, 2023. Adding a new dimension to this year's edition is the introduction of a 5K race, which caters to a broader spectrum of individuals, enabling enthusiastic participation in a well-organized event.

 Revered as one of the flagship events hosted by The UWI St. Augustine, the UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon has seen remarkable growth over the past sixteen years. What began in 2004 with just 300 participants, has now evolved into an impressive gathering of 1600 runners in 2019, and anticipations are set even higher for this year's event.

 The race will commence at 5:00 a.m. from The UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC), with the established 13.1-mile route remaining unchanged. Runners will follow the unobstructed Priority Bus Route, starting from St. Augustine and leading to the La Resource Junction in D’Abadie, before retracing the same path. The 5K will begin at 5:15 a.m. on the same morning.

 The UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon arranged by The St. Augustine Academy for Sport is pleased to collaborate with local sporting federations, the National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago (NAAATT) and the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC). This partnership ensures local certification and accreditation by AIMS and World Athletics Locally, the NAAATT uses the event as its official half-marathon championship.

 For further details, including registration information and event updates, please visit  or call (868) 645-9239 or (868) 662-2002 ext. 82660, 83571, 82594, or 83808. Alternatively, you can reach us via email at

 Join us in making the 17th UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon an unforgettable celebration of athleticism, determination, and community spirit. We look forward to seeing you at the starting line on November 19th, 2023!

 About The University of the West Indies

 The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region for the past 75 years.

 From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona<> in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill<> in Barbados, Five Islands<> in<> Antigua and Barbuda and its<> Global Campus, and global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

 The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

 The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean in the World University Rankings, it is also in the top 25 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

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