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UWI SPEC launches International Half-Marathon 2011

For Release Upon Receipt - September 21, 2011

St. Augustine

The Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) of The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago, launched its signature UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon on Tuesday 20th September, 2011. Professor Clement Sankat, Principal of The UWI St. Augustine Campus, hosted the official media launch at the Office of the Campus Principal. First Citizens was the presenting sponsor of the UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon 2011.

The launch featured a welcome address by Ms. Lystra Francis, Director of the UWI SPEC (Ag.) and Race Director, and remarks by the Honourable Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport. It also included the presentation of the $450,000 sponsorship cheque by Mr. Warren Sookdar, Chief Information Officer (Information and Communication Technology) at First Citizens, to Professor Sankat.

Over 1,000 local, regional and international athletes competed in the 2011 race, including specific categories for UWI students, UWI staff, and physically challenged competitors. The Half-Marathon, which is the only traffic-free race in the region, has grown tremendously from 300 participants at its inception in 2004 to 1,000 in 2010.

This year’s UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon is carded for Sunday 30th October, 2011.

The race will be electronically timed and any records broken in this Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS)-certified, 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 20th September to 25th October, 2011. 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 20th October, 2011.

To download photos of the UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon, click For more information contact The UWI SPEC at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 83771, 82660, 83556 or 83571 or

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