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UWI prepares for annual UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon

For Release Upon Receipt - October 21, 2011

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus gears up to host its signature UWI SPEC 8th International Half-Marathon 2011 on Sunday 30th October, 2011, with First Citizens as the presenting sponsor.
The only traffic-free race in the region, the Half-Marathon is one of the most anticipated events on the local athletic calendar. This year, the race begins at the UWI SPEC from 6 am, with the 13.1 mile route remaining unchanged. The race will continue along the Priority Bus Route (PBR) to the La Resource Junction in D’Abadie, before doubling back to the UWI SPEC. The course will be complete with markers and water stations at every mile for the running convenience of the athletes from around the world including the Caribbean, USA, Latin America and Europe.

Since its inception in 2004, the UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon has grown tremendously. This year, over 1,000 local, regional and international athletes will compete for over TT$135,000 in prizes. There will be specific categories for UWI students and staff, and wheelchair as well as physically challenged competitors.

Spectators can look forward to seeing Trinidad and Tobago favourites Richard Jones and Shermin Lasaldo. Also making an appearance will be 84-year-old Lynette “Granny” Luces, 87-year-old Charles Spooner and wheelchair athlete, Rickey Singh.

Once again, 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 recognized worldwide.

There will be no registration on race day.

For more information, visit the Half-Marathon website or call (868) 662-2002 Ext. 83771, 82660, 83556 or 83571 or e-mail

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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.

(Please note that the registered name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)