Presented by First Citizens


The 16th staging of The UWI SPEC Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 20th October, 2019. This prestigious event is one of the signature events hosted by The University of the West Indies St. Augustine.

This year, the half marathon will include a new feature of the 4 x 5K relay race. The race will commence at The UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (UWI SPEC) at 5:00 a.m. The 13.1 mile route remains unchanged with runners enjoying a race of the traffic-free Priority Bus Route from St. Augustine to the La Resource Junction in D’Abadie and return.

The course will be completed with mile markers and relay exchange zones. Participation has significantly grown over the past fifteen (15) years moving from 300 participants in 2004 to over 1300 in 2018.

Collaboration with the local sporting federations, the National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago (NAAATT) and the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) allows us to be certified locally and accredited by AIMS and the IAAF. Locally, the NAAA uses the event as its official half marathon championship.

For more information, browse this website or call (868) 645-9239 or (868) 662-2002 ext. 83808, 83771, 82660, 83556 or 83571 or e-mail specinfo@sta.uwi.edu .





With over TT$150,000 in cash prizes and hampers, the UWI SPEC International Half Marathon has something for every one. From the young (15-19) to young at heart (80 and over), prizes are distributed in Male and Female categories ranging from TT$500 to TT$1000. The grand prize of Open International Male or Female takes home a grand total of US$2000 plus bragging rights for the next year. Categories are also available for differently abled athletes and physically challenged athletes.

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Here are some tips for the novice runner to the experienced athlete.


Before you begin half-marathon training you should be able to run for at least 30 minutes without stopping.


During half-marathon training 65% of your total calories should come from carbohydrates.

Right Gear

Treat your feet to a good pair of running shoes to ensure you encounter no problems. Train in them before race day.

Warm Up & Cool Down

Always warm up before training or racing, with stretches and other appropriate exercises and then don't forget to cool down.


Always remember to carry and consume 6-8 oz of fluids every 20 minutes while running.

Avoid Injury

Try to avoid injury by using your non-running days to rest and recover. Taking time off to treat soreness will minimise your chances of injury.


You should allow your body the rest it needs between training so it can recover. From one run to the next, your body gets stronger.

Facts About THE RACE

Since the inception in 2004, the UWI Spec 1/2 Marathon has evolved into an international event with participants from all over the world

  • 1600

  • 16

    Consecutive Years
  • 11

  • 150000

    TT$ Prizes