Presented by First Citizens


The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus will once again host the 15th UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon on Sunday 28th October, 2018. First Citizens is the presenting sponsor of the UWI SPEC International Half Marathon.

This year, the Half Marathon will commence at the UWI SPEC from 5:30 a.m. with the 13.1 mile route remaining unchanged; the race will continue along the traffic-free 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 stops at every mile for the running convenience of the athletes from around the world including the Caribbean, USA, Latin America and Europe.

Over 1500 local, regional and international athletes will compete for over TT$ 135,000.00 in prizes, including specific categories for UWI students and staff, University Students and wheelchair as well as physically challenged competitors. Participation has grown over the years from 300 at its inception in 2004 to over 1200 in 2017 – for this the only traffic free race of its kind in the region.

Once again, this year’s race will be electronically timed and any records broken in this AIMS certified, and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) accredited race will be recognized worldwide.

Another important feature is the recognition by the National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago (NAAATT) of the UWI SPEC International Half Marathon 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

  • 1500

  • 15

    Consecutive Years
  • 11

  • 150000

    TT$ Prizes