Preparations under way for 33rd Around-the-island Relay Race

Preparations under way for 33rd  Around-the-island Relay Race

PHILIPSBURG—Even if virtual official ceremonies are planned for the November 11 celebration, nothing stops the famed St. Maarten’s Day around-the-island relay race, neither hurricanes nor coronavirus or falling goverments, and this year marks the 33rd consecutive outing of the popular race which attracts both fun teams and competitive teams.

  Teams should already be assembling or finalising their 11 runners or registering for the event organised by St. Maarten Road Runners which is just around the corner. The route is the same one for the last three years but in reverse (see attached map). The start is at 7:00am at the Raoul Illidge Stadium on November 11.

  Registration is open and can be done on line or at both Tri Sport locations (Simpson Bay and Marigot) and all the information needed is on the website www.trisportsxm.com.

  “A few changes have been made as we have to respect the COVID situation,” explained Road Runners board member Susy Piscione. “Transitions are only for the runners finishing and starting their legs. No spectators, companions, cheer leaders are allowed at the transitions. Masks must be worn by everyone over the age of 13 years when entering the Raoul Illidge Stadium at the finish and start (but not for competitors running out of or into the stadium.”

  Entry categories are Adult Teams, Teen Teams (13-18 years), and Junior Teams. Last year 38 teams participated. The race was won by the French side’s Avenir Sportif Club elite team who clocked the fastest time of 2:18:36.