The 2013 edition of the Trinidad and Tobago International Marathon is all over. What a great time was had by all. Everybody agrees that the races were a great success with 1100 athletes crossing the finish line. Juan Carlos Cardona Rios ran home with the first place in a time of 2 hours 23 minutes 51 seconds with Mark Chepses 2:24:32 and Peter Omae Ayieni 2:26:26 in second and third respectively; and Mary Akor taking her 7th title in 2 hrs 49 minutes 13 secs, flying home with the Challenge Trophy ahead of Leah Kigen 2:52:30 and Judy Kimuge 2:59:02 both of Kenya in second and third respectively. In the half marathon Lionel Dandrade of Guyana did a repeat in 1:20:02 with Tonya Nero, T&T’s marathon record holder taking the first in the ladies in 1:23:42 from Michelle La Fleur of Savannah GA in second and Celine Lestrade of T&T third. See results page for more details.
On the Saturday Kiss Baking Co. enlightened everyone with the Kiss Village with lots of giveaways and energetic entertainment. The School’s 4×1 Relay and 5K went off in fine style with many clubs, teams and groups coming out to have a healthy fun evening all in aid of charity.
On Friday evening, the Pasta Party was held at the Normandie Hotel, host hotel for 2013, when our guests and foreign participants were graced with live cultural entertainment, limbo and tassa. Our Charity, the Special Olympics of T&T were also presented with a cheque for TT$6,000.00 courtesy Kiss Baking Co. and the TT Marathon Committee (TTMC). View memories on our photo page.
Live streaming of the event was recorded for the first time on streamevents.tv and can still be viewed. Please give us your feedback we’d love to hear your views. Incentives were provided for the 16-29 age groupers running the marathon, and the marathon magazine was once again available for runners to catch up on the history of the event. Look out for innovations in the coming year for the 32nd edition on Sunday January 26, 2014.
This festival of races would not have been possible without the assistance of the following: The TT Ministry of Sport, Kiss Baking Co., Tourism Development Company, Caribbean Airlines, Blue Waters, Gatorade, Kenny’s Sport Centres, Normandie Hotel, Scripj, TT Regiment, TT Police Service, PTIs, M&A Nadur, RAR Graphics, TEAM, Arthur Lok Jack Volunteers, Queen’s Royal College, TT Cadets, Nestle Trinidad, Dorset Cereals, Angostura Ltd, Kendal Ramkissoon, Richard Quamie’s Fruits, Rotoplastics, Frosty’s Ice, Father Matthew D’hereaux & Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church, Ramdial’s Transport Service, Nigel’s Tyre Shop, David Jacob, Kathleen Montoute-Remy, Ronda Betancourt, Charmaine Betaudier, Edison Isaac, Green Engineering Co Ltd., La Danse Caraibe and Heather Henderson-Gordon; Malick Rhythm Boys Tassa; Joyce Henderson, Water Station and other Volunteers.