2016 marked the 34th Edition of the Trinidad and Tobago International Marathon. The usual two starts at 3.30 a.m. for the slower participants and walkers and the main event at 5.00 a.m. went off as planned. The decision to host the first TTIM Relay was a big hit with thirty-six teams facing the starter and the excitement of competition in the air. Team camaraderie was at a high and augured well for the future and the development of distance running. One school, Maple Leaf International completed the course and took home the School Trophy, while the Olympians took the Open category with the Defence Force Athletic Team coming in a close second.
In the marathon, five time participant in the Trinidad and Tobago event, Mark Kipkosgei Chepses sprinted home ahead of last year’s winner Juan Carlos Cardona Rios (2hr 29min 09sec) to take first place in a time of 2hr 28min 58sec and third was Guyanese Kelvin Johnson, in a time of 2hr 41min 42sec, a staple name here in road racing.
In the women, Leah Kigen, a third place finisher in 2014 finished first in a time of 2hr 58min 43secs with local Christine Regis taking second place in 3 hrs 22min 38sec. Camille Hernandez, a first time marathoner finished in third 3hr 57min 53sec and also took home the First Timers’ prize.
The top local prizes went to last year’s winners Curtis Cox and Christine Regis. Curtis placed fourth overall (2hr 47min 20sec) behind Johnson, and Christine once again received the Dana Seetahal/MaPau challenge trophy and $5000.
The Trinidad and Tobago Marathon Committee (TTMC) is pleased to collaborate with the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) once again on its charitable call for #10golds24 initiative and support for the Athlete Preparation Fund. This year was no less exciting as the celebrities came out in support. Her Excellency Mrs. Reema Carmona, completed the last leg of the relay while soca artiste Faye Ann Lyons and her team also participated. Chief Justice Ivor Archie and his family ran a four member team covering the entire course of the marathon. They were all in support of the cause and the dedication of athletes, as well as the need for a healthy lifestyle.
The 35th Edition in 2017 will be held on Sunday January 29. Look out for positive changes to make the race even bigger and better! We thank our sponsors without whom it would not be possible: Gatorade, National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB), the Tourism Development Company (TDC), Blue Waters, Subway, MaPau, Nestle Trinidad Ltd., Agility Sports, Hadco, Green Engineering, TTOC, and the many services that make it possible.