Local runners can join more than 250 passengers from the Caribbean Princess for the 6th annual Cruise to Run race, a 3.1 mile event early Monday starting at Crown Bay.
"The Department of Tourism is pleased to welcome race participants to St. Thomas and invites local runners to take part in this exciting sporting event," said Assistant Tourism Commissioner Monique Sibilly-Hodge in a statement.
The event is part of a special cruise itinerary designed for runners and other athletes which includes races and athletic events at each port of call.
Monday’s race begins at the Crown Bay dock at 9 a.m., heads west toward the University of the Virgin Islands campus to the Zone B Command Fire Station and then turns back east to Inspection Lane before ending in Crown Bay. Organizers worked in conjunction with the St. Thomas Roadrunners Association, the Department of Tourism, the Police Department, St. Thomas Rescue and the Crown Bay Center to plan the race.
Therese Hodge of the St. Thomas Roadrunners Association said motorists should be aware of lane closures along the route from around 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Registration for the race is free and takes place at 8:30 a.m. at the eastern gate at Crown Bay Dock. The Department of Tourism will provide gift bags to the first 10 runners to finish the course and souvenirs for all participants. Drinking water and power drinks will be donated by Coca-Cola.
For more information about the race contact Diana Brown at the Department of Tourism at 340-774-8784 or Therese Hodge at 340-775-6373.