Great Train Run

The Colin Hudson Great Train Hike is held annually on the third Sunday in February. The total distance is about 41 Km (about 25 miles).
The Hike starts at 6:00am at Independence Square in Bridgetown, although some groups start as early as 4:00am.
See here for press coverage of the hike organized by Hike Barbados and the Barbados National Trust.
Watch this video for some more info.
The 2016 Colin Hudson Great Train Hike will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2016, starting at 6:00 am at Independence Square.



PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE ANY ORGANIZED RUN IN 2016. If you are an experienced trail runner (marathon distance and beyond) and wish to run the route in 2016, please review the below details and maps on www.run246.com and then email ralf@ufukuzo.com for any questions.
The entire route is on public land, but it is not marked and conditions of the trail may vary.

For details of the 2013 run see below:

Great Train Run


The Great Train Run is a footrace open to runners and hikers.
It took place on Sunday, February 17, 2013, starting at 5:00 am at Independence Square.
The route is about 41 Km and is made up of 8 stages varying in length between 2.9 Km and 6.5 Km.
The surface consists of asphalt/concrete roads/sidewalks, cart roads and trails (woods, grass, beach).

As not everyone is willing/able to run/hike close the marathon distance, especially when it is mostly on trail, the event will had relay/team categories.
Individual (each participant runs/hikes all eight sections for a total distance of about 41km)
Team of 2 (each participant runs/hikes four sections for a total distance 18-22km)
Team of 4 (each participant runs/hikes two sections for a total distance of 8-12km)
Team of 8 (each participant runs/hikes one section with a total distance of 3-6.5km)
Team runners/hikers in the 2 and 4 category are free to choose whether to run/hike one or more of their segments consecutively or take turns.

Please go to www.run246.com for details of the 2013 Great Train Run: "A 40Km  Footrace for Runners and Hikers"

The intention is to have aid stations to provide water and Powerade at the start and end of each section, i.e. every 3 to 6.5km and the route will be clearly marked.
The entry fee has not yet been determined, but will probably be in the $25 to $40 range per person, which would include water, Powerade before, during and after, a finisher medal for everyone and a few prizes for the top finishers (depending on what we get from the sponsors).
We plan to start at 5:00am, sunrise is at 6:20am, so the first two, maybe three segments will require running/hiking with a torch or headlamp.
For those who do not like running on trail at all, the last section from Cattlewash to Belleplaine is entirely on asphalt road (about 5km). The first section, from Independence Square to Salters is mostly on road.
For more information, email ralf@ufukuzo.com or go to www.run246.com

History

In 2010, Ufukuzo member Ralf Luther ran the entire route, starting at Independence Square in Bridgetown at 4:30 am and finishing in Belleplaine at just after 8:30 am. Jerry Harewood (stages 1 and 2), Winston Mascoll (stages 3, 4, 5 ,6, 7 and 8), Vaughn Renwick (stages 5, 6, 7 and 8) and Paulina Valencia (stage 8) provided support on various sections of the route. 2010 Pictures

In 2011, Ralf was joined by Ufukuzo members Winston Mascoll and Andre Procope on the entire route, with Victor Henken (stages 1, 2 and 8) and Vaughn Renwick (stages 5, 6, 7 and 8) providing support..
They started at 4:30 am finished at just after 9:00 am in Belleplaine. 2011 Pictures
Vaughn's blog  entry of his experience in 2011.

In 2012, Winston and Ralf were joined by Ufukuzo members Lidia, Paulina and Roger (his first run beyond 20 miles) and Trinidadian visitors John (a veteran of 37 marathons) and Curtis (first run beyond 16 miles). For a third year in a row, Vaughn ran Stages 5, 6, 7 and 8. This year also saw Danielle (Stages 1, 3 and 8), Lauren, Dawn and Mark (Stages 3, 4 and 5), Rachel (Stages 3 and 4), Carla (Stages 4, 5, 6 and 7) and Eric (Stages 5, 6 and 7) running some sections of the route.
Click here for additional information for the 2012 run.
2012 Pictures
Danielle's blog entry for 2012.
Lauren's blog entry for 2012.

The Great Train Run Route
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