One event the Island host is the Captain Morgan Ironman and Triathlon. This Ironman is one of the top in the world because of the challenges is poses and the views it provides. You can qualify for the 28 Hawaii Ironman through this race. Competitors begin with a 1.24 mile swim through the world renowned Virgin Island waters. Then at Fort Christiansvearn competitors switch gears (literally and figuratively) and begin their 56 mile bike course. In this course is a hill known as “The Beast”. It is a 600 foot, 7/10 of a mile hill with grades from as steep as 14% all of the way up to 21%. After conquering that competitors then run the remaining 13.1 miles until crossing the finish line in downtown Christiansted. If that all seems a little too much for you; a simpler triathlons is ran at the same time. This includes a 450 meter swim, an 8 mile bike ride (“The Beast not included), and a 4 mile run to finish it off.
If you consider yourself to be some sort of fish, the Coral Reef Swim might be something more your speed. The swim offers opportunities for swimmers of different capabilities with 1 mile, 3 mile, and 5 mile options. You’ll be swimming through crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches. This open water race is world renowned and has had multiple Olympic swimmers compete including 3 time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Amanda Beard.
Maybe you’re not much into biking or swimming. St. Croix still has something to offer to those competitors that simply enjoy a running high. St. Croix is host to the U.S. Virgin Islands marathon and half marathon. It’s a challenging run with beautiful ocean views throughout the entire race. Just in case you’re crazy enough to finish a marathon and want to keep on running, St. Croix has something in store for you. The St. Croix Scenic fifty is a race for those seeking to truly test the limits of the human body. The race is a 50 mile run throughout the island. The course may offer some pretty steep inclines but it also offers some amazing views. If 50 miles seems a little to daunting you can be part of a four person relay to conquer the 50 miles. If you’re someone who want something a little more challenging than a marathon but doesn’t want to quite run 50 miles, there is a 50km (around 31 miles).
Athletes from all around the world flock to St. Croix each year to compete because there is no better place to compete. While here you can take some times to engage in many of the other attractions the Island has to offer. Use this as a chance to take in the diverse culture that makes up the US Virgin Islands. The island is a place where your whole family can have fun the days leading up to them cheering you on. Most marathons and competitions like it offer urban landscapes to run through. So why not mix it up and enjoy a attractions of beaches and rainforest. Come experience competing in paradise. Be careful though, you may never want to leave.
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