The Eastern Caribbean Challenge is organized by Z Adventures and the Dominica leg was hosted by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA). It is a 7-day challenge, where runners take part in 7 marathons on 6 Caribbean islands including Guadeloupe, British Virgin Islands (BVI), St. Martin, Dominica, St. Vincent, and Martinique & one on the cruise ship.
Dominica was the 5th country. Everyday a 42.2-kilometer marathon is held in a different island. The route started from the Ferry Terminal to the Woodbridge port and was later changed to a point along Goodwill Road opposite the Pottersville Savannah. The participants were required to run this route 10 times.
CEO and Founder of Z Adventures, Ziyad Rahim said many of the runners have obtained a number of world records and 9 participants had run marathons in more than 100 countries.
“The people that we’ve brought with us are basically the who’s who of marathon running. Lots of them have world records, we’ve got 9 runners who’ve run a matron in a 100 plus countries but none of them have a run a marathon in Dominica. So, it’s a new country for them,” he said.
Rahim added, “If you take all the 40 people who’ve come on this trip and combine the total number of marathons, that’s over 4000 marathons between them, they’ve completed.”
Joel Hamilton of the Dominica Athletics Association (DAA), played the role of measuring the route, and to check in terms of safety and how to best organize the safety of the runners, and thereby work with Discover Dominica and the police to ensure a safe and secure route for the runners.
Hamilton said personnel from the Dominica Red Cross, The Fire and Ambulance Department were available and on standby. The southern Caribbean Challenge will also be held in 6 Caribbean islands in June.