Runners and walkers are invited to join the St. John Ten Bay 10K Road Race scheduled for 7:15 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 2. The race will feature a challenging and scenic course within the Virgin Islands National Park along the North Shore Road. Beginning at the National Park Visitor Center, the course traverses the north shore of St. John for 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), overlooking 10 of the world’s most beautiful bays and beaches, finishing at Maho Bay beach.
There is a 2-hour time limit to complete the race. Runners and walkers must be able to keep at least a consistent 19-minute per mile place on steep, hilly roads. The westbound lane of North Shore Road will be closed during the event. Portions of the lane will re-open to traffic at specific times, and participants must reach checkpoints by a certain time threshold.
The $35 entry fee per athlete ($25 for youth) includes a Silipint finisher’s award, on-course support and post-race snacks. Prizes made by a local artist will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers.
Sign up online at www.tenbay10k.com or at The Tap Room between 4-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, if space is still available. Participation is capped at 100; there is no registration the day of the race.
Drivers traveling from Coral Bay to Cruz Bay between 6:30-9:15 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, should plan to take Centerline Road/Route 10 because the westbound lane of North Shore Road/Route 20 will be closed. Drivers going to Francis Bay/Annaberg will be permitted to use King’s Hill Road/Route 20. The westbound lane will reopen at Caneel Bay entrance at approximately 7:40 a.m.; at the Peter Bay entrance at approximately 8:25 a.m.; at Cinnamon Bay at approximately 8:40 a.m.; and Route 20/King’s Hill Road/Colombo’s Smoothie’s at approximately 9:15 a.m.
The race directors are committed to making this event plastic-free (no single-use plastic water or beverage bottles).