One of the destination events travel groups and cruise companies put together for their passengers are running cruises; they seek out exotic destinations with natural beauty and culture exchange, among other attractions.
On Monday morning, Feb. 6, in Frederiksted, the Virgin Islands Pace Runners hosted the “We Run the World Running Cruise.” This group of almost 300 runners dominated the scene of the docking of Royal Caribbean Coral of the Seas cruise ship as they gathered in front of the Customs House, the spot where Wallace Williams, V.I.Pace Runners founder/race director, welcomed them and let it be known that where they gathered and where they would start and finish the 5K and 10K runs is where the Emancipation of Slaves in the Danish West Indies took place in 1848.
The run took them into the rain forest on Mahogany Road and brought them to the Ann Abramson Pier through the historic streets of Frederiksted.
The event is a series that began in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and includes stops in St. Croix, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. It is a cooperative effort of the V.I. Department of Tourism, V.I. Police Department and St. Croix Rescue; it is organized by The Run the World Running Cruise and the Virgin Islands Pace Runners.
The next event on the V.I.Pace Runners calendar is The 32nd Toast-to-the Captain 8.3 Road Race set for 6 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, with the start and finish at the Christiansted National Historic Site of the National Park Service.