This trail race on St. John features beautiful views, diverse ecosystems, and challenging single track climbs and descents. The course from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay follows a renowned series of National Park trails that traverse peaks, ridges, ravines, and beaches across the entire island.
The half marathon course distance is 13.6 miles with an elevation gain of 2,772 feet. The course is technically challenging with several steep ascents and descents on very rugged trails. The finish line and post-race celebration and awards ceremony will be at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay.
Runners need to be carrying at least one water bottle and fully self-supported running is encouraged. There are several transition checkpoints across roads that will have replacement water (if not self-supported). The longest segment between checkpoints is 4.5 miles (Fish + Reef Bay). Supporters of the racers may cheer them on at these transition points, but great care should be take at the Reef Bay Trail Head, due to traffic danger in that area.
There are several public toilets along the route, including at miles 0, 2.5, 7, 9, and 11. The maximum time for the half marathon will be 4.0 hours, and 3.0 hours for the 9.5 Miler. These max time cutoffs are intended to avoid taxing our volunteers or St. John Rescue in their sweep of the course. As a guide to estimating your finish time, assume it will take about 2.5 times as long as the 8 Tuff Miles road race for the Half Marathon, and about 2 times as long for the 9.5 Miler.
NEW: The Relay exchange points are the L'esperance Trail Head (4 miles) and Maho Bay (9.5 miles). Runners will tag up on the honor system. Runners are responsible for their own transportation to and from the exchange points and there will be a shuttle from Maho Bay to Coral Bay for the 9.5 Miler runners.
Before registering please review the course description and make sure this race is a good match for your abilities and training goals.
Local time: 1:17 PM
- If you don’t have any trail running experience, this race is not for you.
- If you don't enjoy running on rocks and roots, this race is not for you.
- If you think your road training will be adequate, this race is not for you