CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- September 19 is celebrated as Independence Day on Nevis and, at that time, sports enthusiasts are expected to descend on the Caribbean island over the one-week period from September 15 to September 22 for three world class sporting events. Promoted by the Nevis Tourism Association (NTA) as ‘Nevis Race Week’, the 2014 competition includes horse racing, a running festival and motor sports.
A load of excitement is in store when the annual Dan Bartlette Memorial horse race takes place at The Indian Castle Race Track on September 16, Nevis’s National Hero’s Day. Sponsored by the Nevis Turf and Jockey Club and named for the indomitable horseracing enthusiast Dan Bartlette, it is the signature horse racing event in Nevis for the year. Started as the Dan Bartlette Memorial Stakes the occasion continues to be an extraordinary experience for spectators, both Nevisians and visitors.
The excitement of the Nevis Race Week will continue when a selection of runners from all over the world looking for their next challenge take part in the exciting three-day Nevis Marathon and Running Festival. The festival is staged from September 18 to 20. The marathon is presented as the main event, along with a half marathon, 10k, 5k and kid’s race.
The Nevis Running Festival takes place on the most beautiful running course in the Caribbean. The marathon begins in the island’s capital, Charlestown on the Caribbean Sea side of Nevis and will go out and back along the sombrero shaped land mass, offering spectacular views along the way. Runners will pass through many of the island's villages, where Nevisians will be lining the route to cheer on the participants.
With Vervet monkeys and goats roaming freely on the island along the route, runners are guaranteed to encounter some of Nevis's wildlife. On a course with a mix of steep hills and flat terrain, runners will be supported next to the track by water and feed stations, which will be enhanced by local music and island delicacies.
The 5K run will be held in the grounds of the Four Seasons, Nevis Resort, with breath-taking views of the bay and neighbouring St Kitts.
"We are thrilled to be hosting and delivering what is set to be an outstanding festival of running that Nevis will be hugely proud of," said Greg Phillip, chief executive officer, NTA.
"We look forward to warmly welcoming athletes from all over the world to come and experience the sports and culture of our beautiful island," he continued.
The two-day annual Independence Invasion drag race attracts racers from the neighbouring islands of Antigua, St Maarten and St Kitts, among others, and is staged at the St James raceway, said to be one of the finest drag racing facilities in the Caribbean.
With plans to capitalize on the regional and international appeal of drag racing, the St James Raceway has a top of line surface, international marking and international safety standards. The event is expected to draw huge crowds of locals and visitors from abroad for this international motor race competition.