The KLM Curacao Marathon is a unique event. The course is beautiful and challenging, there are four different road distances and one trail run - and the finish line is right on the beach. This winter marathon in the Caribbean is a must-do for every runner.
Curacao is a Caribbean island located only a two-hour flight from Miami, six hours away from New York and nine hours from Amsterdam. As such, it is an easy-to-reach destination and the island has lots to offer any runner.
The third edition of the KLM Curacao Marathon will be held on 27th November.
The marathon (start at 4AM) and half marathon (start at 6AM) route will take runners along the waterfront of Curacao, across the ‘Swinging Old Lady’ (the famous Queen Emma pontoon bridge) and even over one of the highest bridges in the world, the Queen Juliana Bridge, which is 185 feet above sea level. The race record, set in 2015 by Tomi Halme of Finland, is 02:50:33.
There are other distances also available: the Cavalier 5K (walk or run), Intertrust 10K (walk or run), Royal Netherlands Navy 10.5K Trail (through the peaceful nature of the Jan Thiel Salt Pans), Amstel Bright Half Marathon and KLM Full Marathon. All hotels along the course are involved in this unique running event.
The KLM Curacao Marathon welcomes participants from all over the world. The second edition saw runners from 34 countries finish at the beach, where the award ceremony and beach party took place.
Running enthusiast Natalie Diblasio wrote an article on halfmarathons.net entitled ‘I ran a marathon in Curacao, and it was amazing’.
“This race was a beautiful reminder that time isn’t everything. Running through the streets of Curacao in the early morning accompanied by rooster sounds, wagging tails of stray dogs, greetings in languages I didn’t know and the sounds of crashing waves made for the most unique and beautiful 26.2 miles I’ve ever travelled. This race reminds me of the beauty of running — exploring a new place on my own two feet,” she wrote.
See you in Curacao.