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Christmas & New Years Run & Cruise
Dec 22, 2013 to Jan 1, 2014
Introduction to Our Running Experience:
Our fully-guided and paced running tour will offer four training runs from 5 K to 21.1 K covering the highlights of each Caribbean destination and then provide the challenges of two timed events in South Florida after the cruise. For the training runs, pace groups will be divided from expert to beginner, with walkers also invited. Water bottles will be provided at the beginning of the cruise and need to be carried on all training runs. The two Florida races will provide drinks along the race route and at the finish.
has extensive experience in all facets of our sport from track running to ultra events and trail races, and has participated in running events throughout North America. The human body, obviously, is a miraculous thing. Nobody knows that better than Gord Hobbins, owner of Gord's Running Store in Calgary and a key figure behind Alberta's boom in running as a lifestyle. An ultramarathoner himself, he even stages his own race, Gord's Frozen Ass 50, held early each February.
"People can surprise themselves at these great distances," he says. "It's all about your mental toughness when you hit the wall, whether you can pick yourself up and carry on." All body types, he reports, have an opportunity to do well, part of the reason why ultras are gaining popularity within the sport. "Ultras are fun because they also give serious racers a great excuse to go slower." As for training, there's not much more one can do than what goes into preparing for competitive marathons. "What I suggest," says Hobbins, "is that runners strive for three-hour training runs where they still feel good afterwards. And once they get to the race, here's the big tip: walk uphill, jog along the flats and run downhill."
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Run & Sea
Note: All runs are in the morning so that runners can take part in any island excursion. On each island a private group excursion is being organized by Norwegian Cruise Lines and Run & Sea.
December 22, 2013:
Miami, FL, Boarding is 2pm. At 5 pm a complimentary Meet and Greet cocktail reception and registration will take place in one of the ships lounges.
December 23, 2013:
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas:
We start with a run on your own 250-acre pristine private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay. Here we do a trail run along the coast. After that the best part, you have the complete freedom to do whatever makes you happy, including a huge array of beach and water sports, and an oceanside barbecue with Bahamian steel bands performing all day long in the background.
December 24, 2013:
Burn some calories in the gym or run laps on the ship's track, then relax and be inspired with a
December 25, 2013:
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Enjoy Christmas in beautiful Jamaica. Choose either 6 K or 21.1 K runs through Ocho Rios-"Las Chorreras" a quirky fishing town to Turtle River Falls which spills into the sea then onto Ocho Rios beach where you may take a dip in the sea before heading back to the ship.
December 26, 2013:
Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands
Welcome to Georgetown where we'll run through the financial district, pass numerous historical sights, and onto the famous 7-mile beach, known for bright white powdered sand and deep blue ocean.
December 27, 2013:
We will meet off the ship in Cozumel, Mexico at 9 am. Again you can choose to run either 6 K or 21.1 K starting along the city boardwalk which meets up with a gorgeous botanical and exotic bird pathway. The run starts out with an incredible closeup view of the harbour and the variety of ships and boats. We continue on past the airport and the notable US Air Force fighter jets each representing a different period of warfare. Finally, we ending up at Puerto de Abrigo lighthouse. On the run back you can enjoying running past numerous large monuments to Mexico's history.
December 28, 2013:
We will have our second speaker ultra marathoner Gord Hobbin. His presentation will be followed by a running seminar lead by our guest speakers and Coach Bob, to gain any final tips to take with you for the 2 upcoming races on the mainland.
Afterwards, a group dinner, photos and an opportunity to exchange contact information with our new friends.
December 29, 2013:
Check into Hollywood Hotels for the second phase of Run & Sea.
December 30, 2013:
A Land and Water full Day Group Tour is planned that will cover many popular sites in South Florida from famous real estate and historic sites, to shopping, popular eateries, and alligators.
December 31, 2013:
Hollywood, Florida: Hollywood Broadwalk New Years Resolution 5k
In the evening we'll celebrate New Years in ´Runners Style´.
January 1, 2014:
Islamorada, Key Largo, Florida: Village of Islamorada 5km
A 5km race alongside the waterfront and over bridges of Key Largo.
The cruise will be on the Norwegian Pearl.
Your Group Leaders
John Switzer and Christine Farrell welcome you to this amazing experience!