- • Full Marathon course: 19 water stations of which 5 with AA Isotonic drinks and bananas
- • Half Marathon course: 9 water stations including 2 AA Isotonic Drink and 2 water stations with bananas
- • 10 km course: 3 water stations
- • 5 km course: 2 water station
- • 9.7 km Trail: 6 water stations including 1 with AA Isotonic Drinks.
On the last 2 km of all distances is a shower lane. At the finish, there is also a shower lane and each participant will receive an AA drink/water & some fruit
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Via local radiostation "DOLFIJN FM" (Internet streaming) the event is covered live between 06.00 am-10.00 am. We ask everybody living along the course to turn on the radio so runners can hear the music.
There are mosquitoes in Curacao. Protect yourself from these insects by bringing anti mosquito repellent containing ‘deet’. The dengue mosquito also occurs in Curacao.
Additional Information Marathon
The Marathon starts at 3.30 am. Until 6.00 am it is dark and the course is lit by streetlights. It is up tot the runner to wear lighting.
Deadline full and half Marathon
The floating bridge is closed for ships and open for runners until 09:00 am (17 km and 38 km). If an emergency occurs at sea, the floating bridge will be opened and a "pendel Boat" will bring you to the other side of the harbor. If this situation occurs, organization will adjust your finish time.
Time Limit for the Full marathon: 10 am. For the full marathon this means 6,5 hours and the half marathon in 4,5 hours.
Additional Information Trail
The 9.7 km Trail course goes through the the beautiful and challenging nature of Curacao. If it has been raining a lot, it can be quite wet, muddy and challenging. The course of the Trail has been developed by The Dutch Marine Corps based at Parera, Curacao, together with the Volunteer Corps Curacao and the Brigada di Seguridad.
Running in the Tropics
The topic of running in extremely hot weather conditions has enjoyed a great deal of media attention during recent years. Naturally, increased moisture is lost due to perspiration. Excessive perspiration results in dehydration and can lead to the following heat stress symptoms:
Painful contractions of skeletal muscles cause cramps, mostly in the calf muscle. This is due to extreme moisture loss, which disrupts the balance between the salts in the body’s cells (sodium, potassium, calcium).
A temporary, partial (fainting) or total loss of consciousness (collapse) is caused by the accumulation of blood in the lower extremities. This causes a drop in blood pressure and is followed by loss of consciousness. Individuals who spend long periods of time standing still in the heat like linesmen and onlookers are at risk for this symptom.
Symptoms of sunstroke (heat exhaustion) include extreme fatigue, dizziness, headache and skin that is soaking wet from perspiration. This is very hard on one’s heart and circulatory system. This is due to the fact that skin circulation is increased, in order to discharge heat, while the circulating volume is lower because of the moisture loss on account of perspiration.
Hyperthermia (heat stroke) is a life-threatening condition. When the heat and moisture loss persists, skin circulation drops in favor of central circulatory functions. One’s body temperature can then increase significantly. Symptoms include hot, dry skin, rapid pulse and irrational behavior. It can sometimes even lead to convulsions and fatal damage to the nervous system and internal organs. It is important to realize that you can reduce the health-related risks under exceptional weather conditions, by considering the following tips:
Perspiration must evaporate
Perspiration can evaporate easily if the clothing is made of light, breathable and loosely woven fabric, like functional running clothes, for example. A headband can help keep perspiration away from your eyes.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays, both UV-A and UV-B, can damage the eyes and can cause skin cancer. A cap will keep your head cool and protects your face and neck from sunburn. If the sun’s rays are too bright, then sunglasses or dark contact lenses are certainly no luxury. This is also better for your eyes in the long term. The skin’s best bet at protection is the use of sun protection cream with a good Sun Protection Factor or Sun Block (SPF). Clothing is preferred over sun protection cream.
Drink regularly, even if you aren’t thirsty (but don’t drink too much). Be aware of risks of using alcohol, before but also after the Marathon!
Moisture and salt are the most important points of interest when it is hot out. Drinking purely water is not enough: this will lead to a poor salt ratio and could cause a shortage of sodium (cooking salt) in the blood. Alternate water with an isotonic sports drink: to which salt has been added. Drink enough, but don’t overdo it. Drinking too little and drinking too much are both life-threatening. To know how much you need, you can hop on a (digital) scale before and after training, once in a while. Try to drink a sufficient volume, so you won’t lose more than 2% of your bodyweight. Definitely don’t drink so much that you weigh more afterwards than you did before. This way you’ll also have a rough idea of what you will soon need to consume during. Drink 500 ml water (two large glasses) with your last meal, approximately 2 hours before the race. This will give you enough time to absorb the water, and also to get rid of any excess moisture before the s tart. Enjoy some extra salty foods when it is hot. Also use the water during the run to cool off your body. People tend to be affected by overheating more frequently than by dehydration. Dehydration does, however, lead to more rapid overheating.
No salt tablets
Salt tablets were recommended in the past, on warm, hot race days. But don’t do this. Although it is correct that perspiration contains salt, the use of salt tablets is almost the same as drinking salty seawater when you are thirsty. It only makes the problem worse. Drink sufficient amounts of liquid and supplement the loss of salt by way of the natural salt in your food.
Adjust your tempo to the warm weather; even if you have trained well. Make a quiet start. Check your tempo; each second on a kilometer, for which you ran too fast at the start of the race, can lead to one minute’s loss per kilometer at the end. Run at your own tempo; do not increase your tempo and sprint in the last kilometer.
Use the Red Cross stand if you don’t feel well or if you drop out for any reason!
The first signs of heat stress include decreased coordination. This can take the form of uncoordinated running or stumbling, excessive perspiration or actually no perspiration at all, headache, goose bumps and shivering, nausea, dizziness, apathy (indifference) or actually aggressiveness and a slow loss of consciousness. If you notice one of these symptoms with yourself, stop running to prevent serious problems and seek assistance from a Red Cross stand, which will be situated at almost every water station, and which, in any event.
If one of the doctors on duty notices any symptoms of heat stress, he or she will be entitled to pull you from the race and to guard you from serious problems.
Likelihood of a repeat occurrence
Individuals who experienced problems with heat in the past are at greater risk for repeated problems, and it is very sensible for them to keep sports activities in the sun to a minimum. Children, older people, sick people and people who are not quite as fit, are at greater risk for heat stress symptoms. It is best if these individuals avoid situations involving extreme and long-term heat. Participation is at the participant’s own risk.
General parking plan during Race day
Parking at the start area or road next to the start area 01.00 am to 4.15 am (with a little pauze during the start of the full marathon between 03:15 and 03:50. After 04.15 am Parking at WTC Beach parking or WTC parking and when it is full park on the roads nearby (5-10 minutes walk to the start). DO TAKE YOUR TIME TO COME TO THE START!