Royal Caribbean announced its first ever "Royal 5K" running event to be held in St. Maarten on December 16, 2010. This race will be open to those cruising aboard Allure of the Seas.
This special race coincides with a cruise itinerary dedicated to running enthusiasts that include vitality-themed activities, such as
- Join fellow runners by exploring the different ports of call with group fun runs
- Meet high profile racing athletes during private meet & greets
- Attend seminars & lectures with high profile athletes
- Receive personal training tips from experts
- Test your speed with a chance to set a world record time at sea
- Recognize everyone's accomplishments with an awards ceremony
- Be entered for a chance to win prizes including a grand prize trip to ESPN Headquarters
The race package costs $50 for adults and $35 for children. Guests may register onboard the ship or in advance at the Royal 5K site. Participating guests will receive a commemorative race t-shirt, as well as exclusive access to a post-race reception on board.
“Royal Caribbean is delighted to offer this very special Royal 5K run in St. Maarten to Allure of the Seas’ guests,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “As part of our commitment to provide guests healthier vacation options, we look for opportunities like these to enhance our Vitality programming onboard and drive awareness of a health-conscious lifestyle. Coupled with an unprecedented line-up of new entertainment aboard Allure of the Seas, guests on this sailing will have a wide spectrum of exciting and heart-pumping options for an amazing cruise vacation.”
While the Royal 5K will be offered exclusively as a shore excursion on Allure of the Seas, all guests aboard the sailing have the chance to set the first Royal Caribbean jogging track record. Guests are invited to sign up in advance for a time slot on Tuesday, December 14, to test their running speed. Certified with RFID timing technology, they can attempt to set the cruise line’s record for the fastest run at sea on Allure of the Seas’ 0.46-mile long jogging track, the longest at sea.
Royal 5K participants also will be able to attend onboard seminars and receptions featuring running talents including Bart Yasso, the chief running officer of Runner’s World magazine; Frank Shorter, an Olympic Marathon Gold and Silver Medalist; Sonja Friend-Uhl, a member of seven U.S. world teams, 2000 Olympic trials competitor in the 1500m, and currently ranked in the top 24 women in the U.S. for distances from the 5k to the Half-Marathon; and Sean Jefferson, an NCAA All American, 1600m National Champion and professional runner and tri-athlete.