International Runners Convene In Paradise For The St. Croix 34th Virgin Islands Half-Marathon

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, December 4, 2008 – Long-distance runners of all experience levels from around the world will descend onto the shores of St. Croix to compete in the St. Croix 34th Virgin Islands Half-Marathon, which takes place on December 7, 2008.

Certified by the International Association of Athletic Federations and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, this annual race is a true test of endurance and determination, as its participants traverse the east end loop of St. Croix from the north to south shore.

“I take great pride each year in welcoming dedicated athletes of both local and international repute to test their skills against our challenging east coast,” noted Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of Tourism. “Once the race is over, we encourage the athletes and their friends and family to kick back, relax and rejuvenate on our award-winning beaches and explore our island’s historic and cultural treasures.”

The race begins at 6 a.m. and concludes by 10 a.m. Participants who cross the finish line will be awarded Pace Runners Virgin Islands Half-Marathon medals, with age division awards to the top three male and female finishers and to the top three finishers in each age group.

In celebration of the race, The Buccaneer is offering a special “Buccaneer Half-Marathon Package,” valid from December 5-8, 2008. The package includes three nights in an Ocean View room, round-trip airport transfers or a rental car for one day, welcome cocktails along with a fruit, cheese and chocolate basket, full daily breakfast, a pre-race “carb-loading” dinner, round-trip transfers to the race start and end, an awards banquet lunch, snorkeling, kayaks and floating mats, nightly turndown service, use of the fitness room and trail and a kid’s camp for children 4-12 years of age. Floor and beverage gratuities and taxes apply. The package is priced at $495 per person and is based on double-occupancy. For more information or to make a reservation, visit thebuccaneer.com/events.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, visit usvitourism.vi. When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line check-in – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.