Runners To Take Their Mark For The 13Th Annual St. John Gatorade 8 Tuff Miles Road Race

From St. Croix to California, visitors from near and far will participate in the 2009 race

ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, February 10, 2009 – On Saturday, February 28, 2009, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism will welcome visitors from cities near and far for the 13th Annual St. John Gatorade 8 Tuff Miles Road Race.

Registered participants will take their mark at 7:15 a.m. at Cruz Bay and make their way along Centerline Road, across 8.38 miles of undulating terrain, to Coral Bay. The race begins and ends at sea level, but runners can expect to reach a summit of approximately 999 feet along the way. The first male to cross the finish line will receive a $300 credit at The Tap Room, Mongoose Junction, while the first-place overall female will receive a $300 cash prize from The St. John Phonebook. Additional prizes will be distributed among winners in multiple age groups and categories. All finishers will have the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Mongoose Junction, which will be drawn at the 4 p.m. award ceremony.

“The U.S. Virgin Islands is home to many highly-regarded sporting events,” said Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “We are pleased to see that the 8 Tuff Miles Race has been attracting an increasing number of athletic tourists, both regionally and internationally, further building the USVI’s reputation as a destination for sports tourism.” The year 2007 saw 640 people cross the finish line, while 2008 saw 726 finishers. 2009 is expected to be the biggest and the best year yet.

For more information about the St. John Gatorade 8 Tuff Miles race, visit www.8tuffmiles.com or call (340) 779-4035.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com. 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.