When: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Start: 7:15AM at VI National Park Visitor Center
End: Maho Bay Beach
Distance: 10 kilometers/6.2 miles
Avg. grade: 3.9%
Max. elevation: 382 ft.
Elevation gain: 1,040 ft.
Awards for Overall Top 3 Men & Women
Limited to 100 runners
The Ten Bay 10K started in 2016 as a way for local runners to enjoy a new challenge of taking on North Shore Road. Many runners had participated in the 8 Tuff Miles, a long-standing St. John event that takes runners from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay on Centerline Road. North Shore Road is St. John's other main road that also runs east to west and accesses St. John's famous white sand beaches. As far as we know, our race is the only 10K that takes place completely within a U.S. National Park, features stunning views, and ends with breakfast on the beach!
Why "Ten Bay" 10K?
The St. John Ten Bay 10K road race is a challenging and scenic running race on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. It is the first 10K race on St. John and first running-only race to take place solely along North Shore Road. The course traverses the north shore of St. John for 6.2 miles/10 kilometers while passing ten of the world's most beautiful bays and beaches. The race begins in Cruz Bay, St. John (bay #1) and runs east on Route 10/North Shore Road, through the Virgin Islands National Park. After the initial climb out of Cruz Bay, things start rolling slightly easier--by St. John standards. Within the first 200 yards after exiting Cruz Bay, runners will look back down into town from the first of four picturesque overlooks. After the first hill and overlook, runners continue within the Virgin Islands National Park along North Shore Road, past the second overlook, with views onto the Caneel Bay resort property and out across to Lovango, Congo and Mingo Cays. These are only a few of the islands runners will see looking beyond the resort's property, which is well-kept with the sugar mill ruins and plantation houses from a historic era on the island. By then, runners will have made their way past Salomon Bay (#2), Honeymoon Beach and Caneel Bay (#3). Yet another hill lies ahead after passing the entrance to the resort, and after a quick descent, runners will pass a flat section along Hawksnest Bay (#4). The previously-mentioned overlooks feature pull-off areas at which taxi tours and tourists stop to take photos and hear stories from their guides. Be sure while running to take advantage of every opportunity to view crystal clear waters from every opening in the island’s landscape, including one before Easter Rock above Hawksnest Bay. After passing Peace Hill, another historic sugar mill ruin, Denis Bay (#5) and Jumbie Bay (#6), runners come to the third overlook--the world famous Trunk Bay (#7). From the overlook, you may see snorkelers at the National Park Underwater Trail. Next comes a steep downhill that passes another historic plantation house ruin, then an even steeper uphill, with classic island switchback roads. Runners then reach the magnificent homes of the exclusive neighborhood of Peter Bay (#8). From here, a break from the ascents allows runners a chance to catch their breath and see the next set of ruins and campground along Cinnamon Bay (#9). After one last climb and an amazing overlook, runners come to a flat along Maho Bay (#10). They will run past the beach, around the corner to where the road splits into two lates, then turn around and run back to Maho Bay beach pavilion to finish.
We would like to thank the Virgin Islands National Park for making this race possible within United Stations National Park territory. Our first event took place during the National Park Centennial and just before the Virgin Islands Transfer Day Centennial!
Race Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Limited to 100 participants
We reached our participant limit and registration is now closed.
E-mail to be added to a wait list in case space becomes available.
Includes on-course support, snacks & finisher award/souvenir
June 15th to September 30th
Youth (under 18): $20
October 1st to December 6th
Youth (under 18): $25
Commemorative race shirts may be purchased until November 1st.
Shirts will be technical men's tees and women's tank tops, and cotton t-shirts for youth.
Awards will be given to overall Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO REGISTRATION ON THE MORNING OF THE RACE!
All participants will be required to complete a liability release form.
The race will start promptly on at 7:15AM at the National Park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay (same as 8 Tuff Miles) and conclude at 9:15AM at Maho Bay Beach. There is a 2 hour time limit to complete the course. The award ceremony for top 3 male and female finishers will take place at 9:15AM.
PRE-RACE MEETING & CHECK-IN
The Pre-Race Meeting/Check-In will be held Friday 12/6 at The Tap Room from 4:30-5:30PM (thank you, St. John Brewers!). This is when racers will pick up their bib number and sign a liability release form and get their t-shirt if they ordered one. Runners, remember to bring or wear your bib number on race morning! Numbers must be pinned to the front of your shirt.
The pre-race meeting is optional, so you can definitely pick up your bib Saturday morning before the race. However, checking in the day before will make things easier for you and us since we’re on a tight schedule race morning. Plus, you’ll get to hang out with other athletes and drink great beer!
If you pick up your bib number on Friday, we still ask that you check in briefly with a volunteer on Saturday so that you’re accounted for.
Have any friends thinking about signing up? We’ll also be taking last-minute registrations at The Tap Room, if there is still space. We probably won’t do a course briefing, but if you have questions, we’ll be there to answer them. We’ll review a few important details around 5:15PM. We’ve also shared these below.
If you are checking in on race day, plan your transportation on Saturday accordingly. If you’re coming from St. Thomas, you'll take the 6:30AM ferry and walk/jog to the starting area.
Runners will begin lining up at the starting area at 7:10AM for a 7:15AM start. Keep this in mind as you plan transportation. We recommend that you park in the government/BMV lot or at The Lumberyard or other paid parking and warm up on your way to the starting area. COME EARLY AND GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME. The National Park is generous to be closing one lane of North Shore Road just for us, but that means we are on a strict timeline and must start the race at 7:15AM.
Also, DO NOT PARK IN THE NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER SPACES. Even though you may see empty spots Saturday morning, they are for NPS employees. If you park there, you could be ticketed.
SAG WAGON (STUFF AND GEAR)
Volunteers will be at the starting area to collect and tag your one bag that we’ll transport to the finish area. Your bag tag number will correspond with your bib number. Please bring your own bag.
We have been working with NPS, VI Police Department and St. John Rescue to ensure that the westbound lane of North Shore Road is clear of vehicular traffic. You will be running in the westbound lane (right side if you are in Cruz Bay facing Maho). Although all of the support agencies involved will be doing their best to guide traffic, we encourage you to stay to the right side of this lane just in case a car happens to get through. Runners who cross over into the eastbound lane (water side of the road) will be disqualified.
Remember that for the last portion of the race, you'll run past the Maho Bay pavilion area, all the way around the corner to the one-way split, then back to the pavilion area for the finish. That means runners will be going in two directions in the same lane for the last 0.8 mile. Please stay to your right within that lane during this time.
The restroom at the National Park Visitor Center at the starting area will open at 6:30AM on Saturday. The restrooms at Maho Bay Beach will be open at the finish area.
There will be three hydration stations with water and Gatorade along the course in the same lane as you’ll be running: Hawksnest (mile 2), Trunk Bay overlook (mile 3) and Cinnamon Bay (mile 4). Water dispensers will be at the finish area. We support the Plastic-Free St. John initiative and intend to make this a low-waste, single-use plastic-free event.
If you have friends and family coming to cheer you on, please tell them they will only be able to access Maho Bay by starting in Cruz Bay and driving east on North Shore Road. From 6:30AM-9:15AM, the access to Cruz Bay on North Shore Rd. at the intersection where you can continue to Cruz Bay or turn towards Annaberg/Francis will be blocked off. For spectators wondering what time to arrive, we expect the first finishers to start coming in just after 7:50AM.
There will be a safari taxi returning to Cruz Bay from Maho at 9:30AM and 10:30AM. You will need to show your bib number for your complimentary ride. The fare for family and friends (non-participants) is $5. If possible, please let a volunteer know when you're leaving so we can keep count.
We’ll have many volunteers helping at the three water stations and with timing. Thank you to St. John Rescue, Gifft Hill School, 340 Real Estate Co. and Jolly Dog for volunteering at the water stations in 2018. St. John Rescue, VIPD and the National Park Service will also be on the course. It would be great if you could let them know you appreciate them!
To inquire about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please complete the form or send us an email. We'll be seeking assistance with water/aid stations, course marshaling and timing.
Matt & Mary
Thank you to all of the sponsors who make the 2019 Ten Bay 10K possible!
Coral Bay Trucking
Carlson Construction Company