ARUBA: On the evening of the May 20th, 2022, the 30th edition of the ‘Ronde van Aruba’ is going to start. The running event, organized by the Marine Barracks in Savaneta, already exists since 1971. Two members of the Marines, challenged themselves once, to run the island on a solo race. Since that moment this idea has grown to an annual event. The running course is 72 kilometers long, and largely follows the coastline of the island and is one of the toughest and longest running courses of the Caribbean Region. The governor of Aruba, His Excellency Alfonso Boekhoudt, will give the starting shot.
This year it is expected that approximately 800 participants will register at the starting line. The 72 km long route can be run individually, as a duo, or with a relay team (estafette 4-person team). This year a record amount of people have registered to run the race individually. This is a total amount of 20 men and women. The other participants will start between 8:00pm and midnight on Friday evening. Each minute a new team or duo will start.
During the Corona period the “Ronde of Aruba” did take place in an adapted form. This year it has been considered to go back step by step to the ‘Ronde of Aruba’ as most of the people were acquainted to. Spectators are, as usual, more than welcome along the route to encourage and cheer on the runners. In addition, music will be played at all eight exchange stations for the public and participants.