ESPN International and Royal Caribbean International present The Inaugural “Royal 5K ST. MAARTEN”


ESPN International and Royal Caribbean International present The Inaugural “Royal 5K ST. MAARTEN”

Lifestyle, Running & Fitness Show will air January 14 and 15 on the ESPN Caribbean Networks

Miami, FL Dec. 10, 2010—The Inaugural Royal 5K highlights ESPN International’s Royal 5K St. Maarten, a lifestyle, running and fitness show to be aired on the ESPN Caribbean network on January 14, 2011, at 7 p.m. and the ESPN2 Caribbean network on January 15 at 2 p.m. The half-hour special will capture the excitement and beauty of Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas seven-night cruise through the Eastern Caribbean, focusing on a healthy lifestyle through running.

The Royal 5K St. Maarten show will follow the cruise itinerary, which features a variety of vitality-themed activities especially geared to running enthusiasts of all abilities. The activities, including the Royal 5K, will be open to the first 500 cruise guests who sign up.

Commentators for the Royal 5K St. Maarten show are Joanna “Jo” Ankier, a former British record-holder in the 1500-meter and 3000-meter steeplechase; and Annette Raveneau, a reporter and producer for Univision Network and Entravision Communications.

The Royal 5K St. Maarten show features:

• a Fun Run in Nassau, the Bahamas, with breathtaking views of Paradise Island;

• a one-mile race on the Allure of the Seas’ 0.46-mile running track, the longest track at sea; participants will attempt to set the cruise line’s record time for the mile at sea;

• seminars with elite athletes for beginner, intermediate and advanced runners;

• the Royal 5K, including the race start and finish at the A.C. Wathney Pier & Port Facility, as well as the course along the boardwalk, parallel to the beach.

The elite athletes mentoring the participants include Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic gold medalist and 1976 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon; Sean Jefferson, a six-time All-American track star at Indiana University and currently a professional triathlete; and Bart Yasso, America’s “Mayor of Running.”

“I know from past experience how much fun it is to combine a cruise vacation with my passion for running,” said Shorter. “That is why I am so looking forward to sharing my 40 plus years of accumulated knowledge and experience with my fellow cruisers who also enjoy running while relaxing and recharging. The Allure of The Seas certainly has room for us to stretch our legs and is a great combination with the Royal 5k on St. Maarten to give us a truly different tour of the island.”

Bart Yasso added, “I’m excited about being part of the inaugural Royal 5K run. No better location in the Caribbean than the beautiful island of St. Maarten!”

With a cache of distinct new onboard activities and amenities, Allure of the Seas offers one-of-a-kind entertainment performances, culinary concepts, retail venues and technology innovations. An architectural marvel at sea, Allure’s neighborhoods are divided into seven distinct themed areas, which include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. She spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas alternates a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Photos and video of the Naming Event and additional information are available at

ESPN International has televised road races, and track and triathlon events in the region since 1994, including the World’s Best 10K, the Ironman Triathlon, the St. Croix Triathlon, and Saucony Running & Racing. The shows are of great interest, as the Caribbean has produced some of the world’s greatest sprinters.

About ESPN International

ESPN International is a division of ESPN, Inc., which has grown to include ownership — in whole or in part — of 46 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of additional businesses that allow ESPN to reach sports fans in over 200 countries and territories across all seven continents. ESPN International business entities include television, radio, print, internet, broadband, wireless, consumer products, and event management. The company and its holdings maintain offices or production facilities in key locations around the world including Bangalore, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Miami, Montpellier, Mumbai, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taiwan, and Toronto. Since 1983, ESPN (originally founded in Bristol, Connecticut, USA, in 1979) has been growing around the world, establishing itself as the leading global sports media brand. The company’s philosophy to global growth is to always serve sports fans and be locally relevant to them, with content and products that tap into their great passion and dedication.

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