Nevisian Wins Female Marathon Pauline Ngunjiri Vanessa Williams wins the female marathon Vanessa Williams, from Cotton Ground, placed a convincing first in this year’s Nevis female marathon this past Saturday (Sept. 12). The marathon was one of the four races organized by the Nevis Cycle and Triathlon Club during this year’s Running Festival. The races, full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K, attracted runners from St. Kitts, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Canada, USA and UK. All the races took place on Saturday except the 5K run which was held on Thursday , Sept. 10. Williams’ son, Vaughn Williams, came third in the male marathon. Nevisian James Weekes was first in the 10k race. The marathon runners went through many villages in Nevis on the island main road and turned at the drag racing track on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island. All the other races used the same general route, except the 5K which was held on the grounds of the Four Seasons Resort. Visiting runners commented on their Nevis experience. The full marathon winner, Marcos Echegary, said the race was tough due to change in elevation and the many hills. His running energy, he added, was boosted by the Nevis atmosphere “Nevis is charming.” UK based Sandra Sutton, whose parents are from Nevis, was on vacation on the island when she enlisted to run for the half marathon. “It was hard. It was tough. I was determined to finish it for my dad who died of cancer about 13 years ago in Nevis. The terrain was hard but the scenery was great.” Greg Phillip, CEO Nevis Tourism Authority, who was one of the running festival organizers, said the races impact positively on tourism. “The races bring publicity to the island of Nevis. Nevis is known as the island of sports. When we do races such as these, the international press comes into the island. Some of the runners saw an article about the races in Runners World.” Phillip told the Observer that a photographer/journalist attached to Competitor magazine covered the races last week. He also stated that the races are an attraction to tourists during the low season.