Leading sports brand Powerade and insurance giant ICB are assisting local distance runner Carlie Pipe on her trek to the World Half-Marathon Championships in Denmark this month.
Pipe, 27, becomes the first Barbadian to take part in this prestigious event, though other West Indians including Trinidadian Tonya Nero have competed in past years. Runners from all over the world will toe the line in a 13-mile endurance race that is expected to attract a field of about 300 elite runners, followed by some 30,000 casual enthusiasts.
Shelly Phillips, representative from Powerade distributors Banks Holdings Ltd stated: “Running is a sport that is growing in Barbados and persons are not only seeing the benefits of getting fit/active but also enjoying this activity. At every event, whether it be a 5k or 10k, one can see the numbers are constantly growing and the formation of more running clubs is also increasing. This was clearly present at last year’s Powerade Run Barbados series of events, as the number of registered participants for some events was the highest it has seen in years.
“Carlie Pipe is a name synonymous with the running fraternity and Powerade is honored to be associated with her. She has made a name for herself over the years and continues to make phenomenal strides. We want to wish Carlie all the best in Denmark and we know she will fly not only the Barbados flag high but by extension the Powerade flag as well.”
Pipe stated that her training has been tough, but she was ready to stick it out to set a new personal best for herself, and do the best she could for Barbados.
“Though this is going to be the first time we are represented in this event, it won’t be the last. I hope I am just setting a bar for others to follow. And I am so grateful to ICB and especially Powerade for jumping on board and believing in me – this trip really would not have been possible without their help.”
The previous IAAF World Half Marathon Championships was held in 2012 in Bulgaria, with Zersenay Tedase of Eritrea winning the men’s race in 1:00:19 and Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia winning the women’s race in 1:08:55.
Pipe runs locally with the Ufukuzo running club, a group comprised mainly of veteran marathoners and ultra-marathoners.