Trinidad jogging trails
Thursday, June 01 2017 @ 06:00 AM AST
Contributed by: bngs
After Nike did that, we decided to backup our runs. The good that came out of that was that we now have these trails with reviews available to the public:
MT ST CATHERINE, CHAGUARAMAS:
Mount St Catherine (above) offers an uninterrupted 5 mile uphill run. It's a paved road the U.S. army built during World War II. There are no houses up there, so it's pure greenery and fresh air. If you're lucky you may see or hear some red howler monkeys, or some capuchin monkeys. Watch your step as there may be half-dead snakes on the road. It's all paved, so you will see if there's anything on the road. Snakes trying to cross the road sometimes get run over by the few (mostly security) vehicles that drive up. It's illegal to drive on the Mt St Catherine Road and there is a Coast Guard base near the top, so don't even think about it. Walkers and runners are welcome.
TRAINING FOR A MARATHON OR A HALF-MARATHON?
Run from Chaguanas to Port of Spain and back. It's about 13 miles each way.
LONG SCENIC RUN TO A CLIFF (CAN CORNER, CHAGUARAMAS) OVERLOOKING THE NORTH COAST
Some people can't/don't want to make it to the top, and instead, settle for this view of the ocean. Some take wedding pictures up there as well. Others just sit on the railing and chill. It is about halfway up the trail to the tracking station (see below). There is a guard hut up there too and I think that's where the name 'Can Corner' came from. Legend has it the post was held by a soldier known for his can-do attitude during the war. If you look at much of the construction in the Chaguaramas forests and think about how the Americans would have built all that they built back then, in the 1940s, a can-do attitude must have been very necessary.
There's an annual half-marathon in Chaguanas on Trinidad and Tobago's Independence day, August 31. It's a great way to see this fast-growing town. People from Tobago and other Caribbean islands come here to shop. As good a deal as one can expect to find in Trinidad and Tobago can be found here, that is, on dry goods and made-in-China and made-in-India items.
POINT GOURDE, CHAGUARAMAS
This little-known trail offers a walk through the woods that can culminate in a swim. The waters of Chaguaramas are not the cleanest and certainly not turquoise blue but this part is as clean as you will get in that part of the country, as there are fewer boats around.
This uphill run through the Bamboo Cathedral is about 2.5 miles one-way, so you can get 5 miles both ways. On the way up, there is a lookout from where you'll see the north coast of Trinidad. On a clear day you can see the Royal Dutch Shell oil/gas platform(s) in the horizon. I believe it's called 'Dolphin' or something like that. Further north is Shell's Hibiscus platform/rig, off the north coast of Trinidad, which is supposed to connect to Venezuela's Dragon gas field. At the top of the hill is the old U.S. tracking station from World War II. Next to the tracking station, and reportedly also around the time of the Second World War is a former Pepsi bottling plant - not sure what a Pepsi bottling plant was doing up there. There are old abandoned buildings up there also that have made good homes for bats and other creatures. Some of them clearly look like military bomb shelters built with enough room and doorways for big trucks inside.
POINT GOURDE AGAIN
I wanted to see how long it was one way.
Mayaro beach has a very long strip of beach that would be perfect for running or walking if crime and stray dogs were not such a big problem. People have been raped on some parts of this beach and this tiny oil-rich fishing village is the poster child for the 'resource curse'. That said, the beach is so long, it's not impossible to find a safe area and run back and forth to cover some mileage and get some sea breeze.
There is a strip along the 'Divali Nagar Road' (I don't think anyone calls this road by its real name, which is the Narsaloo Ramaya Marg Road, simply because it's too difficult to pronounce) that has become one of the hot night spot streets in Trinidad, comparable to Ariapita Avenue in Port of Spain, except that there's a lot more space for parking. This map just shows you how to get to the Divali Nagar from the North bound lane of the highway via the walkover.
UWI HALF MARATHON
This is one of the most popular half marathons in Trinidad and Tobago. It goes from St Augustine to D'Abadie and back.
EDDIE HART SAVANNAH
The Eddie Hart Savannah, better known as the Eddie Hart grounds in Tunapuna, in east Trinidad offers a perfect 5 mile run if you walk both fields twice.
BANKERS INSURANCE HALF-MARATHON, CHAGUANAS
This is what it looked like in its first two years. It was a race from Couva to Chaguanas. It's now a figure 8 within Chaguanas.
MARACAS BEACH, LAS CUEVAS BEACH
This is a run from Saddle Road where it (the Saddle Road) meets the road that takes you to Maracas beach and Las Cuevas beach. It's an undulating run along a road with vehicular traffic, so go on a slow day, or go very early.