Running (Then Rumming) in St Thomas

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By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor

Visiting St Thomas? Don’t rush through it. Run through it instead, on one of Active Island Tour’s hour-long tours.

Guides lead groups of runners (and power walkers) on roughly hour-long tours of Charlotte Amalie that combine the city’s most popular sights (15 of them, including Blackbeard’s Castle, the 99 steps, and the waterfront) with a workout you don’t have to be a world-class athlete to survive.

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Runs are done at leisurely “long run” pace with frequent stops for selfies, and both running and walking tours are scheduled so that even if you’re visiting on a cruise and only in port for a few hours you can still join in.

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The $50 per-person fee includes a moisture-wicking T-shirt and bottled water. And at the end of the tour, everyone’s rewarded for their efforts with a Cruzan rum cocktail. Now if only our local gym would follow suit …