How to buy your way into the island’s top road race

Next month's 8 Tuff Miles road race is sold out. The 16th annual running has drawn 1,100 registrants. That's 10% more than last year, when 88% of them finished the Cruz Bay-to-Coral Bay endurance test.

But there's still a way to run the race even if you haven't signed up.  Race organizer Peter Alter is allowing folks who did not make the deadline to make a deal to get a numbered bib.  They can go to the 8 Tuff Miles Facebook page  and look for people who did register for the Feb. 25 event, but who have changed their plans and won't be running.  Perhaps there's even money to be made.  "They can use Facebook to re-sell their bib numbers to the many people looking for one," he said.

The race captures more attention every year. Caribbean Travel + LIfe magazine notes the first half of the race, from Cruz Bay to the top of Centerline road, is a 999-foot change in elevation.  "That's almost as high as the Empire State Building."

Money raised by the 8 Tuff Miles race goes to help fund college costs for boys and girls who finish first in their age categories. 

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