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Marathon Bahamas entry list is growing

For the inaugural Marathon Bahamas, held this past February, a little over 500 participants were a part of that historic happening. According to Veronica Duncanson, the Marathon Bahamas heartbeat, the expectation is that more runners will be involved this time.

Indeed, on Sunday, January 16 of 2011, the total runners should number somewhere around 600.

“We’re satisfied with the progress we’ve made in a relatively short period of time. The first Marathon Bahamas was only earlier this year and here we are, well into the process of the second one. So far(as of December 10), we have 355 entrants and the figure keeps growing,”said Duncanson.

In fact, on Monday past as we chatted about the progress of the second version of the distance running extravaganza, Duncanson received a call from a very enthusiastic individual who wanted to know the particulars about registering.

The event has rapidly become a fixture. The Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas of 2011 will no doubt further cement The Bahamas as one of those prime marathon-running destinations. Already registered are competitors from the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. There is also a strong interest being shown by runners out of Africa.

Several have expressed an interest to be invited. Hopefully, pretty soon, instead of asking for invitations, the Africans will take the initiative and register forthright. However, with all marathons, this is how it has been. The noted runners first test the waters by requesting invitations. Once the event becomes fully established, the quality runners gradually but surely, get on board.

I predict that will be the case with the Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas. Once the organization of the event remains top level, the world’s best marathon runners will find their way to The Bahamas.

For now though, the Marathon Bahamas Board must be happy with the sports/tourism project. Chairman Franklyn Wilson was determined from the outset that Marathon Bahamas would significantly impact the sports landscape in the country and enhance our sports power image around the world.

Thus far his confidence has been justified. Ministry of Tourism Sports Director Tyrone Sawyer is an excited representative of one of Marathon Bahamas’biggest partners. He is well-grounded in tourism because of his extensive background with the ministry and national flag carrier, Bahamasair.

Sawyer has high hopes for the event.

“The potential is there for Marathon Bahamas to be one of the premier sports events in our region,”said Sawyer.

I agree.

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