Delroy Boothe confident of successful marathon
Last year, Delroy Boothe, clocked just under three minutes(2:59.31)to win the first ever Marathon Bahamas. The time was a far cry from the 2:34.49 national record effort he registered 12 years ago.
Well, he announced shortly after Marathon Bahamas I that he intended to run a much better time in the defense of the championship. He seems serious. Recently, Boothe who has been competing in Florida in preparation for the Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas 2011 event, bettered his winning time by 10 minutes. He was excited when we talked about the race.
“I’m very encouraged. I want to get down to my record time. I can do it. I was surprised that I had the kind of conditioning background at this time to go 10 minutes better that my winning time for the first Marathon Bahamas.
“I have to tell you that I felt good throughout the race. My pace was good and I believe for sure that I can successfully defend my title. If I don’t do that, the person who beats me will have to come up with something very special. If that happens, it will be even greater for Marathon Bahamas because it would mean that the event is beginning to draw the very good runners. I am proud to be a part of this movement.
“I have been running distances for most of my life now. I never thought however, that the time would come when the popularity of the marathon would be like it is now. I feel good about
what’s going on now. The organizers of Marathon Bahamas have done a good job for sports in this country.
“With the spotlight now on the marathon, we will see more long distance runners coming on stream. In the future, our success at the world level will be in events other than just the sprints and field but in the long distances as well,”said a delighted Boothe.
His passion has to be admired. It will be a steep climb for him to get to 2:34.49 again. At 37, he is not likely to be as strong as he was at 25. There have been cases nevertheless, of runners maturing and getting better with age.
I would be pleasantly surprised if he runs around 2:40 in January. I think that would be a phenomenal achievement for him at this time and set him on the road to a strong attempt to reach the Olympic qualifying standard of 2:18 by 2012. The odds are against him.
If he is correct however, and is able to match his national mark, then the sky would be the limit for the Grand Bahamian. The support for Boothe is growing. In January, a strong contingent from Grand Bahama led by former national champion and world-class sprinter Kevin Johnson and Rudy Meadows who coordinated the quality series of Princess Hotel Marathons in Grand Bahama, will be in place to cheer for Boothe.
The excitement is certainly growing for the Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas race.