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It’s Marathon Bahamas trivia contest time!

­It’s that time again!

The annual sports tourism extravaganza called the Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas is just about here. The Marathon Bahamas weekend is scheduled for January 14-15, 2012.  The big event will take place on January 15 and the enthusiasm is building.

A feature item of the Marathon Bahamas Star 106.5FM/Nassau Guardian partnership, the trivia contest, began on Friday and it will heighten the excitement surrounding the special event.

Daily winners of the trivia contest will get $50 gas vouchers. Faced with high gas prices for their vehicles, listeners to Star 106.5 FM and readers of The Guardian will be given opportunities leading all the way up to race weekend to win the vouchers.

The trivia contest also is an educational forum. Through questions relating to pioneers of distance running in The Bahamas, the trivia contest more than any other aspect of the Marathon Bahamas promotional program connects listeners of Star 106.5FM and readers of The Guardian to the past eras.

Distance running rose to popularity in the capital of The Bahamas, New Providence, during the late 1950s and there was continuity during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. There followed a period when there was very little focus, generally, on marathons and distance running.

The 2010 inaugural Marathon Bahamas event brought back a sports/social ingredient that has become one of those magical aspects of The Bahamas. The trivia contests always educate and bridge the generation gap relating to an important item of sports development in this country.

We’ve never had representation at any of the major regional or international games in long distance running. With its emergence, Marathon Bahamas is engineering a renewed long distance running culture in the country. O’Neil Williams who now owns the national 5000 meters record, is busy training in Kenya, hoping to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

Williams is certainly in one of the all-time great training environments for marathons and other long distance events. Whether Williams is successful or not however, as he pointed out recently, the presence of Marathon Bahamas will encourage runners like him to rise to levels never experienced by Bahamians.

The trivia answers include names that like Williams were devoted to long distance running. Readers of this newspaper and listeners to our sister establishment, Star 106.5FM, will be able to reach through the eras with the correct trivia contest answers.

Here is an early tip. There is a trivia question about Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas Chairman Franklyn Wilson. Tune in to Star 106.5FM radio each morning for the Tony and Greg Morning Express Show and be sure to pick up a copy of The Nassau Guardian to get involved with the trivia contest.

Chairman Wilson expects the 2012 version to be spectacular and produce the lowest finishing time thus far.

 

To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at fredericksturrup@gmail.com.

 

 

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