Organizers of the 6th Annual Bahamas Half Marathon, 10K (kilometer) and 5K Road Race are hoping that this year’s event is bigger and better than ever before.
The distance-running event is set for Sunday, November 18, starting at 6 a.m. at Arawak Cay. A race expo will be staged at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel that Saturday, and the main event featuring a half marathon, a half marathon three-person relay, a 10K race (6.2 miles) and a 5K race (3.1 miles), is set for that Sunday. Once again, the race route will follow the northerly tip of the island, sending the participants along the scenic coastline of New Providence.
The event is being staged by the Bahamas Roadmasters Running Club, an 18-year non-profit entity which promotes distance running in the country and prepares runners to participate in half (13.1 miles) and full (26.2 miles) marathons.
Club president Marcel ‘Bop’ Major said that it is their intention to attract 1,000 to 1,200 registrants this year.
“This sixth year we are anticipating the event to be bigger and better than ever before. We are offering a 2018 promotional cash prize of $5,000 to the first male finisher in the half marathon and $5,000 to the first female finisher in the half marathon. We hope that will attract a large number of international athletes this year,” said Major.
The cash prizes offered are the largest to date. Bahamas Roadmasters has also partnered with the Hilton to be the host hotel for the event. Race packages can be picked up at the Hilton and discounted lodging packages are offered to international athletes. The race expo that Saturday is also set for the Hilton.
“We’re inviting a few businesses to come out to the expo and showcase their products. It’s a great opportunity for local businesses,” said Major. “It’s going to be a grand time for all, and we expect it to kick off a great weekend.”
In the first five years of the event, part proceeds have been donated to a deserving local charity. Major said that past events have attracted a number of local and international participants, and outstanding performances have afforded their sponsors extensive promotional coverage. Sponsors also received significant exposure during the pre-event promotional campaigns.
In addition to its running pursuits, Bahamas Roadmasters has had the opportunity through its fundraising efforts to make meaningful contributions to the community by its charitable donations to various local service organizations. Such organizations include: the AIDS Foundation, the Ranfurly Home for Children, the Pilot Club of Nassau Pool Project, Seahorse Institute, Old Bight Mission Children’s Home, Special Olympics Bahamas, the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled, Hurricane Joaquin Relief and recently the Bahamas Heart Association.
This year, the two local charities that will benefit from part proceeds are that of the Nazareth Center and the Bahamas Institute for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (BICAMH).
Interested persons can register for the event online at the website www.bahamashalf.com, or in person by contacting Major at e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org, at Four Seasons Nursery at telephone number (242) 676-2182 or at Touch Control Ltd. at telephone number (242) 377-1733.
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