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RBDF to stage 29th Annual  Fun Run/Walk and Health Expo

One of the more popular and well-organized fitness events in the country, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Fun Run/Walk and Health Expo, is set for this Saturday starting at 6 a.m. at Goodman’s Bay.

The 29th annual fun run/walk has two routes: one for runners and one for walkers. The route for runners is from Goodman’s Bay, heading west to the turnaround point at the beginning of the Sandyport bridge and back east to Goodman’s Bay. Walkers will head west from Goodman’s Bay toward the turnaround point at the roundabout near Starbucks Coffee Company, Cable Beach Cottage, and then back east to Goodman’s Bay. The run will cover six miles and the route for the walk will be three miles long.

“This is the commander of the defence force’s prime event and this is the event in which we drive the message of health and fitness not only in the organization, but in the country at large,” said RBDF Training Officer Senior Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux. “We want Bahamians to get excited about their health and well-being. You live strong, you live long and in order to live strong, you have to take care of yourself. We are encouraging Bahamians to come out and support this event and support our message of good health and fitness.”

Deleveaux said the event culminates their fitness month and that prizes will be given out. The $25 registration fee includes a shirt, hat, bag, breakfast, fruits, water and a “junkarobix” (aerobics to a junkanoo beat) session. He said there will be a number of demonstrations as well.

“This is a family affair and we are asking the public to bring out the entire family and sign everyone up, even the little kids. We have persons from all over the country who are going to be participating,” said Deleveaux. “We’re trying to promote health and well-being in the country like we normally do. This is going to be a military-style fun run/walk. We believe that we at the defence force set the standard for fitness in the country. The key for this year is to raise the standard a bit more. Fitness is what we do – it is a lifestyle. Our officers have been participating in fitness exercises and fun run/walks for the entire year. A lot of the officers here today work with me in the fitness department. They are the fitness gurus of the military and some are physical training instructors. They are responsible for ensuring that the men and women of the defence force remain fit and they will be out in full force on Saturday leading the charge.”

Registration forms can be found online at www.rbdf.gov.bs or from the RBDF’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RBDFMIL). Registration forms can also be collected from RBDF Headquarters in Coral Harbour, from the RBDF Harbour Patrol Unit on East Bay Street or from defence force officers during an exhibition at the Mall at Marathon today.

For more information on the event, interested persons are asked to contact the organizers of the event by telephone at (242) 362-3700 ext. 3072/3834 or at (242) 362-3702. Interested persons are also encouraged to follow the event on the RBDF’s Facebook page, on Twitter or on their official YouTube channel.

The event is sponsored by Fidelity, CDM (Commonwealth Drugs and Medical Supplies) Corporate Group, Gatorade, the Sports Center and Bahamas Waste Ltd., just to name a few.

“We’re thankful for our partners. They have come along and partnered with us to ensure that this message of health and well-being is echoed. Echoed in the military means making a right turn and we want persons to understand the importance of making a right turn. Let’s work out,” said Deleveaux.

Deleveaux said that they usually have between 700 to 800 participants each year.

Sheldon Longley

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting

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