Shaunae Miller-Uibo Bay Street Mile set for Saturday
The 2019 edition of the Shaunae Miller-Uibo Bay Street Mile is set to get underway on Saturday, November 16 at 7 a.m. on Bay Street. The race will begin at the Downtown Straw Market and end at the foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge.
The race is organized by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches (BAAC).
According to Shaun Miller, head of the BAAC, last year’s race drew just under 1000 participants, the most in the history of the Bay Street Mile race that began in the 1980s. This is the third year that it is named after the silver medalist at this year’s International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship, Shaunae Miller-Uibo.
He is inviting schools, clubs and the public at large to be a part of the race.
Miller-Uibo will be running with the participants. Along with her, fellow Bahamian athletes such as Andretti Bain, Ramon Miller and Stephen Newbold will be in the race. They will be sticking around to interact with the public after the event.
“We are anticipating an exciting race. The meet organizer, David Ferguson, usually brags and says ‘this is the fastest road race in The Bahamas’ because it’s a mile and people can handle the mile and it is very competitive,” Miller added.
The race is for all as it starts from the under-9 category and goes all the way up to the over-50 category.
Bahamas Wholesale Agencies (BWA) is a sponsor of the race. Justin Higgs, marketing manager at BWA, said how important it was for BWA to sponsor this event.
“Since Bahamas Wholesale Agencies’ inception, we have been dedicated to supporting the community, especially our youth, which is why we are delighted to be able to partner with the Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches to host an event that not only serves as an important fundraiser for these youth development programs, but also gives these kids a chance to showcase their talents,” Higgs said.
“We were approached by the association two years ago, however, back then, we were not nearly as involved as we are now in the event. Back then, we gave out free snacks and drinks to kids, however, after seeing the amount of children that were being positively impacted by this event, we decided to sponsor the event monetarily to help ensure that the event can continue for years to come and more kids can benefit from it. We also strongly believe in the impact that Shaunae’s attendance has on these children, as we want every child to believe that they can achieve whatever their goals may be, just as Shaunae has done and will continue to do,” Higgs added.
Miller is grateful for their presence and support of the race.
According to Miller, the goal is to make the event bigger next year and encourage some of the milers in the world to come and run in the race.
The cost of the race is $7 and that includes a dri-fit tee-shirt. The top three finishers in each category will receive a trophy and the top ten finishers will receive medals.
To register, persons can go to the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations at the old Thomas A. Robinson Stadium and ask for Ann Thompson. Persons can also contact David Ferguson at 424-9480 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested persons can also send a Whatsapp message to 449-5942.
Registration ends on Friday, November 15 at 6 p.m.
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