Despite the inclement weather on Saturday, a number of runners and supporters showed up for the 3rd Annual Shaunae Miller-Uibo Bay Street Mile which started at the Straw Market Downtown and ended at the Bahamas Football Association’s National Beach Soccer Facility at Malcolm Park on East Bay Street.
Jaden Wright of Lyford Cay International beat out his under-17 boys counterparts, running the race in the fastest time overall. He crossed the finish line in 4:46.88.
“I was just worried about the start. [I] kept at one pace and got to the front and I kept that pace toward the end,” Wright said.
The 15-year-old cross-country runner said that so far this season he has ran in four races and finished second in only one of them. He has won the others.
“I have been improving a lot because of my training. I have been training with SPIA club and I have been improving my speed. That is my main focus this year,” Wright said.
He still has another year in the under-17 boys category and is hoping to qualify for next year’s CARIFTA Games.
Bahamian track and field queen Shaunae Miller-Uibo was at the race handing out medals and trophies. She also interacted with some of the young runners.
“I think that everything turned out really well despite the weather coming in at the last minute. I am so thankful to everyone who came out and supported,” Miller-Uibo said. “I put this on for the last three years, helping out the coaches association. It turned out really well this year. It was tremendous and we had a fun time today.”
The national record holder in the women’s 200 and 400 meters (m) said the athletes are here to assist the coaches association.
“It is all for a good cause. We are here to help out the coaches association. The coaches put in all of the hard work for us and they are always in the background but to be able to help and support them, it’s a really great feeling,” Miller-Uibo said.
Drumeco Archer, president of the Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations, was in attendance cheering on the athletes.
“I’m excited that every year the race continues to grow. This is what we want to see in track and field, that the interest continues to elevate itself each and every year,” Archer said. “World Athletics has set out a mandate that we need to encourage more out-of-stadium activities. I believe in that for more than one reason. I think it is an opportunity for us to engage with the country very differently and this is an event that really allows that to happen. I am excited,” he added.
As for next year’s event, Miller-Uibo said they will see how best they can improve on it. The race was sponsored by Bahamas Wholesale Agency.
The Bay Street Mile has been in existence since the 1980s, and it is organized by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches (BAAC).