Roadmasters Club heads to Chicago Marathon

With their 7th Annual Bahamas Half set for November 24, the Bahamas Roadmasters, the premier marathon running club in the country, will be taking a group of 20 persons to participate in the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon that gets underway tomorrow.

It is one of the top marathons in the world and it is 26.2 miles long. This will be the second trip the group will make to the Chicago Marathon. They were there in 2012 with 14 runners.

The group was in Ohio last year running in the Air Force Marathon. They will look to better their performance and times.

“To prepare a group like this involves a lot of training. We trained for four months. We met as a group on Saturday mornings at Goodman’s Bay and then other members coordinate their training throughout the week. It involves a lot of discipline, diet and mental preparation. I normally say that running is almost 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical,” said Marcel “Bop” Major, club president.

Major also said that they are fortunate to have made the drawing as it is very rare for a group from one jurisdiction to make the drawing.

The group is excited to hit the Chicago streets as they were taunting each other and talking about who will beat who in the race – friendly competition.

Roadmasters will be debuting their new club uniforms which now sport the Bahamian flag colors – aquamarine, gold and black. The previous uniforms were red or blue.

After the Chicago Marathon, the club will turn its attention to its 7th Annual Bahamas Half Race on November 24. It is slated to begin at 6 a.m. at Arawak Cay and has $13,000 in cash prizes.

It will feature several options for participants. There will be an individual half marathon, a three-person half marathon relay and a 10- and 5-kilometers (K) races.

This year, they have decided to donate part proceeds of the funds from that event to a reputable charity to assist with the Hurricane Dorian Relief efforts. In addition, they will also donate part proceeds to the Sandilands Rehabilitation Center. Persons can visit the website and sign up and support the relief efforts in a healthy way.

They are expecting a lot of international participants.

Also the club has a new partnership with the Nassau Courtyard Marriott as its host hotel. They will be offering discounts if participants book their stay there for the race.

Earlier this year, the Roadmasters Club held its 4th Annual Midnight Madness event. The popular event, a 10K fun run/walk, was held on Friday, June 7. It began and ended at Arawak Cay.

Part proceeds from Midnight Madness went towards the St. Anselm’s Breakfast for School Children. Last year, they also donated funds to the Children’s Emergency Hostel and the Bahamas Heart Association.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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