November 01, 2016
Bahamas Roadmasters Running Club President Charles Johnson (left) congratulates participants on successfully finishing the Bahamas Half Marathon course at last year's race. This year's event is set for Sunday, November 20, starting at 6a.m. from Arawak Cay. (Photo: Bahamas Roadmasters Running Club)
The Bahamas Roadmasters Running Club (BRRC) is making its final preparation for the fifth staging of The Bahamas Half Marathon, 10 kilometer (K) and 5K races. The annual event, which welcomes hundreds of local and international runners, is scheduled for Sunday, November 20, starting at 6 a.m. from Arawak Cay.
This year it is anticipated that the event will, once again, be a spectacular road racing series. The races offered are the 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), which are both walker friendly and the Half Marathon (13.1 miles), as well as the three-person Half Marathon relay.
A family and friends 5K has been added this year to include those runners/walkers who may not be up to the challenge of the longer distances, but would still like to participate in the popular charity event. There are monetary prizes for top locals in the half marathon and relay events and lots of fun and giveaways.
President of BRRC Charles Johnson said: "The Bahamas Half race committee and Bahamas Roadmasters are eagerly looking forward to the 2016 race, and participants can expect a first class racing experience with all of the amenities of the big international events plus the added bonus of a paradise setting along picturesque Junkanoo Beach, Western Esplanade."
The Bahamas Roadmasters Running Club is a non-profit group established in 1990 with an aim to promote the sport of distance running by preparing running enthusiasts to participate in half and full marathons. Members travel annually to compete in international marathon events in places such as South Florida, New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Berlin, South Africa and Tokyo as well as the Caribbean.
Experienced members regularly offer training tips and provide support and mentoring at no cost to those who want to share in the love of distance running. Additionally, through its fundraising efforts over the years, BRRC has made meaningful contributions to the community by its charitable donations to causes such as the All Saints Camp, the AIDS Foundation, the Ranfurly Homes for Children, the Pilot Club of Nassau pool project for the disabled, the Cat Island Children's Home, The Seahorse Institute, Special Olympics Bahamas and in 2015, the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled and the Bahamas Red Cross. This year the charities chosen to benefit from the proceeds are The Crisis Centre and LUPUS 242.
BRRC is grateful to its club members, volunteers, sponsors and participants who make the event a success each year. The club still needs additional sponsors and invites companies seeking meaningful ways to gain exposure while helping a worthy cause to consider getting on board by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. The public is invited to register today at www.bahamashalf.com or at the Sports Centre in the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre.
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