Marathon Bahamas races will attract hundreds of visitors on the weekend of January 16-18. The event features runners from 25 countries and 31 states and is supported by a large volunteer contingent from every walk of Bahamian life.
Race weekend has an event for all fitness levels and is ideal for families, a group of colleagues or a friends' run-and-stay-cation.
The Bahamas Race for the Cure 5K, which precedes the marathon on Saturday, is an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate survivorship, remember those we have lost to the disease, and make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. It can also be used as a 'warm up' for the marathon.
During a press conference held Wednesday, January 6, Vice President of Sunshine Insurance and Director of Marathon Bahamas Shelly Wilson said there are thousands of people who participate in the event and among those numbers, 40 per cent are visitors.
Last year, because of the race, the Sunshine Insurance race weekend helped The Bahamas make the list of the top 50 destinations to race.
“A lot of persons who participate in the Marathon, which will be held on Sunday are non-Bahamians and so that has direct correlation to January being one of our slowest months economically,” she said.
“We put heads in beds and that equated to 1,900 room nights among all of our participants. The runners don’t just come for the race. They come for a day or two and they want to have a short run so that their body is acclimated to our temperatures. And so when a participant comes it is not like a cruise passenger. They are coming to stay two to three nights – they are brining relatives and they are eating in our restaurants and they are shopping and so it really has made a difference economically.”
Ms. Wilson said many of the participants come from the United States and Canada in the north and as far as Germany and the United Kingdom in the east.