The Dod Days Half Marathon is back!
The fast growing tradition is to take place once again, March 24, beginning and ending at Taino Beach.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority stands firmly in support of the marathon event. This past Monday, Dog Day Marathon executives met with Executive Director of the GBPA, Henry St. George and Grand Bahama Amateur Athletic Association President and M.P for Central Grand Bahama Iram Lewis, to officially announce race day.
Proceeds from the Marathon will go toward noble causes and St. George said that is a big reason for the GBPA to lend support.
“We at the Port Authority are extremely proud to support the Dog Days Half Marathon. It’s an event we feel can have a significant impact on the community here in Grand Bahama.
“Firstly, because the funds being raised on the back of this event go to two very worthy causes; the Humane Society and the Grand Bahama Children’s Home, which we are supportive.
“Secondly, because this event is a community initiative. It’s led by Siobhan (Antoni Bates) and Nikki (Waugh), whose goal is to encourage Grand Bahamians, as well as athletes from across The Bahamas and other international runners to come and experience our beautiful home in Grand Bahama,” St. George expressed.
The Marathon is open to all levels of runners. Potential registrants can enter the half marathon, the 10K, 5K and the one-mile fun walk. The half marathon kicks off at 6:30 a.m, with the 10K starting at 7:00 a.m, the 5K at 8:00 a.m and the mile race at 8:30 a.m. There is also a Corporate Challenge for all licensees in Grand Bahama, to which St. George pointed out for the benefit of last year’s winner Grand Bahama Power Company, and other companies, that the GBPA is ready and set to go.
“So, if you can run, sign up and maybe you can win one of the enormous cash prizes. And if you can’t or don’t feel like running, come and join the fun walk. And if you don’t feel like walking come and enjoy the food, drink, festive atmosphere and Junkanoo on Taino Beach,” added St. George.
As Race Director, Waugh informed that registrants could drop their entry forms off at Unexso, in Port Lucaya, or Spectrum Paint. She also noted that the “easiest” way to sign up would be through activ.com by searching for Grand Bahama Dog Days Half Marathon.
“We’ve got a lot of goodies that we give out. If you register for the 5K or higher you get one of our “swag bags.” Everyone in the 5K and up gets a Sun shirt race day T-shirt. If you’re doing the one-mile you still get a T-shirt.
“This is a time chipped event. So we do encourage the professionals to come and do this race.”
There are cash prizes up for grabs for the top male and female in the half marathon, as well as second and third place finishers. There will also be special prizes for the top three finishers in the other races, as well as prizes for school students registered in the race.
The Marathon was started by Waugh and Bates after another half marathon that was being held got cancelled. Bates said the number of athletes on the island who were in training, prompted them to organize the event.
“Being the animal lovers that we are, we chose the Humane Society and the race has grown each year. Over the last two years we have now added a second charity. Last year was the Rotary’s Water Relief Plant and this year will be the Grand Bahama Children’s Home.”
Lewis stated that the Marathon is a timely event and praised the GBPA for lending support to a worthy cause. He also added that this event serves as something much needed for the middle and long distance runners on the island.
“The GBAAA fully endorses this event. Often times you would hear the middle and long distance runners say we don’t have enough events to participate in. With this being a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K and a one-mile race, we are now giving them a chance to participate and to build on their distance running abilities.
“So we are encouraging all of our middle and long distance athletes from across the island of Grand Bahama, no matter what school you’re at, to come out and take advantage of this very important event.”