Let’s Move Bahamas’ Fun Run/Walk draws hundreds

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Sheldon LongleySend an emailApril 11, 2023 142 2 minute readFacebookTwitterLinkedInShare via Email

The “Let’s Move Bahamas” CARIFTA Fun Run/Walk on Easter Monday morning, a first of its kind over the Easter holiday weekend in the CARIFTA movement, turned out to be a smashing success.

The event, which got underway promptly at 6 a.m. on Monday, drew hundreds of locals and visiting guests to the northern shoreline of the island of New Providence taking part in an innovative event that could very well become a staple on the CARIFTA calendar. That’s how well-received the event actually was.

World Athletics President Lord Sebastian Coe himself served as the patron of the event and also participated, showing some of the skill set that enabled him to win two Olympic titles in his heyday. He finished in the top five Monday morning.

Even Prime Minister Philip Davis was out for a morning stroll, walking the five-mile course with his entourage. He was joined by Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) President Drumeco Archer, other BAAA executives, Bahamian president of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Mike Sands and others. International guests included Lord Coe and World Athletics Council Member Willie Banks of the United States.

The event served as a prelude for the final day of the 50th Oaktree CARIFTA Games in which Jamaica won a 37th straight title over at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. As for the fun run/walk, BAAA President Archer said it was exactly what was needed to gather Bahamians together in a celebration of track and field and the CARIFTA movement. The event was organized by the BAAA.

“This is the atmosphere that we were searching for. It’s a celebration of track and field, it’s a celebration of the CARIFTA movement and it’s in fellowship with our brothers and sisters from around the region. Looking at the numbers that we would have attracted to this event, I could truly say that it was well-received and it’s something that we could build on for the future,” said Archer.

Some of the participants in the event went straight to the track following the early morning run/walk for the Easter Monday morning session of the 50th Oaktree CARIFTA Games which wrapped up last night.

Other innovative aspects of the 50th Oaktree CARIFTA Games included a lively CARIFTA Cultural Village, which featured various forms of entertainment every night, a tea party for invited guests, and there was a mini Good Friday concert after a grand opening ceremony and an Easter Sunday church service prior to the morning session on the middle day of the championships.

Fans turned out in large numbers for the entire three days of the CARIFTA Games.

The Bahamas hosted CARIFTA track and field for a record ninth time this year, and it came during the nation’s 50th independence year. Next year’s CARIFTA Games is set for Grenada.


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