The fourth edition of the Run for Pompey Marathon is set for Saturday, November 10 in George Town, Exuma. The organizers held a press conference yesterday at the headquarters of BAF Financial & Insurance (Bahamas) Limited.
Kevin Taylor, co-founder and race director of the marathon, is very excited to have the race again in Exuma. Apart from Taylor, the marathon also has international expertise. There is Doug Flannery, Lacie Flannery and Frankie Ruiz who have experience in marathon planning.
Doug Flannery is intimately involved in the New York Marathon as the director of race operations. Lacie Flannery is the race director of the Chicago marathon. Ruiz is the co-founder of PR Racing. It was the launching pad for the Miami Marathon. The company was acquired by Life Time Fitness; Ruiz is its chief running officer.
So far, the marathon has registrants from as far as Ireland and France.
Taylor said that about 80 percent of the participants are from Exuma. He also expects over 150 students from there to participate in the event. Parents also take part in the race.
The event is set to have six different races.
There is the 2K (1.2 miles) also called the “George Town Dash”. It is for kids or anyone who just wants a short run. There is a little longer race, the 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk for cancer research and is presented by BAF Financial. There is also the 10K (6.2) for all ages. The 21.5K (13.4 miles) half marathon is available for persons over 16 years old. If that is too short, there is the 42K (26.2 miles) full marathon. Participants must be over 18 years old. Finally, the 50K (31 miles) ultra marathon is available to participants above 18 years old.
Winners of the individual races will receive a medal also called “The Piggie”.
In the first three years the race was held in October on the weekend before National Heroes Day. Taylor said: “We have moved the event from October to November because basically we had some weather issues with hurricanes so we pushed it back a month later. Also, it is a little cooler during that time of the year to start the run.”
Taylor said he is looking to incorporate a relay aspect to the marathon in the future.
The starting point is at the George Town Regatta Park. It is a professional timed race.
The patron for the event is two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time Olympian Pauline Davis-Thompson. She said she is blessed and privileged to be the patron of the marathon and thanked the organizers of the marathon. She described Pompey as someone who is the first national hero.
Davis-Thompson also plans to have a coaching clinic in the sprints, hurdles and jumps while she is in Exuma.
Also present to represent the lead sponsor BAF was its Managing Director Sandy Morley.
“As a corporate citizen and an insurance provider, we think that wellness and healthy living are important. It meets some of the objectives that we have sought to drive through with our clients and staff. What’s exciting for us is that the event continues to grow. Over the years we have seen patrons from as far away as Africa. We are excited about this and the fact that it brings business to our shores. It also helps in driving the local economy. What is most important is that we are able to contribute to the life of young people. We hope to continue as the primary partner in the Run for Pompey.”
Aliv Media Champion Sasha Lightbourne said Aliv is delighted to be a sponsor again and that sports is a big part of what Aliv encompasses.
“We are so delighted to be a part of the Run for Pompey again. This is our second year as a sponsor. Sports is a big part of what we do. We always tell people that we are not just a phone company, we want to be part of the ethos and what makes up our Bahamian culture and society, and we know sports plays a very big role in that and we’re just so delighted to be a part of this for a second year,” Lightbourne said.
She also added that Aliv will have a team and will be participating, and its sponsorship will continue for years to come.
Apart from Aliv and BAF, other sponsors include GIV Bahamas Inc., the Ministry of Tourism, Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co., Caribbean Bottling Company, Grand Isle Resort, Peace & Plenty, the Swimming Pig, Catch A Fire, Ty’s Sunset Bar & Grill, Glinton, Sweeting O’Brien, Bahamas Local, Breezes Bahamas, Cash N Go and Diane Phillips & Associates.
Last year’s winner of the ultra marathon was Suzanne Eneas.
To register for the marathon, interested persons can visit www.runforpompey.com.