The Half Marathon has quickly risen in popularity over the past few years. The flat course (with the exception of two bridges at mile 2) is ideal for all types of runners. Many participants have achieved their PRs at this event. For those beginning a new way of life in Health & Fitness, this is the perfect picturesque course for you to enjoy your run. This event is Walker Friendly. If you’re from out of town and searching for that Ideal Family Winter Destination running event, Marathon Bahamas’ Half Marathon is for you!
Sunday, January 19, 2014
6:00 am (EST)
Simultaneous start with the marathon
Oceanfront at Junkanoo Beach
Three blocks west of downtown Nassau
Oceanfront at Arawak Cay
Six blocks west of downtown Nassau
Three blocks west of the start
Online at marathonbahamas.com
Online registration closes January 14, 2014
Mail by sending a completed application with check payable to:
P.O. Box N-3180
Must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2013
In person by bringing in a completed application form with cash, check or money order, made payable to Marathon Bahamas, to:
East Shirley Street & Highland Terrace
Fees are non-refundable and race numbers are non-transferable. NO DEFERMENTS TO 2015 OR BEYOND.
The race courses were designed to showcase many of the focal points of this amazing destination including quaint and scenic downtown Nassau with it’s historic buildings, the glitz and glamour of Paradise Island, the business districts, a small portion of exciting Cable Beach and the life of the residents hugging the northern shore of the Island.
The event starts at Junkanoo Beach (west of downtown Nassau) heading east thru downtown Nassau over the western Paradise Island bridge and immediately returning over the eastern Paradise Island bridge. Route continues east to Montagu Beach with an westward turn onto Shirley Street all the way to Cumberland Street north. At Bay Street, the course continues to the west, hugging the northern shore of Cable Beach with the turnaround being the second roundabout on the new Cable Beach strip returning to the most eastern entrance to Arawak Cay for an oceanfront finish.
There is ample complimentary parking available in the Ft. Charlotte area (opposite finish line) and on the side streets in the area. Marathon Bahamas strongly recommend that you arrive no later than 5:00 am to find parking as there may be some congestion in the area.
On Marathon Day, Sunday, January 19, special traffic controls will be in place from Junkanoo Beach to Paradise Island to Montagu Beach through Shirley Street to West Bay Street from 5:00 am – 12:30 pm. The streets (downtown – Shirley Street) will be opened on a gradual basis. West Bay Street through Compass Point will remain closed until the last participant has cleared the area. During the road closure, only authorized vehicles will be allowed on the route at the discretion of the traffic police. Traffic rules will be rigorously enforced to keep the event safe for all participants. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for travel on race morning.
The average weather in January is absolutely stunning with lows in the 60s (mornings) rising to the mid-70s (afternoon). The humidity averages out to 64%, with the sunrise at 6:53 am Eastern Standard Time.
Marathon Bahamas will use the ChampionChip timing system to accurately time the races and quickly provide day-of-race results. No other timing system device may be worn. YOU MUST WEAR YOUR ASSIGNED RACE NUMBER DURING THE RACE TO RECEIVE YOUR FINISHING TIME AND FOR VISUAL PERSONAL I.D. WHILE ON THE COURSE. All participants will receive their gun time and chip time for the race they complete. You do not need to return the chip, after the race, it can be disposed.
PRE-RACE MEAL OFFERINGS
A number of restaurants have agreed to offer marathon-event participants special discounts.
NOTE: you must present your BIB in order to receive the offer.
• Technical race shirt
• Oceanfront start and finish
• Scenic route with lots of water views
• Themed, unique Finisher Medal
• Age Group Category Awards 3 deep
• Runner Swag Bag
• Post Race Beach Party with loads of food, beverages, beer and music
• On-course entertainment
• Finisher certificate
• Great vacation destination
• Ideal winter running weather
Water and replacement supplements will be available every mile, along the course, starting at mile two.
GU energy gel will be offered at mile 10.
Marathon Bahamas’s Official Medical Team, Doctor’s Hospital, will be at the main medical tent positioned at the finish line. Medical stations will also be positioned along the racecourse if you should need assistance during the race.
Authorized cyclists will be on the course monitoring participants who may require medical attention. Should attention be required, the cyclists will notify the medical team.
The Half Marathon is a competitive road racing event. Runners and walkers are encouraged to participate.
There will be a 6.5-hour time limit on the course for event; however, all participants must complete the first 6 miles within a 1.5 hour period. After the 12:30 pm cut-off period, if you are on the course, you will be asked to move to the pavement should you desire to complete the event. This rule will be strictly enforced.
Every participant must be in adequate health and sufficiently trained to partake in this race. Consult your physician before beginning any endurance-training regimen.
Need a place to put your dry clothes or car keys? Simply drop your items in the race bag you receive at the Health & Fitness Expo (or your own personal bag) and drop your bag at the complimentary Gear Check area near the start line.
We recommend that you DO NOT check your wallets or any other valuables into a Gear Check bag.
*Make sure to fill out and attach your Gear Check stub located on your race bib.
Gear Check will close at 1:30 pm. All unclaimed gear will be donated to a local charity.
Shuttle service will be available, round trip, from the Atlantis, Wyndham, Sheraton and Breezes hotels on race morning.
Pickup will be at 4:45-5:00 am with returns, every forty-five minutes, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased at packet pick up (Expo).
Once you cross the finish line you will receive cold bottled water, your finishers medal, go through the Runner’s Food Line for a variety of food selections and pick up your personal belongings from Baggage Drop-Off prior to enjoying your morning at the beach. The Medical Tent is conveniently located at the end of the finish line. Arawak Cay offers a great venue for all participants to reunite with family and friends, enjoy food, music, vendor displays and cheer other Marathon participants.
All finishers receive a unique commemorative medal.
Authentic, commemorative awards are awarded to the winners of the half-marathon event in the following categories:
• Overall (male/female)
• Overall Masters (male/female-all over 40)
• Overall resident (male/female)
• Top three in age groups: 19 & under, five-year age groups from 20 – 70+ (male/female)
Awards Ceremony: 10:30 am (overall);
If you are an Award Winner, Marathon Bahamas encourages you to stay for the awards ceremonies.
The Awards Ceremony for the winners and Award Collection for Age Groups will take place at the Finish Line Party. If you are not present to collect your award and you want us to send you the award by mail, please download the Awards Redemption Form and mail it in with the appropriate fee for shipping and handling.
*Awards will only be available within 4 months of the event.
During the Awards Ceremony, random prizes will be awarded. Every participant is eligible to win. The grand prize is a 2-night stay at The Cove, Atlantis inclusive of Breakfast.
YOUR RACE CERTIFICATE AND PHOTOS
Your personalized Half Marathon certificate and photos will be available approximately one week after the event.? We will not be mailing out certificates. By printing yours at home, you can celebrate your achievement immediately.