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Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend Gives Bahamas $2.5M Spending Boost

2/8/2017 4:30:02 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas (February 8, 2017) – the 8th annual Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend (SIRW) generated more than 1,800 room nights and over $2.5 million in visitor spending.

The event, held in January, attracted 524 international participants from 21 countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, Philippines, USA, Spain, Australia, Austria, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden, Trinidad, US Virgin Islands, South Africa and New Zealand.


SIRW includes the Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure® and the award-winning Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas.

For SIMB, the average length of stay was 3.5 nights.


An average of 4.1 people were in a party.

Organizers say they have consistently found that runners from the US are travelling to the January event and opting to remain in The Bahamas to take advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

Marathon Bahamas, which won a Tourism Impact Award in 2015 and was named by Runners World UK as one of the “50 Best Races In The World” outside of the UK, features three events – the marathon, half marathon and relay.


Organizers are now encouraging local residents to register early for the 9th annual event in order to take advantage of cheaper rates.

For more information, visit www.marathonbahamas.com.

Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas (SIMB) winner, Leigh Schmit, 44, crosses the finish line in January

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NASSAU, Bahamas (February 24, 2017) – Registration is now open online for the ninth annual Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas (SIMB), to be held in 2018.
The relay segment was a popular component of the eighth running of Marathon Bahamas
For months, people around the world, and here at home, were preparing for the Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend, and for the fifth consecutive year, Caribbean Bottling Company, the local producer of Coca-Cola products, was there.
Twenty-one Strides for Hope members will be traveling to The Bahamas to participate in the 8th annual Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas (SIMB). The event will be held on Sunday, January 15th beginning at Junkanoo Beach.
BTC will once again support this weekend’s Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure and Marathon Bahamas events.
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According to Sunshine Insurance Vice President Shelly Wilson, the Marathon Bahamas segment of the company's race weekend has attracted a substantial amount of the international runners to the shores of The Bahamas once again, as the annual event continues to grown from year to year.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology's Sports Unit has stepped up to sponsor both the student run segment of Marathon Bahamas and the Fourteen Clubs Golf Academy.
Registration for the Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas (SIMB) relay is trending ahead of the 2015 numbers by about 65 percent. In 2016, the relay was a sold out event.
Over the January 14-15 weekend of 2017, in New Providence, the eighth running of the Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas will take place.

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