Drake University Students Returning To Race Weekend For Fourth Year Straight

For the fourth year in a row, a group of Drake University students will travel to The Bahamas to take part in Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend (SIRW).

The annual event takes place January 16-17, 2016.

It kicks off with the Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure® 5K and later heads into Marathon Bahamas.

Twenty students will be visiting from the university. Half of them will participate in the marathon while others serve as volunteers, staffing water stations and coordinating race logistics. All of the students will take part in the Komen run/walk.

“We are delighted to again take part in Race Weekend by participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Marathon Bahamas,” said Tom Westbrook, professor of leadership studies and director of the leadership concentration at Drake University.

“It is a wonderful way for our students to learn of the history and culture of this wonderful island nation. It is one of the highlights of our time in Nassau.”

Westbrook and Jennifer Tran-Johnson, Drake University’s assistant dean of student support will be leading the group.

The students will also take part in a leadership course on the high seas during their trip, which is scheduled for January 12-23.

Leadership at Sea is a blend of classroom and experiential learning focusing on leadership development, team building, and seamanship.

The 20 students and two faculty members will participate in the course highlighted by a trip aboard the Liberty Clipper—a U.S. Coast Guard licensed gaff-rigged, square-masted sailboat that becomes their classroom as they take command of the ship on the Caribbean Sea.

Students will also learn from officials of the American Embassy and Bahamian government, meet with faculty and students at the College of the Bahamas, complete a historical tour of Nassau, and tour a major cruise liner.

The course will teach students to apply leadership in a new environment, work in teams, communicate and manage conflicts, and to sail.

For more information or to register for the 7th annual Marathon Bahamas, visit www.marathonbahamas.com.

To register for the 6th annual Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure, visit www.komenbahamas.org. Organizers are giving away a gift for every 25th person who registers online. Individuals who register by November 30th will be eligible to win the grand prize – dinner for four at Atlantis Paradise Island.


Caption 1: Drake University’s relay team is shown at the finish line of the 2015 Marathon Bahamas. (Photo/Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend)

Caption 2: Drake University students stop for a quick picture after completing the Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure 5K. (Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend)