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 17
6:00 am (EST)
Simultaneous start with the marathon
VIRTUAL FACT SHEET
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
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 17, 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.
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 race course 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-hour time limit on the course for the event; however, all participants must complete the first 6 miles within a 1.5 hour period. After the 12:00 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 Packet Pick Up (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 (Start & Finish Line to Hotels)
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.