If the thought of running a marathon or half marathon is a daunting task, then solicit some friends, family and colleagues to participate in the relay. The four-person relay is designed to build team spirit, engender camaraderie and foster positive corporate challenge as well as the obvious – physical fitness. There is a distance for everyone and school and corporate teams are encouraged. Teams will run the marathon distance and compete for overall awards.
Sunday, January 17
6:00 am (EST)
Simultaneous start with the marathon and half marathon
ENTRY FEES: (Per Person)
- $57.50 January 21 to June 7 at midnight
- $65 June 8 to September 7 at midnight
- $75 September 8 to November 7 at midnight
- $85 November 8 to January 5 at midnight
- $95 at expo (if available)
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
TEAMS DIVISIONS (must be identified at the time of registering – NO CHANGES)
- Overall Male/Female
- Mixed (2 males/2 females)
- Students (2 males/2 females)
The race course was 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, exciting Cable Beach and the life of the residents hugging the northern shore of the Island.
The marathon 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 a westward turn onto Shirley Street all the way to Cumberland Street north. At Bay Street, the course continues to the west hugging the northern shores of Cable Beach, Delaporte and West Bay Street with the turnaround ¼-mile west of Compass Point returning to the most eastern entrance to Arawak Cay for an oceanfront finish.
TEAMS – Distances and exchange points
Each team of Four members will collectively run the 26.2 marathon distance.
Exchange zones and distances:
Leg 1 – 6.2 miles
Start in front of McDonalds, Downtown
Leg 2 – 6.9 miles
McDonalds to east of Sun Fun Resort (in front of the ‘castle-type’ oceanfront house –green/white)
Leg 3 – 5.6 miles
East of Sun Fun Resort to turnaround point (west of Compass Point) to Cave’s Height
Leg 4 – 7.5 miles
Cave’s Height to Arawak Cay
RELAY TEAMS TRANSPORTATION
The third and fourth-leg participants will be provided transportation from Western Esplanade (east entrance – bottom of hill) at 5:30 am to Sun Fun Resort area (third leg) and Blake Road (fourth leg).
Return bus transportation from Sun Fun Resort to Arawak Cay (west entrance- short walk to the finish line), will be provided at 8:30 am and 9:30 am.
Return bus transportation from Blake Road to Arawak Cay (west entrance – short walk to the finish line), will be provided at 9:00 am and 9:45 am.
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 Montague Beach thru 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 EST.
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 should you 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.
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)
All members of the team are invited to join the finish-line festivities at Arawak Cay and enjoy the morning at the beach with food, music, vendor displays and cheer other Marathon participants.