35th Bermuda International Race Weekend- A Pink-Sand Paradise
Plan the perfect getaway weekend to Bermuda, January 15 – 17, 2010. This great escape during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend will be a welcome break from the ice and snow of the USA weather, and the ideal destination for your winter race.
Posted Sunday, 15 November, 2009
Soak in the sublime beauty of this island paradise and discover its simple pleasures--so close but a world apart--known for the picture-postcard vistas, spectacular pink-sand beaches, and vibrant old-world charm. Join the excitement and be part of history as the International Bermuda Race Weekend celebrates its 35th anniversary this coming January. Join runners from around the globe for an unforgettable race tradition in beautiful Bermuda, complete with extraordinarily pleasant running temperatures and stunning island beauty from one end of the course to the other.
(All photos are courtesy Patrice Malloy.)
Choose the running distance that is just the right challenge for you. There is a marathon, half marathon and a 10K Race. If you are really brave, enter the Bermuda Triangle Challenge to run three races in three days! It doesn’t get any better than this. With a choice of four racing options, picturesque courses, great amenities and excellent organization, you will agree that this Weekend is nothing short of a runner’s dream come true.
One Terrific Location
Thanks to Bermuda’s enviable location along a breathtaking stretch of the Atlantic, 650 miles east of North Carolina, this island paradise enjoys near perfect weather all year round. Its location keeps it warmed by the Gulf Stream and the sun’s rays, but free of extremes of hot and cold. Imagine delightful running weather in January with temperatures ranging in the 60’s and 70’s. This great location also makes it an easy and accessible escape with that just-around-the-corner feel. Grab a flight from Boston, New York or any other eastern city and reach Bermuda’s lovely shores in just two hours.
KPMG Bermuda Invitational Mile
The weekend festival of running events gets underway starting on Friday January 15th with the KPMG Bermuda Invitational Mile. This exciting signature events takes place on Front Street in Hamilton and it sets the tone for the entire race weekend. It is an invitation-only event in which the top twenty fastest finishers at a series of trial events are invited to participate. Each year, large crowds gather in anticipation of a new sub 4- minute record as the fastest international and local runners compete for prizes. A sense of exhilaration fills the air as everyone wants to see first hand who will emerge as the top junior age group, and local male and female miler.
Bermuda International 10K Race and 10K Charity Walk
The fun and excitement continues on Saturday with the Bermuda International 10K Race and 10K Charity Walk at the National Sports Center in Devonshire.
The Bermuda International Half Marathon
The 2010 Bermuda Half Marathon will be run on Sunday January 17th starting at 8:00 a.m. The 13.1 mile course will start on Front Street in Hamilton. Runners will enjoy breathtaking vistas of both the north and south coasts, combining the changing shades of blue and green of the ocean with the bright, colorful pastel hues of the surrounding buildings.
Bermuda International Marathon
The 2010 Bermuda Marathon will be run on Sunday, January 17th. The marathon and half marathon will start at the same time with marathon runners completing two laps of the 13.1 mile half marathon course.
Bermuda Triangle Challenge
Now in its third year, the so called granddaddy of all events is an opportunity to earn some serious bragging rights by running three races in three days earning a total of four medals! This is a combination event which includes the KPMG Bermuda Invitational Mile on Friday night, the Bermuda International 10k on Saturday and either the Bermuda International Half Marathon or the Bermuda International Marathon on Sunday. It is only fitting that those who rise to the challenge will be treated to a very special commemorative Bermuda Triangle Challenge medallion and t- shirt as well as finishers medallions from each race – three races, three days, four medals. In addition, the male and female participants with the lowest accumulated time will win a special award to mark the momentous achievement.
Bermuda is a just as much a state of mind as it is a place. Feeling at home in this friendly island paradise isn’t difficult. The people of Bermuda are thrilled to share the unique beauty and lively culture of this special group of islands. The distinctive culture combines a reverence for British traditions with a more relaxed attitude befitting a subtropical island. It is a remarkable place that includes the best of both worlds.
Although this island is justifiably best known for its shimmering turquoise waters, lovely beaches, quaint cottages and lush golf courses, there is a great deal more here for the active minded traveler. As one of Britain’s oldest colonies, the island has more than 400 years of history to its claim. No matter what you choose, from strolling along the winding side streets and back alleys of the 400-year-old town of St. Georges or heading to the Dockyard Martitime Museum, to exploring one of 90 British-built forts, you can be certain that this is one history lesson you won’t soon forget.
There are countless land and water recreational activities from thrilling aquatic adventures such as parasailing and waterskiing, to snorkeling and deep sea fishing. And for those who prefer to be a good sport without getting their feet wet, there is golf, tennis and hiking. Explore Paget Marsh, an unspoiled 25-acre nature preserve minutes from bustling Hamilton or simply relax on one of Bermuda’s pink-sand beaches. Bermuda may be small (it has 26 miles of shoreline) but it boasts a wide array of activities designed to keep you busy as long as you have the energy. There is truly something here for everyone to enjoy including top notch restaurants and excellent shopping.
The official race headquarters for the Bermuda International Race Weekend is The Fairmont Hamilton Princess set on the shores of picturesque Hamilton Harbor. With 450 well-appointed guest rooms, fresh and saltwater swimming pools, two restaurants and a complimentary ferry to the sister hotel Fairmont Southampton Princess, the Fairmont Hamilton Princess is a luxury resort and an elegant tribute to the old world splendor that is Bermuda.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess is as convenient as it is beautiful. A short walk to Hamilton’s colorful downtown district and the marathon, half marathon and mile start and finish lines, it is also the location of the health and fitness expo, number and packet pick-up, pasta party, and awards/victory celebration.
Marathon Tours and Travel
Marathon Tours and Travel is celebrating its 32nd year as the official North American travel agency for the Bermuda International Race Weekend, bringing over 9,000 runners and their friends together over the years for race weekend. Marathon Tours and Travel is offering specially priced travel packages at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel, race headquarters. The special packages include round trip airport transfers, full breakfast and a welcome cocktail reception Thursday evening for those taking advantage of the four night package. Meet Marathon Tours staff and fellow runners at the welcome reception and other activities such as the pasta party and awards celebration. For more information on travel packages, please contact Marathon Tours and Travel at (617) 242-7845 or visit www.marathontours.com/bermuda/
Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to participate in the 35th Bermuda International Race Weekend. Run an amazing race with long standing traditions in your perfect wintertime destination. Enjoy crystal clear waters warmed by the Gulf Stream, lush foliage and splendid scenery. A world apart from the ordinary, Bermuda is one of the most beautiful places on earth. A short flight from many East coast cities, it is convenient and easily accessible. But Bermuda seems a million miles away from ordinary.
For registration information and more race details go to www.bermudaraceweekend.com/