Entry numbers growing for Bermuda Day Half Marathon
The Bermuda Day Half Marathon will return to normal this month for the first time since 2019 and already entries have reached encouraging numbers for the individual race.
The race, set for Friday, May 27, will leave Somerset for Bernard Park with over 500 runners battling the course. So far there are 474 individual entries, 100 four-person and 30 two-person relay teams.
“We’re exceeding expectations for the individual runners which is awesome,” said Gina Tucker, the president of the Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby committee. “Our relay team numbers are growing quickly.”
As well as urging participants to help bring back the race in a big way, Tucker is also looking for volunteers to ensure that the race runs smoothly.
“We are strongly encouraging and inviting people to sign up to be marshals, we need them to ensure that the race is safe,” she added.
The last full size race was in 2019, after the Covid pandemic forced the 2020 race to be cancelled.
Last year’s race went ahead but with a restriction on the number of participants.
“I’m excited that this is back to normal and that we can enjoy the race the way that we know to enjoy it,” Tucker said. “I would say we’re going to get 500 individual entries.”
Chris Estwanik and Rose-Anna Hoey are the defending champions. Estwanik claimed a seventh title when he led home the field over the St George’s to Bernard Park course in a time of 1hr 10min 28sec.
Estwanik dethroned Lamont Marshall who finished second in 1:13.01 while Sammy Degraff placed third for the second straight year, clocking 1:16.
Hoey won the women’s race in a time of 1:25.25, placing eleventh overall while Ashley Couper was the second female, 18th overall and Gayle Lindsay third, 21st overall.
Sean Trott and Lindsay recently pocketed cheques for $2,500 for winning the Bermuda HealthCare Sir Stanley Burgess Burgess 5k race, $500 for winning the Legends Series and Rubis Gas vouchers as they stepped up their preparation for the Bermuda Day Half-Marathon.
Trott will be looking to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish.