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Hundreds of runners and walkers are expected to line up for the fourth annual Bacardi 8K road race and walk on November 21.

Since it was first held in 2007, the event has proven to be one of the most popular on the road race calendar.

Lamont Marshall and Victoria Fiddick are the undefeated men's and women's champions, respectively, having completed a hat-trick of victories in the first three races. Marshall has lowered his course record each year, with his 2009 time an impressive 25 minutes and 25 seconds.

Fiddick almost managed the same record-breaking sweep in successive races, but missed her own record by a single second last year. Her course best remains the 31.13 she ran in 2008.

For a number of years the race was overseen by Stephen Egan, who has now moved to Ireland. This year's co-race directors are Jo Bright, Sarah Johnstone and Will Peckett.

The event is noted for its ambiance, which includes a post-race complimentary light breakfast and awards ceremony. The age group prize categories now extend to a 'Grand Master' section for runners aged 60 and over.

The 8K course – almost exactly five miles – starts and finishes at the Bacardi headquarters on Pitt's Bay Road.

Competitors will head west along Pitts Bay Road, onto St. John's Road and turning around near Spanish Point Park, returning via North Shore Road, Berkeley Road, St. John's Road and Pitts Bay Road.

Entries for the race are now being accepted online at www.bermudatiming.bm, and are also accepted at Sportseller, in the Washington Mall.

The closing date for registration is Thursday, November 18. Race numbers can be collected at the Bacardi HQ on Friday, November 19 between noon and 7 p.m. and on Saturday, November 20 between 9 a.m. and noon.

Photo by Chris Burville On the road: The Bacardi 8K Road Race and Walk returns on November 21. Pictured are athletes competing in the first race, held in 2007, as they stream down Pitt's Bay Road.

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Published November 11, 2010 at 12:00 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm)

Bumper entry expected for popular 8K race

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