Runners hit with last-minute safety requirements
Only fully vaccinated runners and those who can provide a negative Covid-test within three days of the Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby will be eligible to run in the iconic race.
The race committee advised participants in an e-mail at the weekend of its updated guidelines in compliance with the Government’s large-group exemption policy.
“In keeping with the Bermuda Government’s exemption requirements for the 2021 Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby, all 2021 Derby participants need to be either fully vaccinated or possess a negative Covid test within three days of race day,” the race committee stated in the e-mail.
Testing is available by appointment today and Thursday in Dockyard, and tomorrow in St George’s. Runners are required to go to the government website at https://bdagovcovid.resqwest.com to schedule a time to be tested.
Those who are unvaccinated and do not wish to be tested can request a refund or have their registration deferred to the 2022.
The race committee added: “We apologise for the late notice, but please understand this has been an incredibly challenging month for planning this event.
“All registered participants will be receiving an e-mail shortly with instructions on how to fulfil the exemption requirement.”
The race committee had initially announced that all participants must be tested for Covid-19, that anyone who has travelled off the island within 14 days of the race would not be eligible to compete, and that the field had been reduced to 450 individual runners and 25 relay teams of four.
The committee also previously mentioned that individual runners will start from St George’s in waves at regular intervals, are required to wear masks at the start line and as soon as they complete the race and are discouraged from congregating at the finish area at Bernard Park.
The derby was cancelled last year for only the second time in its 112-year history because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The other time it was cancelled was in 1915 because of the First World War.
Lamont Marshall and Rose-Anna Hoey are the men’s and women’s champions from 2019 and are back to defend their titles this year.