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Champion Chris Estwanik to skip Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby

Chris Estwanik (File photograph)

A new men’s champion will be crowned in this year’s Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby as Chris Estwanik has opted not be defend his title in the prestigious 13-mile race from St George’s to Bernard Park.

“I was so incredibly fortunate to discover my fountain of youth the last two years, but this year it’s not in the cards for me,” Estwanik told The Royal Gazette. “So I’m excited to be cheering on all of the runners.”

Estwanik captured a second successive title and eighth overall last year to move to within one of equalling Kavin Smith’s record for the most victories.

The 43-year-old took the lead early and gradually extended the margin before crossing the finish line three minutes clear of his nearest rival Dennis Mbelenzi.

Among the favourites to claim Estwanik’s crown are three-times winner Lamont Marshall, Dage Minors and Sean Trott.

Front Street Mile champion Minors added another feather to his cap after winning this month’s Bermuda Healthcare Sir Stanley Burgess 5K to pip Marshall and Trott for the Swans Running Club Legends Series title.

Estwanik is now anxiously looking forward to seeing the trio do battle again in the upcoming Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby.

“What Bermuda will witness from the likes of Lamont, Dage and Sean is a fierce, disciplined and passionate effort,” he added. “An effort that is brought about because of the utmost respect and history that the race brings to the Island.

“For every runner, actually, it’s beautiful to watch the culmination of what has been a daily commitment; a journey of self-doubt and the incredible highs and lows that come with tackling a big goal.

“That grind and goal setting is the most agonisingly wonderful part of this sport. I hope that passion will be reignited in me by next year’s race.

“But if not, I remain forever grateful for the eight times I’ve been fortunate to line up and each of the victories that followed suit.”

Estwanik holds the race records for both courses, which stand at 1hr 8 min 25 sec (Somerset) and 1hr 7 min 46 sec (St George’s).

The Bermuda Day Half Marathon will be held on May 26. For more details visit bermudamarathon.bm.

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Published May 16, 2023 at 8:03 am (Updated May 16, 2023 at 1:29 pm)

Champion Chris Estwanik to skip Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby

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