Runners Start the New Year at the Starting Line at Fairmont to Fairmont Race

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

Hamilton, Bermuda, January 4, 2011 –The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and The Fairmont Southampton hotels will be holding the 34th annual Fairmont to Fairmont road race on January 9, 2011. The race, which takes runners on a 7.2 mile course between the two landmark hotels, marks the beginning of the running year and attracts racers looking to participate in the Bermuda International Race Weekend and other races throughout the year. A Juniors’ 3K is also held as part of the event. The race last year attracted about 300 participants, including the Junior competitors, and organisers are expecting similar numbers at this year’s race.

Proceeds from the race will be donated to The Friends of Hope Academy, the charitable organisation affiliated with Dame Marjorie Bean Academy. Funds raised will help send special-needs students at the academy to summer camps and to participate in other activities. The total charitable donation per participant will be $10, with $5 coming from each race entry and matched with a $5 donation from Fairmont Hotels Bermuda.

“This race has become a traditional way for runners in Bermuda to kick off the New Year and get in shape for upcoming races,” said David Packer, director of facility operations for The Fairmont Southampton. “It is also my first running race in Bermuda, so I am looking forward to what I understand to be a well-organized and fun event.” Several Fairmont Bermuda employees are expected to participate in this year’s run.

Fairmont to Fairmont is organised by Mid-Atlantic Athletic Club (MAAC) and sanctioned by the Bermuda Track and Field Association. April Vesey of MAAC co-directs the Fairmont to Fairmont race along with Chris Page. She said, “This race always has a fun atmosphere because it is the start of the year and everyone is looking forward to getting out after the holidays. We are always pleased with the turnout. Fairmont Bermuda does a great job of hosting the event.”

Pre-race activities begin at 8:00am at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess with fruit and beverage stations and music played by a live DJ. The 7.2-mile race begins at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess at 9:00am and ends at The Fairmont Southampton’s Ocean Club with light refreshments and the awards ceremony. Following the race, free ferry transport for runners will depart from the Waterlot Inn at 11:30am, heading to The Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st male and female Bermuda residents; 1st male and female visitors; 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female Fairmont Bermuda employees; 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female in age groups under 20, 20-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. Draw prizes will be open to all race participants and include a grand prize of a three-night stay for two at The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. Additional prizes include dinners for two at The Fairmont Southampton restaurants and at Harley’s at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, weekends for two at The Fairmont Southampton, including one in a Fairmont Gold room. Mugs and Hanteen-style water bottles will be provided to all finishers.

The Juniors’ 3K Race, for runners aged 15 and under, begins at the Heron Bay Market Place at 8:30am and ends at The Fairmont Southampton Ocean Club. Prizes will be given to the top three male and female finishers in three categories: age group 8 to 10; 11 to 12; and 13 to 15. Prizes for the juniors include Dolphin Quest Encounters, Fairmont beach and pool passes, a round of golf for two at The Fairmont Southampton and lunch for two at Wickets or Cabana Bar & Grill at The Fairmont Southampton.

Runners can enter online at www.maac.bm or www.racedayworld.com or in person at the Sportseller in the Washington Mall. The deadline for paper entries is 4:00pm on Wednesday, January 5 while online registration closes at 5:00pm on Thursday, January 6. Race number pick-up will be at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess on Saturday, January 8 from 12:00noon to 2:00pm. Late entries will be accepted at race number pick-up but not on race day. For runners’ convenience, $5 will be automatically added to race entry fees to cover the cost for 2011 Bermuda Track and Field Association (BTFA) membership fees and runners will no longer be required to register separately with the BTFA.

Additional donations to The Friends of Hope Academy can also be made at www.racedayworld.com.

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