Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge Cancelled

October 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

The 2022 Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge [BTC] – scheduled to be held in January 2022, consisting of the Butterfield Front Street Mile, the BF&M 10K Run & Walk, and the PwC Half and Full Marathon — has officially been cancelled.

A spokesperson said, The Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge is listed as a BTA signature event on the sports tourism calendar which attracts many overseas race participants.

“The BTC Race Committee announced the decision to cancel this event after consultations with the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA], its main event sponsors [Chubb, Butterfield Bank, Bermuda Fire and Marine, and PwC], stakeholders, the Bermuda Police Department and the Department of National Security. It was jointly determined by all parties to cancel the January 2022 race weekend due the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. In September and October Bermuda was listed as a Level 4 by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as a result, sign-up was low, especially for overseas participants.”

Martin Merritt, Spokesperson for of the BTC Race Committee said, “Out of an abundance of caution, the race directors have decided to cancel the 2022 Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge race weekend.

“The BTC Race Committee tried to develop lower-risk race scenarios for the 2022 January event, but at the end of the day, we could not develop a foolproof plan to hold three major running races involving 1500+ participants [many from overseas] and requiring hundreds of volunteers and support staff, without elevated risk.

“We are very disappointed to have to cancel the event for a second year in a row, but the logistics of having to hold a three-day event under these circumstances is not feasible and poses a health risk for all involved which we believe is too great a risk to accept at this time.”

Lead Sponsor, Chubb’s Chief Administration Officer, Bermuda Operations, Samantha Froud stated, “Chubb is in full agreement with the BTC Race Committee to cancel this event, as the health and safety of our local community is of upmost importance. Chubb remains committed as a lead sponsor for the 2023 Bermuda Triangle Challenge event. We will now focus our energy on working with the Race Directors, the BTA, and the other Race Sponsors, to ensure the 2023 event is spectacular.”

Hazel Clark, Director of Sales and Business Development, BTA, added, “The Bermuda Tourism Authority understands the complex interplay of factors that led the BTC Race Committee to make the decision to cancel the 2022 event, and we support the move. Ultimately, prioritizing the health and safety of the participants, volunteers and our community will always be at the forefront of our decision-making. Though the reality is the January 2022 event will not take place as we intended, we look forward to working with the Committee to plan the next race weekend when conditions allow.”

The organisers added, “The BTC Race Committee would like to inform participants who may have already signed up that there is an option to defer their entry to the 2023 Race Weekend or to claim a refund. Participants who have registered will receive an email this month with details on how to defer or claim a refund. Additionally, the BTC Race Committee would like to that the sponsors for their continued support.”

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