Run Bermuda’s Backyard To Hold 2nd Edition

November 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Over a hundred runners will take part in the second edition of Run Bermuda’s Backyard, sponsored by Monument Re.

A spokesperson said, “The island’s only ultramarathon distance event sees runners embark on a loop of 4.167 miles every hour on the hour. The time between laps allows runners to eat, drink, and recover before they set off together on the next loop.

“110 competitors will embark from Clearwater Beach, Southside at 9am on December 2nd to attempt to set personal bests, achieve distance milestones, or to claim the coveted title of last person standing.

“This year’s runners will also have the extra incentive of attempting to qualify for the Bermuda National Team slated to take part in next year’s World Team Championships. Last year’s winner Fabri Alvera, who completed 25 loops, or over 104 miles, qualifies automatically, as will this year’s champion. The remaining 13 spots will be filled based on the best performances across the qualifying window, which spans the 2022 and 2023 events.

“In addition to the individual competition, 2023 also sees the launch of the corporate team event, in which teams of 4 from Monument Re, Athene Re, Lancashire Insurance, Renaissance Re, and Aspen Re compete to see which team can achieve the highest aggregate number of laps.

“The first Run Bermuda’s Backyard in 2022 exceeded the race organisers’ expectations, raising $10,000 for Raleigh Bermuda’s youth life skills programs.

“The event will again be raising funds for Raleigh Bermuda. Thanks to support from title sponsor Monument Re, all entry fees will be donated to the charity and anyone wishing to make a donation can do so through the “donation” button here.”

Race organisers said, “We had excellent feedback from our inaugural event and are delighted that registrations have surged by 80% this year as word of mouth has spread. The support highlights the appetite for approachable, friendly, long-distance running events that let people test their limits in a supportive environment. It also allows us to raise a meaningful amount to support the excellent work of Raleigh Bermuda.”

Race Coordinator Andy McComb stated, “It’s really exciting to see how supportive Bermuda’s running community is of this relatively new event and format and also of Raleigh Bermuda. The prospect of qualification for the World Team Championships will add an extra layer of interest to this year’s event as it extends into the evening and perhaps again a second day, but I’m equally looking forward to watching people of all abilities set new personal bests, something we are planning to recognise on the day of the event as those runners cross the line. A big thank you to all our sponsors, contributors, and volunteers who make this event possible.”

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