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Dog Days Half-Marathon the perfect New Year’s Resolution!
By Sarah Kirkby- Barefoot Marketing
Dec 13, 2017 - 11:02:29 AM

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Vice President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Henry St. George, participates in Dog Days half marathon in Freeport, Grand Bahama. (Photos courtesy of Dog Days for Barefoot Marketing)

Freeport, GB, Bahamas –  Most people will say that sports has an amazing, way of making a positive impact in society. Whether it's helping children, communities or even nations, sports make a difference on a daily basis.  Organizations now are using sport to raise money for worthy causes, to boost local economies and most importantly to get people active.

As people make their New Year’s resolutions, Grand Bahamians are hoping they will add the fourth Annual Dog Days Event on their to-do-list.  Scheduled for March 24th, 2018, organizers are gearing up for another competitive event with sponsors already hoping on board to be part of this annual success. Jumping in as the title sponsor is the Grand Bahama Port Authority, who  will lead the event with a goal to promote health, the economy and charities.

“The GBPA is very proud to be supporting Grand Bahama’s signature long distance running event the Dog Days Half Marathon,” said Vice President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Henry St. George. “The GBPA has been a long-term supporter of this event and is delighted to have answered the call from the race organisers, Siobhan and Nikki, to now become title sponsors to ensure that the event takes place. We see this as an important event for building community spirit, promoting healthy living, and it complements our support for other community sporting initiatives like the Conchman Triathlon and the Edward St George memorial golf tournament.”

The Grand Bahama Port Authority will now become the title sponsor of the annual Dog Days Half Marathon in March of 2018. Vice President, Henry St. George, is pictured with some of his fellow team members at the GBPA and event organizers Siobhan Antoni-Bates and Nikki Waugh. (Photos courtesy of Dog Days for Barefoot Marketing)

As the only running race in The Bahamas that offers notable cash prizes, organizers and sponsors hope to steadily increase numbers as they have done every year since the races inception in (year). Over 500 runners participated in the half marathon, 10k, 5k and one miler fun run; an impressive feat for what started off a small grass roots event.

“The race gives an opportunity to showcase beautiful Grand Bahama to the international runners who participate,” added St. George. “We hope that 2018 will see a record attendance to the event. GBPA will also be sponsoring the entry fees for a group of student athletes from the St George’s High and Jack Hayward High schools, providing them with an opportunity to participate in character building and friendly competition.”

Both the GBPA and the Dogs Day Event Organizers want to use this event to inject community support and fun back into Grand Bahama. Encouraging this family friendly community to participate in more local events such as these, as well as motivate support from the corporate community by participating in the Corporate Challenge.  Last year's first corporate winners were PharmaChem, who took home the trophy with the most points and were closely followed by the Grand Bahama Power Company.

This year's structure for the point system, will be redesigned to give smaller companies an opportunity to participate.  St. George, a keen participant noted that he “…extends the corporate challenge to all the business community to register their best athletes for this marvellous event,” but challenged that “the Port is coming to claim the trophy!”

This year, due to the races huge growth,  the event will move to Taino Beach. "We feel that this location allows our runners to have a safer experience while spectators are encouraged to come along and cheer their friends and family on,” noted Siobhan Antoni-Bates, Dogs Day Half-Marathon Co-Race Director.

Lastly, organizers noted that this event has always helped the Grand Bahama Humane Society, and last year's race also contributed to the Grand Bahama Water Relief Foundation which serviced thousands of people after Hurricane Matthew. This year, they have decided to donate to the Grand Bahama Children's Home, a cause close to the St. George family.

To learn about sponsorship, corporate challenge, school races or as an individual racer, please visit their Facebook page or their website, www.grandbahamadogdayshalfmarathon.com. Sign up has already begun and organizers are hoping to reach 600 runners this year, they are encouraging everyone to join in and work with them to keep Grand Bahama growing and thriving.

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