Drake University’s relay team is shown at the finish line of the 2015 Marathon Bahamas. (Photo/Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend)
NASSAU, Bahamas – For
the fourth year in a row, a group of Drake University students will travel to The
Bahamas to take part in Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend (SIRW).
annual event takes place January 16-17, 2016.
It kicks off with the Susan G.
Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure® 5K and later heads into Marathon Bahamas.
students will be visiting from the university. Half of them will participate in
the marathon while others serve as volunteers, staffing water stations and
coordinating race logistics. All of the students will take part in the Komen
“We are delighted to again take part in Race Weekend by participating
in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Marathon Bahamas,” said Tom
Westbrook, professor of leadership studies and director of the leadership
concentration at Drake University.
“It is a
wonderful way for our students to learn of the history and culture of this
wonderful island nation. It is one of the highlights of our time in
Westbrook and Jennifer
Tran-Johnson, Drake University’s assistant dean of student support will be
leading the group.
students will also take part in a leadership course on the high seas during their
trip, which is scheduled for January 12-23.
at Sea is a blend of classroom and experiential
learning focusing on leadership development, team building, and seamanship.
Drake University students stop for a quick picture after completing the Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure 5K. (Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend)
20 students and two faculty members will participate in the course highlighted
by a trip aboard the Liberty Clipper—a U.S. Coast Guard licensed gaff-rigged,
square-masted sailboat that becomes their classroom as they take command of the
ship on the Caribbean Sea.
Students will also learn from officials of the American Embassy and
Bahamian government, meet with faculty and students at the College of the
Bahamas, complete a historical tour of Nassau, and tour a major cruise liner.
will teach students to apply leadership in a new environment, work in teams,
communicate and manage conflicts, and to sail.
For more information or to register for the 7th
annual Marathon Bahamas, visit www.marathonbahamas.com.
To register for the 6th annual Susan G.
Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure, visit www.komenbahamas.org. Organizers are
giving away a gift for every 25th person who registers online.
Individuals who register by November 30th will be eligible to win
the grand prize – dinner for four at Atlantis Paradise Island.