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Who can beat Grand Bahama Power at Dog Days Challenge?
By Sarah Kirkby
Mar 2, 2017 - 12:02:16 AM

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Grand Bahama Port Authority Team prepare for last year’s race. Lead runner was VP of the GBPA, Henry St. George, along with his GBPA runners. This year’s race will take place on March 25th and is hoping to succeed last years sell out of 300 participants. (Photo courtesy of Dogs Day)

Freeport, Bahamas – Winners of last years Dog Days Half Marathon Event, the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC), are looking to take home the trophy again this year at the March 25th event!

The Dog Day’s Half Marathon Corporate Challenge started last year, and garnered companies from all over the island to put on their running shoes and race to win. “This event helps promote our beautiful island internationally but also promotes local businesses, health and fitness, and even a little friendly competition,” said Randy Thompson, CEO of PharmaChem.“We look forward to seeing an even bigger turnout and of course beating our competition in the Corporate Challenge – I am already at the gym daily!”

Team challenges offer unique team building as well as a great way to support local charities while getting staff involved and encouraging a healthier lifestyle. The experience can also be used to encourage inter departmental competition and no one discourages some friendly betting too.

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Winners of last years Dog Days Half Marathon Event, the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC), are looking to take home the trophy again this year at the March 25th even"t! "The Dog Day’s Half Marathon are excited this year to also kick off our first School Challenge,” said co-organizer and race director Siobhan Antoni-Bates. “The School Challenge will offer a cash prize for the school that accumulates the most points. There will be a discounted team registration for relays for students in the half marathon with teams of three persons to encourage the youth to get involved.” (Photo courtesy of Dogs Day)

“We are excited this year to also kick off our first School Challenge,” said co-organizer and race director Siobhan Antoni-Bates. “The School Challenge will offer a cash prize for the school that accumulates the most points. There will be a discounted team registration for relays for students in the half marathon with teams of three persons to encourage the youth to get involved.”

Corporate and School registration is noted on each participant form, each mile completed is equal to one point and points will be tallied at the end of the races to find the winning teams. There will be a trophy awarded to the corporate business and of course winners get the big bragging rights.

“Without the continued assistance of our community sponsors we just couldn’t pull this annual event off and offer these great cash prizes” said co-organizer Nikki Waugh. “Dog Days has become a successful and fun day for the entire family. After the races, we encourage people to stay and enjoy the activities available at Bahamas Adventures for no charge. They also donate a portion of the day’s sales back to Dog Days so come, drink and eat!”

Runners can register at www.grandbahamadogdayshalfmarathon.com. Last year’s event was sold out with over 300 race participants as well as families, friends and tourists enjoying the festivities at Bahamas Adventures.

The event which now offers over three thousand in cash prizes, all aids the Grand Bahama Humane Society. Last year the event raised enough money to spay and neuter 300 dogs, a great savings to this non-profit shelter that exists on pure donations. Dog Days Half marathon has now become the largest fundraiser for the Humane Society and a fixture on the Islands tourism calendar.

To learn more about the event, interested racers can visit their Facebook page or their website, www.grandbahamadogdayshalfmarathon.com. Sign up has already begun and the organizers are hoping to reach 500 runners this year.




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