Run for Pompey remains major tourist attraction

Run for Pompey remains major tourist attraction

Organizers of the 2018 Run for Pompey marathon announced this week that the event is set for November 10 at the Georgetown, Exuma, regatta site.

The Run for Pompey Marathon not only serves as a vessel for the advocation of health and wellness, but it has also transformed into one of Exuma’s greatest tourist attractions.

Run for Pompey organizer Kevin Taylor said the Exuma race weekend has become a staple in the islands plan to bring tourists to its shores.

“So far we have athletes from as far as France and Africa registered to compete on race weekend,” Taylor said.

“We have to thank the people of Exuma for embracing and owning this event the way they do. Last year, we had a couple hundred runners come out to compete. However, we think this year may be the best to date.  This run has become a staple on the Exuma tourism calendar and it continues to develop and grow each year.”

Prior to this year, the event is usually staged in October. According to Taylor, the move was to prevent clashing with the Bahamian hurricane season.

We have moved the event from October to November because basically we had some weather issues with hurricanes so, we pushed it back a month later. Also, it is a little cooler during that time of the year to start the run.”

The 2018 Run for Pompey will feature five races- the 2K, 5K, 10K, 21.5K, 42K and 50K.

Along with chief sponsors ALIV and BAF Insurance, the race is also sponsored by GIV Bahamas Inc., the Ministry of Tourism, Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co., Caribbean Bottling Company, Grand Isle Resort, Peace & Plenty, the Swimming Pig, Catch A Fire, Ty’s Sunset Bar & Grill, Glinton, Sweeting O’Brien, Bahamas Local, Breezes Bahamas, Cash N Go and Diane Phillips & Associates.