2017 Race for the Cure Registration Opens

Registration for the 7th annual Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure® opened on October 1st to coincide with the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Sunshine Insurance (Agents & Brokers) Ltd, which is the lead organizer and sponsor of Komen Bahamas, held a news conference at the company’s headquarters on Monday to officially launch Race Season.

The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local cancer charities since its inception.

The 2017 race will take place on January 14, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. starting at the Montagu foreshore.

The event is part of the Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend (SIRW).

“We’re encouraging Bahamians and persons from all walks of life to participate. If you’re unable to walk or run, come out and volunteer,” said VP of Operations, Shelly Wilson, who is also a director of Marathon Bahamas.

“Come out and cheer on those persons who are either celebrating that they have survived cancer or those who are continuing their battle with cancer. We as Bahamians know that there is no Bahamian family that has been untouched by breast cancer. So, we want to encourage The Bahamas to continue to show support for the 2017 Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure.”

As far as the 3.1-mile event goes, nothing has changed with respect to the route.

However, Sunshine Insurance is encouraging schools, children, the elderly, civic groups and teams of 10 or more people to register early for the event.

Mrs. Wilson thanked the event’s sponsors for their support.

“We are also pleased to advise that we have ongoing sponsors that have been with us since inception, such as Focol, Atlantis and the Ministry of Tourism. We have also extended our reach to sponsorship throughout the years from Grand Bahama and we’re very appreciative of those companies who will remain with us, namely Grand Bahama Power Company, Sawyer’s Fresh Market and Pharmachem, among many others from Grand Bahama.”

“Those persons who participated in Race Weekend in the past know that it is a mammoth event for Sunshine Insurance and one that we are quite committed to continuing. However, we could not do it without the support of those sponsors and the volunteers who come out early in the morning and stay late at night working around the clock on the Friday before the race until Sunday evening after the Marathon Bahamas event,” she said.

For the first time in its history, Komen Bahamas will be giving every participant a medal for crossing the finish line.

“In previous years, we’ve only given medals to persons winning in five-year age categories, but this year, the first 2,000 persons to cross the finish line will get a medal. We’ll still have the age category awards and the medals for cancer survivors,” said Mrs. Wilson.

Sunshine Insurance is also planning another star-studded concert for its Survivor Ceremony. Last year’s event featured Visage Band Bahamas members, Dyson Knight and Wendy Lewis, Sosa Man, Nehemiah Hield, Najie Dun and comedian, “Naughty”, who emceed the event.

To register online, visit www.komenbahamas.org.

Individuals can also register at Sunshine Insurance’s East Shirley Street headquarters or at its Baillou Hill Road office.

For updates, visit Komen Bahamas’ Facebook page.