Bahamas Half Marathon and 10km Race Instructions
The 10km and Half Marathon courses are internationally certified distances and as such all instructions should be followed to maintain the proper distances. Do not cut corners or run off of the paved road (ie. sidewalks, dirt paths, grassy areas, etc). All participants should stay in the Northern most (coastal) lane of traffic out and back. Please see the course map for details of the course.
The temperature and humidity in Nassau is fairly constant. At the time of printing this the weather calls for 81F high, winds NNE @ 10mph, humidity at 75%, 30% chance of rain and scattered showers.
Parking will be located on the Fort Charlotte grounds and surrounding areas. Make sure to leave yourself enough time to park as there will be in excess of 500 persons in the area.
Gear Check is located near the start/finish area. Participants can drop off dry clothing or personal items before the race. Place your items in the bag marked with your bib number. All bags must be checked in by 5:50 a.m. Your bag will remain at this location until you pick it up after you finish. The Bahamas Half is not responsible for lost items.
The Start Line is located East of Arawak Cay, opposite the Fort Charlotte field. The Half Marathon (individuals and relay) starts promptly at 6 a.m. followed by the 10k at 6:05 a.m. Runners should be assembled at the start well before 5:45 a.m. for final race instructions. The starting area will be divided into Half Marathon/Relay and 10km so please be sure to be in your proper division. Within your division, faster runners should be at the front and walkers at the back. Please give yourselves plenty of time to get to the start, stretch and hydrate before the race start.
The relay exchange will take part just West of the Starbucks/Rubins building. The timing chip and ankle strap much be passed on to the next runner in order to receive an accurate time. Both relay exchanges will take place in the same location and volunteers will be there to assist if required. If you are driving please make your way to the relay exchange well before the race start and road closures.
Race Numbers & Timing
Fasten your race number securely to your front using the safety pins provided. In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bib is:
Clearly visible and properly oriented on the front of the torso and pinned in all four corners
Unaltered and unmodified (do not fold, roll, wrinkle, etc)
Not covered (jackets, runners belts, water bottles, etc)
Aid stations with water and/or Gatorade are located approximately every 1 mile. Port-a-potties are provided at the Start/Finish area, at Goodman’s Bay before the 10km turn-around, and opposite “Nesbits” before the Half Marathon turn-around. These will be on the coastal side of the road.
If you need medical assistance during the race, please notify volunteers at any of the water stations or along the course. There will be paramedics at the Start/Finish area as well as staff along the course. Volunteer cyclistswill be mobile on the course also.
The Royal Bahamas Police Force will be present to close traffic and in certain areas direct traffic. Please follow all of their instructions and the instructions of officials on the course. Earphones are allowed, but please keep them at a volume to not risk your safety. Not following officials’ instructions can lead to disqualification.
The course will be open for 4 hours from the start of the race. After two hours, those persons in the Half Marathon who have not reached the turn-around point will be asked to turn around and head back to the Finish.
Please use caution at all times along the course, and most of all have FUN and have a GREAT RACE!