This year’s edition of the Bankers Insurance Half Marathon featured a NEW ROUTE which will start and finish on Mulchan Seuchan Road, Chaguanas. In addition, a TEAM RELAY (3 member mixed team) has been added to the line-up. This is to facilitate new runners who would like to try long distance road running and for teams, schools and clubs who would appreciate a team event.
This event is the only one of its kind in central and offers over $100,000.00 in prizes to runners in both the international and local categories. The local categories includes age group categories, physically challenged category, Bankers Staff category and Team/Clubs with over 30 finishers. There is also an additional incentive for local runners; any T&T Male clocking a sub-1:08 finish will earn TT$5,000, while the T&T Female who clocks sub-1:16 will also earn TT$5,000. What is noteworthy about the prizes is that both male and female athletes receives prizes of equal value.
Bankers Insurance has been a staunch supporter of local athletes in their pursuit to attain their goals in their selected sport. In keeping with this trend, a decision was made to not sponsor any elite foreign runners to this year’s race. This will provide an incentive for our local runners to establish themselves as elite performers and seize the opportunity to pick up valuable prize money for their efforts. “Over the years we have seen organizers bring in elite runners at great expense and we too had done the same in our first year, but soon after we saw the unfairness to our own local runners” said Vance Gabriel, Managing Director, Bankers Insurance Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited. “We cannot stop the international interest and registration from abroad, because as you know this is an international race, but we have decided to not go through the expense to put our own runners at a disadvantage”
Over 700 participants are expected to take part in the race which is in its third (3rd) year. This includes athletes from Kenya, USA and Venezuela who have registered for the race. Interested person can register at Bankers Insurance Head Office on Mulchan Seuchan Road, Chaguanas as well as Branch Offices located at #42 Bengal Street, St James and #3 Carib Street, San Fernando and at an Agency in Curepe – LBV Financial Services Limited, Southern Main Road Curepe. Registration runs until August 18th and are also facilitated online at http://www.bankerstt.com.
Date: 31st August 2017
Venue: Bankers Insurance Chaguanas Branch
Photographer: Kishan Sony
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