FRIDAY, FEB 24: A Bermuda version of the famous Spanish running of the bulls is to be held this weekend.

Reinsurer Validus Re is organising the event, which will raise cash for Big Brothers and Sisters.

Entrants can choose to either run or walk the 5km course — with prizes for the fastest competitors.

Validus chief executive officer Conan Ward said: “The run/walk provides loads of fun for the whole community— and whether you come for the workout or to show your support, you’re sure to have a great time and a truly memorable day.”

The run – based on the annual running of the bulls in the Spanish city of Pamplona —will see an elite group of athletes, the bulls, take off after entrants in a bid to catch them.

The race is scheduled for Sunday.

Race entrants can choose to run or walk the course and the first 200 to register will also pick up a free t-shirt.

Support

Mr Ward said: “We are proud to support more than 40 charitable grant programmes in the local community and the running of the bulls 5k run/walk is an important part of that effort.”

Paper registration for the event, which is being run in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Athletic Club (MAAC) closed on Wednesday, but online entries will be accepted until 5pm today (Friday).

 Runners and walkers can register at www.racedayworld.com.

Big Brothers and Sisters of Bermuda is a charity set up to mentor youngsters, mostly from single parent homes. Children are paired up with an adult to help them forge one-to-one relationships.

Research has shown that children in the programme are less likely to drop out of school, use drugs or behave violently.

The registration fee is $27 for MAAC members and $32 for non-members. There are also reduced rates for MAAC gold members and recreational walkers.