Registration for the 2013 Bermuda Marathon Weekend is now only available online at www.bermudaraceweekend.com. *Photo supplied
Registration for the 2013 Bermuda Marathon Weekend is now only available online at www.bermudaraceweekend.com. *Photo supplied

MONDAY, NOV. 26 (UPDATE WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28): HSBC Bermuda has been named the title sponsor for the Bermuda Marathon Weekend in January.

HSBC’s sponsorship includes the 10K run and walk along with the half and full marathons, which will be held January 19 and 20.

Donna Watson, president of the Bermuda National Athletics Association said her organization “is excited to partner with HSBC Bermuda and would like to thank them for their support for the Bermuda Marathon Weekend.

“The partnership with HSBC Bermuda not only assists the Bermuda National Athletics Association with developing the Bermuda Marathon Weekend but also in its mandate to grow the sport of athletics in Bermuda. We look forward to a very successful 2013 event.”

Blake Hellam, head of HSBC Bermuda Retail Banking and Wealth Management, said in a press release:

“At HSBC we take great pride in sponsoring events that provide the community with a world class experience.

100th marathon

“Last year, Bermudian Cal Steede ran his 100th marathon amongst athletes from 14 countries during the 2012 Bermuda Marathon Weekend. It is quite fitting for HSBC to support an event with this level of local and international credibility. This reinforces our commitment to provide world-class service to the local communities in which we serve.”

The marathon, half marathon and 10K events last year had over 1,600 runners and walkers participate, and race director Anthony Raynor is looking to grow those numbers.

He said: “This weekend attracts significant support from our diverse local running community, and also brings in top international athletes and runners from all over the world. It’s an event that puts Bermuda on the map in the running world, and gives participating visitors an opportunity to experience a bit of that Bermudian hospitality.”

Registration for the 2013 Bermuda Marathon Weekend is now only available online at www.bermudaraceweekend.com and applications are open until 11:59pm on December 31.

All event information can be found on the website including registration, course information, start times and race results. There will also be a health & fitness expo at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess during Bib Number Pick-Up on Friday, January 18 between 3:30pm and 6:30pm and Saturday, January 19 between 11:00am and 5:00pm.

Mile trials

The Bermuda Marathon Weekend also includes the KMPG Bermuda Invitational Mile events, to be held on Friday January 18, starting at 6:30pm on Front Street.

The KPMG Mile Trials are this Friday night at 6pm at the National Sports Centre. n