After a short break over the summer Bahrain Road Runners’ members are back out pounding the streets with lots of new events lined up.
The group, the island’s biggest running organisation, is also continuing its support for local and international charities with each year’s surplus from entries, membership and sponsorship payments used to give back to the community.
Organisations being supported this year are: the Steps Rehabilitation Centre, for the second year, with the purchase of medical equipment for pediatric intensive rehabilitation programmes for kids with cerebral palsy; Bahrain Disability Youth Society, also for the second year, with a purchase of specialist bicycles, which will be used to improve the level of activity and integration of kids with special needs, and Al Rashad Centre for Autism with a purchase of several pieces of equipment needed to enhance the working conditions and facilities for the staff and the autistic centre users.
In activities, Thursday runs resume with members getting together weekly to tackle distances of 4km and upwards and the first big event of the season has been announced with entry now open for the aquathlon, taking place on Friday, October 4, at www.bahrainroadrunners.com.
The race requires participants (as individiuals or teams) to swim 600m then run 6km. Juniors (15 and under) can also compete in the junior race which requires them to swim 300m and run 2km. Juniors may also do this in teams. Fees for the different categories of registrations are available on the website.
The season continues with a 5km Grand Prix on November 1, a 10km Grand Prix on November 8 and a 15km Grand Prix on November 15. Then it’s training time for the Cross Island race, one of the most gruelling events in the calendar and the one for which Bahrain’s running community is most well-known internationally.
Crossing the island coast to coast from south east to south west, it covers more than 15km trekking through rocky desert with only the last few kilometres run on the road. It’s certainly a tough test but one that grows in popularity each year.
2014 kicks off with a half marathon on January 10 and a full marathon on February 7 followed by the Al Areen run, 10km around the nature reserve and desert area surrounding the Lost Paradise of Dilmun, on March 7.
Multi-disciplinary events begin on April 4 with the much-anticipated Olympic triathlon featuring a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. On May 2 there’s a sprint triathlon with distances of 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, and the last official event of the season is a double super sprint on May 23. Double super sprint races vary in composition but usually include repeating one or two sections of the regular sprint race. All that and there are regular training runs, bike rides and junior events throughout the year to which everyone is welcome. Find out more at www.bahrainroadrunners.com or check out the group’s page on Facebook.