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Top runners flock to the island in January for the Bermuda International Race Weekend, which includes a marathon and 10-km races. Many of the difficulties that cyclists face in Bermuda—hills, traffic, and wind—also confront runners. Be careful of traffic when walking or running along Bermuda's narrow roads—most don't have shoulders.
International Race Weekend. Held in mid-January, there's some serious competition for winning these races; they attract world-class distance runners from countries around the world, but they're open to everyone. The weekend event usually sees the Front St. mile race on Friday night, a 10k walk and run on Saturday, and the marathon on Sunday. Many ambitious participants aim to get three medals in three days! 441/296–0951. www.bermudaraceweekend.com.
Bermuda Half Marathon Derby. Held on Bermuda Day (May 24), a public holiday, the race brings thousands of locals and visitors, who line the edges of the 13.1-mi course. This race has recently been opened to tourists, but even if you aren't a runner, it's great fun to watch. There's a cycling race before and the annual Heritage Day parade in Hamilton after. www.bermudamarathon.bm.
Bermuda Triathlons. The Bermuda Triathlon Association holds these sporting events about once a month from April to October. The events are of various lengths and combine a swim, a cycling leg, and a run. The BTA also hosts sprint series throughout summer months. Many of the events take place on public holidays at Clearwater Beach, St. David's. 441/293–2765. www.bermudatriathlon.com.
Mid-Atlantic Athletic Club Fun Runs. This club hosts many running events at various locations across the island throughout the year. The main attraction is the annual Fairmont to Fairmont, a 7.2-mile race that challenges participants to make the trek from the Fairmont Hamilton Princess to the Farimont Southampton. The Renaissance 10 Miler and Team Challenge in March and the Fidelity 5k in June are also popular. 441/239–4803. www.maac.bm.
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