Wednesday 24th May 2017
Starting from St. George’s
Individual Runners 9:00 a.m. / Relay Runners 9:10 a.m.
This Event is Sanctioned by the Bermuda National Athletics Association
It is hard to believe that it has been two years since that unforgettable day when the “east-enders” lined the streets to witness the Derby participants make the historical run from the town of St. George into Bernard’s Park.
It is also hard to believe that this year marks the 5th and final year of Appleby’s support as Title Sponsor. I know all of Bermuda joins me in extending a heartfelt thanks to Appleby for their generous sponsorship and unwavering support as Title Sponsor. It is safe to say that this event has grown from strength to strength under the Appleby banner and for that we are forever grateful.
As President, I am once again honored to welcome the participants and spectators to the 2017 Derby…this race is second to none because of you! And, as with every year, I look forward to you ‘playing your part’—either at the start line or on the side line—in making this year yet another spectacular year for the Derby.
In closing, I would like to extend a special Derby welcome to all our America’s Cup visitors who too will line our streets to witness one of Bermuda’s historic and finest road running events. Only two days before the opening of the historic America’s Cup, I have no doubt that our visitors will be indelibly touched by the display of heritage and spirit that is uniquely Bermudian. Indeed, it is fitting that a race such as this would serve as a ‘first memory’ of their visit to Bermuda. Also a beneficiary of Appleby sponsorship, we wish them a successful 2017 America’s Cup.
Happy 2017 Derby Bermuda!!!
After five years of serving as Title Sponsor of the Appleby Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby, it is with a full heart that we extend to Appleby a huge debt of gratitude for what could be considered an ‘over-the-top’ level of sponsorship—both financially and otherwise—of the Derby. An event such as this would not be possible without the kind of support offered by Appleby as well as our supporting sponsor, Pure Water. A heartfelt thanks is extended to both.
AfterEven with generous sponsors, however, an event such as this would not be possible without our remarkably gracious and giving volunteers who enthusiastically ‘give up their holiday’ so that your experience as participants and spectators is an amazing and memorable one. We thank each and every one of them.
And, even with generous sponsors and gracious volunteers, the day simply would not be an enjoyable one without those very special people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the kind of organization necessary for such a historic event. To them, I extend my deepest and sincerest gratitude—their patience, commitment and enthusiastic support make this hard work a whole lot of fun. Thank you to the best team in the world.