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History

Special Recognition Awards


The Siblings Trophy was established in 2016 as a tribute to Neil and Neville Virgil, "The Virgil Twins” to highlight their spirit of sportsmanship and acknowledge their contributions to the Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby.  This legacy was conceived by Ted and Susanne Knowles, who first met Neil and Neville when the entire Knowles family made their first visit from Boston to Bermuda in 1969.

 

For the past 50 years, Knowles family members have consistently visited Bermuda and have contributed to the community in various ways, including purchasing a home and donating their time to local small business events. A chance family vacation, sprinkled with “The Virgil Ambassadorship, fused into a half century of visits between Bermuda and Boston and the development of a lifelong friendship between that crossed the ocean.

 

Sadly, Neville passed away on April 24, 2015. As is often the case, the “identical twin genetic connection” prevails and Neil passed away 5 months later, on September 20, 2015. As part of the healing process, the Knowles and Virgil family continued to connect and founded the Siblings Trophy, as a tribute to highlight the Virgil Twins' accomplishments, in particular their spectacular 1964 "One-Two Finish" when first-born twin, Neville won the Marathon Derby and  “10-minutes younger” Neil, was the “second-in-command drafter,” who pushed Neville to keep going. Their 1964 record has never been broken; it proudly still stands today.

In 2016, the Siblings Trophy made its debut and was awarded to the

first set of siblings to cross the line with the lowest combined time.

In 2019, in recognition of Neil and Neville's love of ambassadorship (where everyone is a cousin), the Sibling Trophy will be expanded to include a second category.

The Siblings Family Relay Trophy will further embrace community and serve as a motivation for young runners and entire family groups to come together to celebrate our island running heritage, one that the Twins lived, breathed and cherished.

Siblings Trophy:

  • Will be awarded to the pair of siblings who finish the half marathon with the lowest combined time

  • The winners' names will be engraved on the "Official Siblings Trophy"

  • Each winner will receive a personal trophy and $100 each

Siblings Family Relay Trophy:

  • Will be awarded toc flexible combination family relay group that finish with the lowest combined time

  • Each member of the team will be awarded a personal trophy and a $50 valued award

 

Celebrate our heritage; connect with family and carry on the legacy of The Virgil Twins!