Champion: Douglas Wakiihuri will help kick off the countdown to International Race Weekend by running in the Fairmont to Fairmont Race on Sunday. Wakiihuri won the marathon in the World Championships in 1987 and was second in the 1988 Olympics. *AFP Photo
Champion: Douglas Wakiihuri will help kick off the countdown to International Race Weekend by running in the Fairmont to Fairmont Race on Sunday. Wakiihuri won the marathon in the World Championships in 1987 and was second in the 1988 Olympics. *AFP Photo

FRIDAY, JAN. 6: When a sporting event has been around for 35 years, it’s always easy to lean back and rest on your laurels.

But that isn’t the case in the Fairmont to Fairmont race. The 7.2 mile road race is traditionally seen as the tune-up for International Race Weekend and this year it has added a relay element to help mix things up a bit.

Co-race director Chris Page said: “We’re expecting around 300 runners, which is what we usually get.

“The extra element this year is the relay race.”

Page said relay teams can be either male, female or corporate.

“Each runner will run approximately two miles each — from the start to the Newstead, from the Newstead to the Spithead, and from the Spithead to the end.

“The Fairmont wanted to add a new element to the race since its their 35th year and they’re also putting on a breakfast afterwards.

“They’ve also put up a fantastic main draw prize as an extra incentive.”

The top prize is a five night stay at the Fairmont MayaKoba.

Former world champ Douglas Wakiihuri is back and part of the race fees will go to help support his Kibera Kids Club with other proceeds going to the Family Centre.

The Fairmont will also be matching the money raised by the runners.

 


Adult Race
: The 7.2 mile course starts at 9pm at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. The top draw prize is a trip for two to the Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico and includes airfare from American Airlines. There will be other draw prizes and all finishers will get t-shirts and hanteens.
Entries are limited to 500. You can enter online at www.racedayworld.com by the end of January 6.
The cost for entry is $30 for MAAC members, $40 others, $50 late entries and $5 for gold members of MAAC.

Charity: $5 of the entry fee will go to the Kibera Kids Club and The Family Centre.

Ferry: A free ferry service will depart the Fairmont Southampton to the Fairmont Hamilton at 11:30am.

Junior Race: The approximately 3k race will start at the Heron Bay MarketPlace and run to the Fairmont Southampton Hotel Ocean Club (Whaler Inn). There will be prizes for the first through third boy and girl in the 8 to 10-year-olds, 11 to 12-year-olds and 13 to 15-year-olds. The cost is $5 for MAAC members, $10 for others and free for gold members.