Sunday, January, 14, 2024
Start: Royal Naval Dockyard
Finish: Barr’s Bay Park, Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton
In 2020, the Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge debuted a new course for the PwC Bermuda Marathon. With the guidance and input of local runners who, collectively, have put in thousands of miles training in Bermuda, the original marathon course from 1975 (consisting of two 13.1-mile loops) was reimagined as a point-to-point running tour of the island.
Now, participants in the PwC Bermuda Marathon embark on an epic adventure beginning with a free ferry ride on marathon morning from downtown Hamilton, across the Great Sound, to the race’s starting point on the west end of the island: the historic Royal Naval Dockyard. On the 26.2 mile journey, you will experience some of Bermuda’s most famous beaches and historic sites, including running across Somerset Bridge (the world’s smallest working drawbridge) and past Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse (one of the first lighthouses in the world to be made of cast-iron).
Don’t worry, though, if you’re not a history fan, we’ve got you covered. Along with the improved scenic views, the marathon course also features two rum stops sponsored by Goslings, as well as a variety of live entertainment and local cheering squads to keep your spirits high as you head to the finish line.
Plus, if you want an extra challenge, you can run 3 races in 3 days as part of the Chubb Full Bermuda Triangle Challenge, which includes the Butterfield Mile, the BF&M 10k, and the PwC Bermuda Marathon. 3 races, 4 medals, and a high-quality Finisher’s Jacket to wear with pride! (Free with registration: bragging rights, shameless selfies, and at least two days post-race of being able to complain about sore quads/calves.)
(Please note that if you plan to run the PwC Bermuda Marathon you should make arrangements to pick up your number on either Friday, January 12 or Saturday, January 13. There will be no number pickup on Sunday, January 14)
Participants in the PwC Bermuda Marathon will receive a 2024 Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge technical t-shirt (unisex sizes only), a custom 2024 PwC Bermuda Marathon Finisher’s Medal, a custom finisher’s certificate, and a swag bag. In addition, everyone is invited to celebrate their accomplishments at the post-race Finish Festival in Barr’s Bay Park, featuring music, free food and snacks (including Oscar Mayer hot dogs, Nature Valley granola bars, and Haagen Dazs ice cream) courtesy of Butterfield and Vallis, locally brewed beer courtesy of Bermuda Craft Brewing, and rum cocktails courtesy of Gosling’s.
Please note that Bermuda Triangle Challenge participants and people that register for more than one race (e.g., the 10k and the half) will only receive one shirt.
After departing Dockyard, runners will have the opportunity to run along the scenic, quiet Bermuda Railway Trail for approximately 4.3 miles through Somerset and into Southampton, leaving the trail briefly to run over the iconic Somerset Bridge, the world’s smallest drawbridge. The course will pass by some of Bermuda’s most famous beaches, including Horseshoe Bay, Jobson’s Cove, and Warwick Long Bay. Runners will join the half marathon course just after mile 14 and follow the remaining 12 miles of the PwC Bermuda Half Marathon course to the finish line near Barr’s Bay Park in Hamilton.
“THANK YOU. I’ve run 817 marathons or ultramarathons and this would be among the best organized and executed of them.”
“Everyone at the water stations was so enthusiastic and encouraging. It made a real difference. I had a brilliant time running my first marathon.”
“Great marathon expo, amazing giveaways, friendly staff, great race course. I’ve already run 35 marathons in my life but this was one of the best organized. The medals are also really amazing. A big thank you!!”
“The entire course was fun to run. There was no opportunity to get bored because we were constantly seeing new things and experiencing new parts of Bermuda. A lot of marathons will say, ‘we have a 6-hour cutoff’ but the entire party will have been shut down by the time slower runners come in. I finished the marathon in 5 hours 11 minutes and it looked to me like the party was just getting started down in the park. That made me feel valued, as though the marathon was designed for everyone, not just the elites. I also didn’t realize how much stuff we got for participating in the challenge!!! That makes someone who’s traveled from far away feel like it was really worth the trip!”
Getting to the Start
A free ferry will be provided to take marathon runners from Hamilton to the Royal Naval Dockyard. The ferry will leave from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal (see map below) at 5:45am sharp on Sunday, January 14th. The journey is about 30 minutes and the boat arrives at the Royal Naval Dockyard at 6:15am. Runners participating in the Bermuda Marathon are encouraged to take the ferry. Please do not be late for the ferry!
If you are not planning to take the free ferry, and you wish to make your own way to the Royal Naval Dockyard, there are parking facilities there and areas to disembark from other modes of transportation (if you are coming by taxi or bus).
Also at the start village in Royal Naval Dockyard:
- toilet facilities
- Highland Spring water
- coffee and tea
- a variety of pastries
- a bag drop truck that will transport runners’ bags to the finish line at Barr’s Bay Park in Hamilton
Time & Age Limits
Please note you must be at least 16 years of age on Sunday, January 14, 2024 to participate in this event. There is a 6:00 time limit on the PwC Bermuda Marathon.
In order to comply with our agreement with the Government of Bermuda, streets along the route will be reopened to vehicular traffic on a set schedule. Runners are advised to stay on the LEFT side of the road.
- Elena Makolova – 2:40:32 (Russia), 2002
- Andy Holden – 2:15:20 (Great Britain), 1980
- Megan Gubbins – 3:10:52 (USA), 2020
- Bryan Morseman – 2:28:52 (USA), 2020
The awards ceremony for the PwC Bermuda Marathon will take place on Sunday, January 14th in Barr’s Bay Park beginning at 11:30am. Cash prize awards will be presented in the following categories: male and female overall (no age group):
First place: $500
Second place: $250
Third place: $100
There will be no cash awards for age group winners. However, age group commemorative awards will be presented for both male and female runners in the following categories: 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+