People from throughout the communities of North, Central and South Eleuthera got up early on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, to take part in ‘Road to 50′ races hosted by each district’s Island Administrator as The Bahamas launched its Golden Jubilee Independence Celebrations.
The country will celebrate 50 years of Independence on July 10th, 2023 and the road race was aimed at galvanizing The Bahamas towards unity, leading to the historic milestone in the country post British Imperialism.
In Central Eleuthera, where Administrator Earl Campbell and his team had worked tirelessly to pull off a successful showing, scores of community members showed up before 6:00 a.m. to help kick off The Bahamas’ 50th Independence celebrations.
Each island held individual routes for the race. Participants signed up as runners or walkers, and each participant received a commemorative 50th medal at the finish line.
Participants in the morning road race in Central Eleuthera were resplendent in their aquamarine shirts, as they lined up to complete their registration before hitting the road on a journey that would take them from the administrave complex in Governor’s Harbour to the Worker’s House facility, and back, before crossing the finish line.
Administrator Campbell, commenting on the results of all the planning and the morning’s turnout, said, “I was given the responsibility of taking care of the ‘Road to 50’ Race in Central Eleuthera. The importance of this whole event is our 50th Independence celebrations which will take place on July 10th, next year – This is the kickoff event – the first initiative, and there will be others that will come between now and July 2023. As they come along, we will let the residents of Eleuthera know exactly what is happening. The same ‘Road to 50’ event took place not only in North and South Eleuthera simultaneously, but throughout the whole Bahamas… I am happy for the support we received here this morning – it was really great, and I appreciate all the people who came out today.”
Participants, after crossing the finish line in front of the administrative complex, were presented with, first, second and third place ribbons and trophies, for the top finishers in a number of different age categories.