Getting Lost In The Bermuda Triangle Challenge

Getting Lost In The Bermuda Triangle Challenge

The Bermuda Marathon & Half Marathon (Photo: Bermuda Tourism Authority)

Three races in three days, in one of the most storied spots in North America. I’m taking on the Bermuda Triangle Challenge at the Bermuda Marathon Weekend from January 16-18, 2015! I’ll be attending the event courtesy of the race’s organizers. I’ve never been to Bermuda, but it’s long been on my travel bucket list. Pink sand beaches, colonial towns, and hiking trails, all just a 2-hour flight from New York City.

“You go to heaven if you want to,” Mark Twain wrote to a friend in 1910. “I’d rather stay here in Bermuda.”

The Atlantic island may have given its name to the infamous “Devil’s Triangle,” but it has also inspired writers like Twain and William Shakespeare, who scholars believe based his play The Tempest on a real-world shipwreck on the island’s shores.

But Bermuda has also inspired legions of runners. The Bermuda Marathon Weekend marks its 40th anniversary in 2015, and I can’t wait to be a part of the celebration.

Want to join me? Use code RUNBDA to get 20% off registration.

Getting Lost In The Bermuda Triangle Challenge

The Bermuda Marathon & Half Marathon (Photo: Bermuda Tourism Authority)

Bermuda Marathon Weekend

At the Bermuda Marathon Weekend, runners have a buffet of races to choose from: marathon, half-marathon, 10K and two iterations of the Bermuda Triangle Challenge, which dares runners to survive three races over three days. Challengers can choose from the Bermuda Triangle Half Marathon Challenge or the Bermuda Triangle Marathon Challenge. The weekend’s events also include a Health & Fitness Boutique expo, Finish Festival and Victory Celebration.

The hotel headquarters for the 2015 Bermuda Marathon Weekend is the Fairmont Southampton, perched on a pink sand beach with a dive center, tennis courts, full-service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a championship golf course. It’s also family friendly with day and evening kids camps.

The hotel offers free round-trip ferry services to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in the capital city of Hamilton, where most of the race events start and finish.

Other hotel options are available, too, at

Bermuda Triangle Challenge

Bermuda Triangle Challengers earn a finisher’s medal for each of the 3-races, plus a special Bermuda Triangle Challenge medal and T-shirt. Are you up for the challenge?

Getting Lost in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge: Bermuda 10K Course Map

Bermuda 10K Course Map

KPMG Bermuda Invitation Mile: Challengers start with the KPMG Bermuda Invitation Mile on January 16 at 7 p.m. Only Bermuda Triangle Challengers and invited/qualified runners race in the mile, Bermuda’s only nighttime race. That alone might be worth signing up for the challenge.

HSBC Bermuda 10K: Then on Saturday, January 17 at 9 a.m. challengers and registered runners compete in the HSBC Bermuda 10K, which finishes inside the National Sports Centre. A stadium finish? Yes, please! I’ve run just two races that finish inside of stadiums and it makes me feel like an Olympian every time. This event also includes a 10K walk. The course features a few rolling hills that go up to 4 percent in grade.

Getting Lost in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge: Bermuda Marathon & Half Marathon Course Map

Bermuda Marathon & Half Marathon Course Map

HSBC Bermuda Marathon and Half Marathon: Finally, the Bermuda Triangle Challenge concludes with the HSBC Bermuda Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, January 18 at 8 a.m. Runners choose either the 13.1 or 26.2-mile race. The half-marathon is a looped course past turquoise waters, pastel colonial towns, and verdant gardens. The course gets rave reviews from runners for its beauty. The marathon is two loops of the half-marathon course, which gently rolls with no hills larger than a 2 percent incline.

Karla’s Challenge

Getting Lost In The Bermuda Triangle Challenge

The Bermuda Marathon & Half Marathon (Photo: Bermuda Tourism Authority)

I’ll be running the half-marathon Bermuda Triangle Challenge. And I’m putting this out there right now: I will run a personal best at one of the three events. I’m not sure which one I’m going to target yet, but I’d love take down any of my 1 mile, 10K or half-marathon PRs.

I haven’t raced a mile since 2011, so topping 6:46 is ripe for the picking. My current 10K PR of 56:44 is the first 6.2 mile-split of a half-marathon. I know I can beat that. And if you’re a regular reader, you know that besting my half-marathon PR of 2:00:30 has been my personal Everest.

So as I train for the Bermuda Triangle Challenge over the next 12 weeks, it will be with an eye on one of those prizes.

I’m also cooking up some costume ideas for this race. With the world’s largest collection of shipwrecks—the disaster that inspired Shakespeare’s The Tempest occurred there, a history of exploration—Captain John Smith of Pocahontas-fame was the first to chart a map of the island, pirates, prohibition-era rum-running and more, the possibilities are endless.

Getting Lost in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge

The Bermuda Triangle Challenge (Photo: Bermuda Tourism Authority)

Discount Registration

Want to join me and escape winter this coming January?

Use code RUNBDA to get 20% off registration.

Regular Registration Prices
10K Walk: $35
10K Run: $45
Half Marathon: $90
Marathon: $100
Bermuda Triangle Challenge Half: $160
Bermuda Triangle Challenge Full: $160

It’s going to be an incredible weekend. Race day temperatures hover between 60 and 70 degrees. Other activities include SCUBA diving the world’s largest collection of shipwrecks, golf, tennis, caving, hiking, biking, museums, and historic sites like the Town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit for all sorts of vacation ideas.

My Bermuda shorts are ready to go!

As mentioned above, I’m attending the Bermuda Marathon Weekend courtesy of the event’s organizers. As always, all posts and opinions are purely my own. I’m always honest about my experiences. Seriously. For more information, read my Disclosure policy.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


10 2014

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  1. 1

    You’ll love Bermuda. In university I was dating a guy from Bermuda so I headed there for a couple of holidays. I have never been there in winter though, so it will be cooler for you than when I was there in summer. If you get a chance, go parasailing – the views were amazing!

    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks for the tip! What a nice place to spend a holiday or two!

  2. 3

    Wow, so cool! I’ve always loved reading Mark Twain, and if he approves of Bermuda, I’m sure it’s awesome! Best of luck to you! I know you’ll crush a PR, or more! You’ve been doing the work, so it will pay off. I set 5k and 13.1 prs in the past month. Doin work, son!

    • Karla Bruning

      Congrats to you! I’m a fan of Twain too. He had the best soundbites before the era of soundbites.

  3. 5

    Wow. What an amazing experience.

  4. 7

    Wow! Can’t wait for the race recaps. Yes, you will crush one of your PRs!!!!
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  5. 9

    OMG I would be ALL OVER THIS RACE…if it wasn’t for that pesky Goofy the week before. You are going to have such an amazing time! Bermuda is gorgeous and I’m so jealous! Can’t wait to hear all about it and you crushing your PRs! :)

    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks, Kellie! Methinks that pesky Goofy will be worth it. That said, I’m so excited for my first trip to Bermuda!

  6. 11

    Looking forward to the recap about your PR!
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  7. 13

    That sounds like an awesome experience 😀
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  8. 15

    I LOVE Bermuda, but mostly I love vegetating on the beach in Bermuda and I’d hate to ruin that with a marathon. I’m leaving one place sacred!
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    • Karla Bruning

      Haha, TOTALLY fair. It IS nice to have a vacation every now and then where you don’t run a marathon or half-marathon.

  9. 17

    I’d love to join you, but 36 hours on planes for a weekend – maybe not 😉
    I’m sure you can break your mile and 10k PBs. The half will be tough if it’s warm but you might as well give it a crack. Great motivation to keep training strongly over winter!
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    • Karla Bruning

      Haha, yes that might be a bit far for a weekend! I agree about the PRs. Mile and/or 10K are doable. The half is the tall order. Either way, will definitely keep me motivated as the weather gets worse and the days get darker!

  10. 19

    Bermuda!! What a great place to racecation – I can only imagine how beautiful that race course is! And a great time to escape the winter blues. I can’t wait for your pictures and to hear how the challenge went!

    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks, Emily! January and February are my favorite months to get away!

  11. 21

    Wow, this sounds like an amazing opportunity! You’re going to have so much fun and I have no doubt you will CRUSH at least one of the races!!
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