Bermuda End to End
The End to End has evolved as a mega annual event in Bermuda where thousands of participants walk, run, ride horses, cycle, swim, canoe or even wheelchair from one end of the island to the other. Usually held in May (some times there are exceptions), the walk starts in the morning from St. George and ends at Royal Naval dockyard. Some who can't walk the entire 25 miles, join midway from Albuoy’s Point in Hamilton City and walk Middle to End for 14 miles to the dockyard. Some fun walkers even join close to the dockyard at Sandys Middle School.
The funds raised through individuals and establishments go to the various charities in Bermuda. It all started with a modest effort by three friends Jon, Clive and Paul in 1988. They came to Bermuda as expats and worked together in an Insurance Company. They were the first to think of such a walk for the first time in the island.
End to End Bermuda
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Without any grand vision, the three friends took up the initiative of organizing a walk along the Bermuda Railway Trail that goes along the north shore for most part. But they had no organizing committee, no one to help and no water stops. Parts of the route were also uncertain as the railway trail does not exist in some parts.
They first organized a shorter test walk from Barnes Corner in Southampton to the dockyard. The news was spread out mostly through colleagues and friends. Surprisingly large number of people turned up to participate in the test event.
The three of them realized that the concept of long distance walk was fast catching on in the island. They quickly mobilized some support, explored the full route, organized some water stops for the end to end walk and took police permissions.
The three friends also felt that it was as opportunity to raise some funds for the local charities through donations while fulfilling the need of such exercise. On the first year of this event, 186 persons participated in the walk and they together raised $43,200. The amount was dedicated to three charity houses - Hope Homes, The Bermuda Society for the Blind, and the Rape Crisis Center. With such success of the first walk in 1988, the annual event of End to End was born.
During the initial years, the event grew rapidly. It soon included teams with medical, financial and logistics support.
Many local companies, clubs and societies started to support the event through funds or by offering support facilities and supplies. Today well over 110 organizations contribute to cause of the event.
Many initiatives were added to make the event more interesting and included cycling, swimming, rowing, riding and lot more. New ideas came in from time to time. Once there was a plan to add a Dance Marathon to the event which never really took off. The organizers occasionally switched the starting point although now it is fixed to St. George due to logistics reasons. Celebrities were brought in at times and there were events for kids, marching bands, training walks, raffle prizes and lot more.
Eventually the three expat founders had to leave Bermuda, handing over the charge to the committee which is today formed from the local community. Paul was the last to leave in 2001. Today over 2,500 people participate and the annual fund raised is well over $300,000.
The End to End is now a part of Bermuda's regular annual calendar events and continues to raise huge money for the charity organizations. Participants need to register online on the official website.
Saturday, October 23, 2021. There will be starts in St. George’s, the Botanical Gardens and on Beacon Hill Road. The finish line will be at the Royal Naval Dockyard.
Update May 2016: The walk was held on May 8, 2016. Despite inclement weather and heavy rains, over 1,500 walkers took part for the good cause. Cycling and Swimming were cancelled.
Update May 2015: The event had drawn more than 3,000 participants this year running, jogging, cycling etc. The sky was clear and it was a bright day. In the last stretch near the dockyard, it turned into a big outdoor party.
Update May 2014: Catlin end to end was held on May 3rd this year. The end to end walk started from St George at 7am. Many islanders participated and lot many joined in between including cyclists, paddle boarders, walkers, swimmers etc.
Update May 2013: This year the event was held on May 4 and the participation is even larger than previous year. There were 2,700 participants who officially registered with the event and hundreds unofficially joined along the way. Additionally there were 500 volunteers and lot many spectators on the streets.
Update May 2012: This was the 25th annual event and around 2,600 people participated in this year's end to end, which is several hundreds more than the previous year.
Bermuda End-to-End Charitable Trust
Suite 544, 48 Par La Ville Road
Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda
Event Hotline: 441/292-6992
Office Phone: 441/292-9741
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