After all was said and done, Derrick Hendrickson completed his first-ever Bermuda Day Half Marathon, with nearly $6,000 in donations to raise public awareness on ovarian cancer through PALS.

He took on the challenge in memory of his mother, Kim Hendrickson, who lost her life as a result of ovarian cancer.

In a post published on his Facebook page tonight, he said: “Seriously though, a huge shoutout to all the participants as well as the spectators. Bermuda Day is a win for Bermuda.”

At the end of it all he said he decided to take “a few days to reflect on my Bermuda Day Half Marathon experience (organize my thoughts, as well as all the photos and videos that were shared)”.

Here are my takeaways (in no particular order):

  • running 13 miles is long, no matter the mind tricks
  • it’s very hott at 830am
  • Harbour Road isn’t as lonely as described
  • Relay-ers are annoying, coming in all fresh throughout the race
  • Camp Hill is litt (sic)
  • people cheering just make you feel guilty for walking or thinking about walking
  • Town needs more trees (no shade on that portion of the route)
  • spectators’ energy is amazing
  • my like/hate relationship with running still exists
  • huge sense of pride for having completed it
  • people don’t even let you enjoy the accomplishment before asking if you are doing it again

He also sent a “special shout out to (Unday, Donavan, Michael, Dantae) who helped push me from preparation to race day”.

Tanyia thanks for being my 1-person support system (and water stop, and #1 fan, and alarm clock, and… and… and,” he wrote.

“Thanks for all that donated to P.A.L.S. on behalf of my mama. Kim you were loved.

“The support has been overwhelming, to date we were able to raise just shy of $6,000.”

On that note he said: “I have asked PALS to keep the ‘Running for Kim’ cause up until the end of the month, in case there are others who still want to donate.”

Asked by Bermuda Real how did he feel the morning after the race, he replied: “Physically my legs were still sore.”

But he said: “Mentally/Emotionally… Felt like i accomplished an enormous feat.”

Congratulations & Well Done!