The first edition of Alaia Foundation’s Half Marathon & 10K Run/Walk held last Saturday, April 6th 2019, was an overwhelming success with a record number of runners taking on both distances. Runners participating in the event hailed from all across the country of Belize and as far as Michigan, Canada, West Virginia and California. At the crack of dawn, spectators lined Banyan Bay Suites’ resort entrance to support this fantastic community event with over 133 runners competing on a picture perfect day.
The event consisted of a 10km run/walk and 21km (half Marathon) distance on the principal streets of Ambergris Caye, with the largest number of participants running the 10km distance. The event also garnered the support from an international official time keeper, Patrick Hamel of Club Spartan from St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Using advanced digital technology, each runner’s bib was equipped with a chip to calculate with accuracy the times of each runner.
There were 5 age categories including Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, Over 50 and an overall winner in both distances. Placing first in the overall Half Marathon was Leon O’Brian with an incredible time of 1:19:17 and Radmon Smith with a time of 00:35:49 as the overall winner in the 10k Run/Walk.
Director of amenities and Board member for the Alaia Foundation, Seferino Paz, spoke on the success of the days races; “We are delighted with how the event went and couldn’t deliver this event without the support of the local community, the San Pedro Town Council and many volunteers, stakeholders, suppliers and sponsors who help us to organize this year’s event. We plan to hold the half marathon and 10K run annually to maintain awareness on the importance of health and wellness on the island and also throughout Belize,” end quote.
Organizers say that plans are already underway for next year’s event which promises to be a much anticipated community event. Of note is that the youngest runner recorded was 12 years of age and the eldest runner was 66 years old. Proceeds of this inaugural event is going back to the Alaia Foundation to aid the Belizean people with medical, dental and education relief. Prizes were given to the best Water Station Booth along the race’s route; first and second place were Crocs Sunset Lounge and Caye Casa, Below is the winner’s circle in each age category:
Winners by Age Category
Overall Female 1stPlace Half Marathon – Rosa Cruz (#81) – 1:43:12
Overall Female 1st Place 10K – Michaela Lancaster (#11) – 00:51:39
Female Under 20
1st Place Half Marathon- Kaylin Monteroso (#66) – 2:20:38
1st Place 10k – Shiandy Gillett (#64) – 1:02:43
Male Under 20
1st Place Half Marathon – Caesar Trejo (#65) – 2:12:15
1st Place 10K – Judah Swasey (#100) – 00:53:41
1st Place Half Marathon – Emily Gayle (#3) – 2:04:13
1st Place 10K – Lilian Chuc (#93) – 1:02:53
1st Place Half Marathon – Amir Ramos (#75) – 1:28:38
1st Place 10K – Radmon Smith (#102) – 00:35:49
1st Place Half Marathon – Rosa Cruz (#81) – 1:43:12
1st Place 10k – Michaela Lancaster (#11) – 00:51:39
1st Place Half Marathon – Leon O’Brian (#78) – 1:19:47
1st Place 10k – Vladimir Gonzalez (#77) – 00:39:23
1st Place Half Marathon – Rose Requena (#16) – 2:18:52
1st Place 10K – Maritza Betancourt (#128) – 1:01:54
1st Place half Marathon – Luis August (#76) – 1:28:40
1st Place 10K – Mike Watts – (#121) – 00:51:01
1st Place Half Marathon – Consuelo Espat (#52) – 2:25:10
1st Place 10k – Lara Sokol (#10) – 00:53:12
A comprehensive report of the race results can be found at https://results.chronotrack.com/event/results/event/event-49674