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Today’s photo of the day is of the great Belize Barrier Reef System which UNESCO describes as follows:
The coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. The system’s seven sites illustrate the evolutionary history of reef development and are a significant habitat for threatened species, including marine turtles, manatees and the American marine crocodile.
See also: Scuba Diving in Belize
The End of the World Marathon is a 26.2 mile marathon that is held every year on the Placencia Peninsula. The first marathon was held in December 2012 to commemorate the end of the 13th Baktun in the Maya Long Count Calendar which was a significant time to the Maya people since it was the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.
Because many people thought that the world would end on that day (December 21th 2012) and it didn’t, the organizers of the marathon decided to retain the name “The End of the World Marathon” in honor of the distinguished writer Aldous Huxley who wrote in 1934, “If the world had any ends, British Honduras (now Belize) would certainly be one of them.”
The End of the World Marathon is now held every year since 2012 and this year, the competition is scheduled for December 7, 2014 and will begin at the football field at the bottom of the Placencia Peninsula in Placencia Village and will pass through Seine Bight Village and Maya Beach, then return and end in Placencia Village.
This beautiful event includes options for a marathon, half marathon and fun run for children.
The race offers an unparalleled and extraordinary view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea to the participants who will be running along this gorgeous Peninsula in southern Belize.
According to the official website of the marathon www.runbelize.org, all runners who complete the race will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal and over $10,000 in awards and prizes will be given to the top three males and females in the Marathon and Half Marathon.
Accolades will also be given to the top three males and females in the following age categories: under 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over.
The canal adjacent to the airstrip in Placencia village is now sporting a fresh line of mangrove plants.
About four hundred mangrove seedlings were planted during an environmental project carried out on Friday of last week.
The mangrove planting project was organized in memory of environmentalist Adrian Vernon and had the participation of over forty volunteers including members of Vernon’s family.
See also: Belize Culture
According to a press release sent out by the organizers of the event, the Placencia Mangrove Planting Project was carried out in the Crimson Development community of the village.
The official release recalls that Adrian Vernon was “a staunch advocate for the protection of the Placencia lagoon as well as national mangrove restoration initiatives.”
He died in February of this year.
A couple of years before his death, Vernon won the prestigious James A. Waight award from the Belize Audubon Society.
The Southern Environmental Association has announced that other initiatives in honor of Adrian Vernon are in the works, including a scholarship and a Mangrove Restoration guide.
See also: About Belize
Participants in last Friday’s Mangrove planting activity included representatives of the World Wildlife Fund, the Southern Environmental Association, Oceana, the Placencia Village Council, Placencia Citizens for Sustainable Development, the Placencia Fishermen’s Cooperative, Friends of the Placencia Lagoon and the Coco Plum Resort and Residential Development.