In 2017, the End of the World Marathon will begin promptly at 5:30 AM on December 10. Runners competing in the full marathon will start at Placencia Village at the southernmost tip of the peninsula and race up the beach, passing through Seine Bight Village and Maya Beach before reaching a spot just south of Riversdale. Half marathons will then join the race as runners compete to be the first to cross the finish line back at Placencia Village.
Registration ends on October 15, 2017, and the admission fee includes a pasta dinner, attendance at the award ceremony, a post-race party, and a midnight beach soiree at the world-renowned Tipsy Tuna bar.
Far more than just a sporting event, the End of the World Marathon is a fun way to experience the pristine beauty and stunning panoramic views along the route. All proceeds from the marathon go towards providing scholarships for disadvantaged youths in the area. Along with the half and full marathon race, a two-mile fun run will also be held on the morning of the event, with plenty of participants running in colorful and zany costumes.
The original End of the World Marathon in 2012 took place on December 21, 2012, an event that millions of people around the world awaited with bated breath due to the Maya calendar supposedly predicting the end of a cosmic cycle. The original marathon was a tremendous success and has evolved to become one of the most festive regional events on the yearly calendar.
Chabil Mar has been a proud sponsor of the End of the World Marathon since its inception and is located just a short distance from the starting, making it the perfect place for participants to enjoy all the excitement of the race as well as soaking in the beauty of Placencia and the nearby Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a mecca for snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing.