Last week, the End of the World Marathon and Half Marathon was held in Placencia. The marathon which began as a celebration of the end of the Maya Calendar in December 21, 2012 has become one of the most sought after running events in Belize.
The race is divided into two categories: a full marathon and half marathon.
Beginning at the football field at the bottom of the Placencia Peninsula, the full marathon (26.2 miles) goes through Placencia Village, Seine Bight Village and Maya Beach. The race then loops back a few miles south of Riversale and ends in the village of Placencia.
The half marathon (13.1 miles) begins at the marathon turnaround and also finishes in Placencia Village.
The End of the World Marathon is not only about running and fun in sunny and beautiful Belize, but it is about giving back to the community. According to the organizers of the event, the proceeds raised goes towards high school scholarships for children on the Placencia Peninsula.
Below are photos of this year’s race. All photos by are by Marion & Ed Carr. Copyright Muzamanzie Photographs, Belize.
6th End of the World Marathon -Belize
Sunday, December 10, 2017 05:30 (GMT-6) – Final results
- Race winners
- Click on a green category name to see full results
|full||Winner||Winning time||Total racers|
|Age 20-29||Lipman, Jenna||4:40:16.4||1|
|Age 30-39||Cruz, Rosa||3:39:58.1||4|
|Age 40-49||Reimer, Sara||3:59:35.5||3|
|Age 50-59||Sanders, Kimberly||4:50:32.2||4|
|Age over 60||Johnson, Cathie||6:09:55.4||1|
|Age 20-29||Bulum, Juan||3:02:15.7||6|
|Age 30-39||Augustine, Egbert||3:15:02.8||8|
|Age 40-49||Herrarte, Edy||3:17:23.1||8|
|Age 50-59||Hope, Marvin||3:27:13.7||4|
|Age over 60||Pech, Orlando||5:21:04.3||2|
|half||Winner||Winning time||Total racers|
|Age 20-29||Smith, Trinity||1:38:52.8||22|
|Age 30-39||Yunokizono, Haruka||1:50:22.3||26|
|Age 40-49||Bader, Mary||2:00:55.7||14|
|Age 50-59||Shaw, Mary||2:15:26.0||8|
|Age over 60||Stakutis, Wanda||2:03:59.8||3|
|Age Under 20||Gomez, Daniella||1:56:24.8||11|
|Age 20-29||Smith, Radmon||1:23:50.7||24|
|Age 30-39||O’Brien, Leon||1:15:29.9||16|
|Age 40-49||Villalobos, Juan Carlos Chaves||1:21:41.0||17|
|Age 50-59||Rosado, Victor||1:52:09.6||5|
|Age over 60||Carpenter, Nick||2:05:37.0||2|
|Age Under 20||Arana, Brayan||1:21:40.4||17|
The National Basketball Team of Belize won bronze medals for the country in the XI Central American Games that was held in Nicaragua this month.
The victory represent the first medals for Belize at the games.
According to a release from the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF), Team Belize played their hearts out and held on to close out a 63-58 victory over Honduras to secure the medals.
“While the team was shooting for gold, this achievement against tough competition is encouraging for the BBF’s National Team Programme. Head Coach Milton Palacio, former NBA, Euroleague and Team Belize standout player, has pledged his commitment to continue the process of rebuilding the National Team Programme in developing young players and coaches going forward, and in preparation for the upcoming international basketball competition cycle,” the release from the BBF states.
In February 2018, the first round of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) AmeriCup competition will commence and will see the participation of Team Belize.
The FIBA AmeriCup competition marks the launch of a new competition and Olympic qualifying format, being adopted by FIBA which features a new “home and away” structure for international play.
This new format allows exposure of Team Belize and the country in each round, and permits fans with the best opportunity to provide maximum support when Belize host its opponents at each stage of play. The availability of the soon to be completed Belize Civic Center, with FIBA approved specifications, is therefore considered very timely.
The BBF is a non-profit organization which relies solely on contributions and assistance from the private sector and the public at large for their programmes.
On behalf of Chabil Mar Management and Staff, we extend congratulations to team Belize for winning bronze medals in Nicaragua.
Belizean Roward Garel has won the title of Caribbean Adventure Ambassador of the year for 2017 with 1975 votes, according to a release from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
Garel who was born blind is known for using this disability to undertake extraordinary feats. For example, he is the only visually impaired person to ever climb Victoria Peak, the second highest mountain in Belize that stands at over 3,000 feet above sea level.
He has also trekked 74.6 miles from Belize’s western border to Belize City in 5 long grueling days under the hot sun and has dived the world renowned Blue Hole, one of the top diving spots in Belize and the world.
His efforts have been dedicated exclusively to raising funds for the Belize Council for Visually Impaired (BCVI) and has not only increased public awareness of the services offered by BCVI, but the organization has also been able to expand its services to visually impaired people throughout Belize.
For the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador title, Garel went against Jake Kelsick of Antigua & Barbuda (1, 471 votes), Jeremie Tronet of St Vincent & the Grenadines (896 votes), Courtenay Bushman Rooks of Trinidad & Tobago (542 votes), and Mario Rigby of Turks & Caicos Islands (387 votes) who made it to the top five!
“We love the work that you do and we hope that you will continue to spread the spirit of adventure throughout the Caribbean,” the CTO said to all contestants.
On behalf of Chabil Mar Management & Staff, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Garel and the other contestants in the Caribbean that entered the competition.
5 Great Reasons to Visit Placencia in December
December is simply a fabulous month to visit Belize. With lots of clear skies and plenty of sunshine, the weather is truly fantastic in December. As the world has begun to catch up with the fact that Belize is a vacation paradise with lots of things to do and see, more and more airlines have begun to offer non-stop flights from North America to Belize. As the region’s only English-speaking country, Belize is a great place for family vacations, adventures in nature, and romantic getaways.
With close access to both the reef and the top attractions on the mainland, the sandy shores of the Placencia Peninsula are an ideal base for a great December vacation in Belize.
Here are 5 terrific reasons to visit Placencia in December:
The End of the World Marathon
What started out as a semi-humorous way to celebrate the so-called prediction by the Maya that the world would end in 2012 has now become a Placencia classic. Runners can participate in either a half or full marathon as they race up and down the peninsula as throngs of fans cheer them on.
Escape the Rush
The first three weeks of the month (December 1-21) are the ideal time to benefit from the gorgeous weather while escaping the crowds that descend on Belize during the Christmas holidays.
Every Day is a Beach Day
The beaches of Placencia are regularly voted as the best in the country, a truly special honor in a nation with 180 miles of coastlines and hundreds of islands. Perhaps that’s why the locals refer to Placencia as “Barefoot Perfect”.
Lots of Things to Do and See
Although many people choose to vacation in Belize over the Christmas and New Years holidays, the first three weeks of December are also a great time to snorkel and dive the Belize Barrier Reef, explore ancient Maya pyramids and temples, and hike through the pristine rainforests and jungles that make Belize special. And, from Placencia, all these magnificent adventures and treasures are available from one central location.
Located just a few minutes’ walk down the beach from the picturesque Placencia Village, Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning guest exclusive resort with its own lush tropical garden, two infinity beach-side pools, gourmet on-site restaurant, and beautiful luxury villas with personal verandas.
Spa days for pampering, on-site concierge to meet your every delight and complimentary use of bicycles, paddle boards and kayaks are just a sampling of the service and amenities at Chabil Mar, so you can be as active or relaxed as you want to be.
In order to take advantage of the wonderful weather from December 1-21 and escape the holiday rush, be sure to book your December vacation in Belize today. Contact our Reservations Manager for more information or to complete your December Belize beach vacation.
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