This year, the End of the World Marathon is scheduled for December 9th in picturesque Placencia, a town nestled up against the white powdery beaches and azure waters of the Caribbean Sea in Southern Belize.
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. In fact, this year in December, the tournament will mark its 6 years anniversary.
The race is divided into two categories: a full marathon and half marathon.
Beginning at the football field at the bottom of the 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 however, is not only about running and fun in sunny and beautiful Belize, but also 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.
This year, over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in both the men’s and women’s marathon and all entrants who complete the race receive a commemorative finisher’s medal. Special accolades will also be given to the victor in age classes: under 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & over.
Registration for the race is now open and can be done on the official website of the marathon at http://www.runbelize.org/register.html. In order to enter the race, you have to be 18 years or older for the full marathon and 16 years or older for the half marathon.
All participants of the competition also receive a T shirt, and an opportunity to win prizes donated by the local sponsors.