Islanders run for a worthy cause
Thursday, November 5th, 2015
Over a hundred island residents of all ages came out on Saturday, October 31st for the first ever Bullying Awareness 5k Marathon. Organized through a collaboration between the San Pedro High School (SPHS) and the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), the run sought to raise awareness on all types of bullying in the community. Starting at 7AM in the morning, the marathon saw participants running from the SPHS grounds to the Palapa Bar on northern Ambergris Caye and back. Registration fee was $5 per person, with prizes being awarded to top three finishers in four categories.
Members of the community gathered at SHPS from as early as 6:30AM to register for the race. Each person was given a number and placed in one of four categories. The categories included Junior Male, Junior Female, Senior Male and Senior Female, with the junior category being for persons between the ages of 12 to 16 and the senior category being for persons 17 and older.
Prior to the commencement of the race, marathon officials, SPHS teacher Paul Kelly and island athlete Kent “Bob” Gabourel addressed the crowd. After sharing the rules and regulations for the race everyone was asked to line up at the starting line. At the start signal everyone took off. While some sprinted for the lead, others simply walked the distance in a show of support. Recording the official scores of the race were Michelle Nuñez and Melissa Guerrero.
The race ended at the SPHS auditorium where the winners were announced immediately after. In the junior male category first place went to Jahson Wrigth who won $250 courtesy of Mahogany Bay Village, second place went to Ernest Arzu who won a snorkeling trip for two courtesy of Ramon’s Dive Shop, while third place went to Tyreke Arzu who won a $100 gift certificate to Blue Water Grill. Taking first place in the junior female category was Rebecca Barkhouse who won $250 courtesy of Mahogany Bay Village, while second place went to Britney Chan who won a sailing and snorkeling trip for two courtesy of Ramon’s Dive Shop and third place went to Eleida Coc, who won a $100 gift basket courtesy of Belize Chocolate Company.
In the senior division first place for the males went to Eric Donis, who won a Blue Hole trip for two courtesy of Ramon’s Dive Shop, while Liliana Nunez took first place for the females, winning a demo-cooking class with Chef Jennie Staines, valued at $500. Second and third place in the senior male category went to, respectively, Jonathan Andino who won a $150 gift certificate to Castillo’s Hardware, and Brayan Guardado who won a $100 gift certificate to LC Distributors. Josette Dahlin took second palce in the senior female division, taking home a sunset sailing for two certificate courtesy of Searious Adventures, while third place when to Elsa Portillo, who won a $110 gift certificate to Studio 93.
“This event received immense support from the community, and we would like to give a very special thanks to the San Pedro Town Council. In particular, we would like to thank Councilor Hector ‘Tito’ Alamilla, Shamir Guerrero, and also Chris Nuñez, from the San Pedro Traffic Department, all who helped with the logistics of planning and organizing the event. Equally important, we must thank all the businesses who donated prizes for all 12 winners of the marathon. Our generous sponsors were Ramon’s Village Divers, Elvi’s Kitchen and Mahogany Bay Villas, Searious Adventures, Castillo’s Hardware, Studio 93, Blue Water Grill, The Belize Chocolate Company and LC Distributors. Without the support and contributions of the above mentioned business establishments, we would not be able to award all of our winners. Special thanks must be given to Kent ‘Bob’ Gabourel who served as an official, along with two SPHS staff members, Paul Kelly and Yeseni Torres and two community members, Michelle Nunez (Miss San Pedro 2014-2015) and Melissa Guerrero in recording the official scores of the race. Last, but certainly not least, we must thank everyone who came out the day of the marathon to show their support for this serious issue that can affect children, young people, and even some adults. Namely, we want to thank the students and staff from SPHS who participated, and we also want to acknowledge the presence of the members of Crossfit- San Pedro who had the largest representation as an organization outside of the SPHS. We also had the participation of members from two other fitness communities, which were Cardio Dance, as well as W.O.D. Zone,” said event organizer, Alexis Guerrero.
Congratulations to all winners of the first ever Bullying Awareness 5k Marathon!
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