BELIZE CITY, Mon. Apr. 13, 2015–The Bob Lightburn Holy Saturday Half-Marathon, named after the legendary marathon champion of the 1960’s, started off from BTL Park just a few minutes after the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic on the morning of April 4; but on Holy Saturday, everything is Cross Country, so not many fans were around to witness the finish of the foot race, which saw some notable veterans as well as some promising young runners, both male and female, completing the grueling 13.1 mile journey. The man himself, Bob Lightburn, appearing not a pound over his running weight, was on hand to say a few words to the runners before the start, and to present the trophies and medals after the race.
A private group, led by Ian Gray and including Darwin Rhaburn and others, organized the race, which was traditionally conducted under the auspices of the Amateur Athletic Association. According to Gray, assistance was also received through the efforts of Belize Olympian Collin Thurton in the U.S.
Only the top 3 finishers, male and female, for the overall race were available, so we delayed our report until the official results by age group were received over the weekend. Below are the top finishers for the Open race, and by age group.
MALE OPEN – 1st Albert Davis (1:22:52); 2nd Juan Bulum (1:22:58); 3rd Darwin Rhaburn (1:28:42).
FEMALE OPEN – 1st Vashtey Alarcon (1:51:30); 2nd Ashontie Carr (1:55:50); 3rd Lisa Young (2:03:02).
Age Group Winners
Under 19 Male – 1st William Choc (only entry).
Under 19 Female – 1st Ashontie Carr (only entry).
19-29 Male – 1st Albert Davis; 2nd Juan Bulum; 3rd Jamaal Galvez.
19-29 Female – 1st Vashtey Alarcon; 2nd Lisa Young; 3rd Sylvia Jacinto.
30-39 Male – 1st Darwin Rhaburn; 2nd Nerry Waight. (2 entries only)
40-49 Male – 1st Joseph Carr; 2nd Luis Haulze; 3rd Derrick Castillo.
50-59 Male – 1st Alfred Garnett; 2nd Anthony Flores; 3rd Fernando Galvez.
50-59 Female – 1st Egzine Richardson (only entry).
60 & Over Male – 1st Gilbert Sebastian Nunez (only entry).
While the Bob Lightburn Half-Marathon runners were on the journey to Mile 5 on the George Price Highway, a 2 Mile race took off from BTL Park, and this was won by a new face on the running scene, Frederick Usher.
Notably missing on Holy Saturday was reigning half-marathon champion Leon O’Brien who was reportedly ill.