Veteran Belizean distance runner Anthony Flores, 53, a.k.a. “Ladies,” says he placed third in his age category at last year’s Placencia Half-Marathon, behind a first place American and a second place Nigerian. It’s an annual international event in connection with the tourist industry down south in Placencia, and “Ladies” says athletes are treated “special” with the best accommodation, food and refreshment, making this race very appealing to participants. But Anthony “Ladies” Flores is a serious runner, not just going for a holiday. He says he recently won his third annual BDF half-marathon in a row, a race he has dominated ever since the passing of his nemesis, the late William Bailey of Ladyville.
Flores says he runs because he enjoys it and also because it keeps him healthy. “I have no problem with sugar or pressure,” he maintains, and advises others to take up running for fun and fitness.
Registration for both the Placencia Marathon and Half-Marathon races scheduled for Sunday, December 8, is $100.00, according to Flores, and he is seeking sponsorship to make his participation possible.