“Belize Protectors” to be named for Baker to Vegas race

Posted: Monday, January 18th, 2016. 4:03 p.m. CST

running personBy Aaron Humes: This past Saturday, members of Belize’s uniformed services took to the George Price Highway, running from Mile 30 to 38 in a time trial to join the “Belize Protectors” team, which has been invited to participate in the annual Baker (California) to Las Vegas (Nevada) Race.

B2V, as it is known, takes place from March 19 to 20, covering 120 miles in extremes of temperatures across the southern U.S. desert, running from early afternoon into the night.

A relay team of 20 persons – 15 males, five females, will run six miles each. 5 alternates will also be named.

Of the 25 runners participating in Saturday’s trial, most completed the eight-mile run at or close to six minutes per mile; only two participants, both from the Customs and Excise Department, failed to finish.

Top finisher Elio Tzub of the Belize Defence Force set a blistering pace en route to a finish in 48 minutes, 4 seconds, but the Training Company member from San Jose, Toledo District, looked like he’d barely broken a sweat; he insisted he could be even better.

There are two females certainly headed to Vegas; both are both from the Belize Defence Force – three year veterans Rashida Augustine of the Special Boat Unit and Jerine Chun of Force Headquarters.

Three other females will be selected to join them along with the best finishers among the men, who hailed from the BDF, Coast Guard and Police Department, including a few notable players for the Police United football team.

According to Team Captain, BDF Commander Brigadier General David Jones, a Belizean-American known to the services extended the invitation. He says those who will make the final cut for B2V will undergo intense training in the next few weeks; broiling sun-hot to, hopefully, bitter cold.

But to get to Vegas the Protectors will need lots of money – at least a hundred thousand worth. Jones says they will get it from various Government benefactors including the Ministries of National Security and Sports.

This will be the first participation of any team from the Caribbean or Central America in this event, founded by two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department.

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2 Responses to “Belize Protectors” to be named for Baker to Vegas race

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    March 2, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Mr. Humes: Can you contact the Protectors team Captain and warn him,regarding their start time of 9am for the B2V race. Their 9am start time is for the very slow teams not, 6 minutes per mile runners. Belize recently posted a 19 hour finish time. I did not see any chubby power walkers on your news story to justify this estimate. The problem is this race course is not fully staffed to monitor the runners like say legs thru 9-20. Team Belize will outrun the course and be stopped by safety officers because the leg exchanges have not even been opened or staff by medical or communications..I recommend Team Belize adjust their estimate finish to 14:00 hours and run with the elites like LAPD and NYPD at 4pm.. I look forward to meeting your runners in Vegas..Albuquerque Coed Relay. Team # 44 Cornel Heitzman

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