Foreigners lead 89th annual cross country

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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017. 10:30 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The 89th edition of the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is underway on the George Price Highway.

Official ceremonies were held this morning at the BTL park, followed by a lead-out to the traditional starting point at Mile 2 on the George Price Highway, still referred to as the old George August meat shop.

This year, the event saw some 90 plus cyclists participating including about 20 foreigners competing for the garland.

Guatemalan defending champ, Alejandro Padilla and past two time champ Chris Harkey as well as cyclists from Quintana Roo and Yucatan are racing for the garland.

The cyclists went into San Ignacio town where they made a turn around the Columbus Park in front of the police station and then returning to Belize City, ending at the BTL park.

Three foreigners are leading at this time, namely Bill Eliston, Chris Harkey and Rudy Rincon, as the group passes Democracia.

The first place winner for the classic will walk away with $6000 cash and five trophies including the  Elston Kerr trophy donated by Jex Trophies,  Jeffrey O’brian Trophy donated by the friends and family of Jeffrey O’brian, then there is the Altridge Smith Trophy and a few others.

If the race is won by a Belizean, an incentive prize is given to the winner: $6000 plus $2000 donated by Steve Benedict Auto Sales in New York.

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