Belize participates in Olympic Day run

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Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2017. 10:00 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: This morning, members of the Belize Olympic Association gathered in front of Brodies on Regent Street, Belize city,  for the annual Olympic Day Run.

The event gathered around 250 participants from various disciplines including volley ball, soft ball and athletics, for a non competitive run in celebration of the Olympic movement.

Runners were grouped into four divisions: infants, juniors, masters, and open. The infant category, ages 9 and under, did a single lap, measuring 0.53 miles. The juniors did one lap measuring 1.3 miles,  while the masters and open did two laps for a total of 2.6 miles.

Geovanni Alamilla, assistant secretary general of the Belize Olympic Committee, explained that the committee gives out medals and certificates of participation to runners, even though the event is not promoted as a competitive one, to motivate young athletes to come out.

“Events like this is where the Olympic Association and the Triathlon Association notice potential athletes,” Alamillia said. “When you see them at these ages, nine or ten years old you think ‘This person has some potential, lets see if we can get them in some type of formal training.'”

The race is funded by the International Olympic Committee.

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One Response to Belize participates in Olympic Day run

  1. Tony Gillings Reply

    June 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Olympic Day is about encouraging people to get into sports, not about getting athletes out for a run. Fact is, this event was poorly advertised resulting in only people already into sports (Athletics) being made aware of it. It is self-evident that athletics is the only sport that the Belize Olympic Committee seems to consider worthwhile – neither sailing or rugby were mentioned by their spokesman even though both sports participated in this event in numbers.
    The BOC has got to do more to promote ALL Olympic Sports across Belize, not just be directed by the BAA, especially when it comes to events like this which are funded by the IOC for ALL Olympic Sports.

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