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Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2021. 5:56 pm CST.

By Ruben Morales Iglesias, Placencia: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way,’ says the proverb and with Covid-19 restrictions, virtual runs became the order of the day all over the world. Here in Belize, the Placencia Splash Running Club organizes a monthly run which in February was claimed by Luis August.

The runners run throughout the month at home registering their time and distance on their health apps which are connected virtually with the organizing Placencia club. In effect, it’s a month-long virtual long-distance run.

August, based in San Ignacio and Santa Elena, ran 642.68 kms (399.34 miles) to win the run.

Amir Castilla, who normally runs on a football field as a referee, tried keeping up with his training requirements and finished second in the month-long run totaling 431.3 kms (268 miles) in Orange Walk, while all the way in Cancun, Mexico, Emisael Favela ran 387.4 kms (240.72 miles) for third place.

Amir Castilla

Emisael Favela

In Orange Walk like Castilla, Brandon Adolphus covered 324 kms (201.32 miles) for fourth place while Andy Albeño finished the month in the fifth position with 222 kms (137.94 miles).

The U-19 category was dominated by Kamerone Sainsbury who ran a total of 142.9 kms (88.79 miles). Arniel Garoy was second running with 83 kms (52.2 miles), while Ruben Gentle was next in line in third position tracking 62.7 kms (38.96 miles).

In total, 35 men covered 4,574.95 kms (2842.74 miles) during February.

The next event in the 2021 running calendar is the National Heroes Virtual 10K Run from March 6 to 8, 2021 hosted by FitLife 501 and the Orange Walk District Sports Council.

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