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Levi Lillienthal, Mary Schlimmer win Chiquibul Challenge half-marathon

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Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021. 3:16 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Levi Lillienthal, Mary Schlimmer won the virtual Chiquibul Challenge half-marathon which was run from March 20 to March 31. While runners could have done the race anytime and anywhere during those 12 days, the organizers dedicated one day for the runners to do the half marathon on the San Antonio Road from Hode’s to Pacbitun in Cayo and quite a number of runners took them up on the offer.

Fifty-six participated, 32 men and 24 women.

In the men’s category, Lilienthal covered the 21.1 kilometres in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 46 second.

Schlimmer won the women’s run in 1:53:05.

The Chiquibul Challenge Marathon is an annual fundraiser event in support of the wildlife and conservation work by BWRC and Friends for Conservation and Development and in effect includes a half marathon race as well. (See full results at totaltimebz.com)

Though it is usually run at Las Cuevas Research Station in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, this year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it had to be done virtually spread out through a period of 12 days.

Irene Thiessen was second in the women’s category clocking 1:56:14, three minutes and nine seconds behind Schlimmer. Lucelly Ramos finished third in 2:06:26. She was followed in 4th by Roxana Lemus (2:06:53) and in 5th by Kathleen Azueta-Cho (2:11:28).

In the men’s category, Vladimir Gonzalez took the second position in 1:23:51. Victor Figueroa was 3rd in 1:34:44, followed by Victor Rauda (1:36:19) in 4th and Rafael August Jr. (1:39:55) in 5th.

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