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Westrac Slick Runners’ Irene Thiessen wins Women’s Run for Jaguars 5-K race in aid of The Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center

Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2023. 6:22 pm CST.

Westrac Slick Runners’ Irene Thiessen receives 1st place trophy – Photo Credit: Ivan Remier

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Irene Thiessen of the Westrac Slick Runners won the Run for Jaguars 5-kilometre race in aid of The Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center on Sunday in 23 minutes, 7.5 seconds (23:07.5)

The race, organized by Roxana Lemus and The Belize Zoo and sponsored by Travellers Liquors Ltd., started at the Belize Zoo, took to the George Price Highway and the Coastal Road and returned via the same route to the Belize  Zoo.

Second place in the women’s category was Larissa Saarel from Montana, USA. Saarel clocked 23:39.1.

Rossy Guardado finished in third position, running for Splash, in 24:08.0

Irene Thiessen of the Westrac Slick Runners (1st), Victor Caliz of Trailblazer – Team Mira (2nd) and Edgar Alvarez of Juiciness (3rd) – (Photo Credit: Ivan Reimer) 

Lliani Ordonez of Heart & Sole took fourth in 24:17.2.

Organizer Roxana Lemus of the Westrac Slick Runners ran in fifth in 25:18.8.

Organizer Roxana Lemus of the Westrac Slick Runners – (Photo Credit: Ivan Reimer)

Marleni Sosa captured sixth place in 25:30.2 running for Trailblazer – Team Mira.

Seventh place was taken by Mirtha Welch of Splash.in 26:12.0.

Eighth place was won by Solange Magandid in 28:11.3.

Chickie Espat took ninth in 28:59.4 running for the Hill Treaders.

Sandy Pérez closed off the top ten in 29:22.8 running for Heart & Sole.

Zookeeper and avid runner Roxana Lemus organized the race to bring attention to the jaguars, as we approach International Jaguar Day on November 29. According to the race promotion, the jaguars face increasing threats to their survival and the conservation efforts ensuring their survival from Mexico to Argentina are of utmost importance.

 

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