Kent ÂBobÂ Gabourel, San Pedro TownÂs local celebrity and athlete, has taken the second place in the End of the World Marathon. Â On December 8th, runners from many nations met on the Placencia Peninsula to compete for a place on the podium. Â San Pedro was well represented with six athletes, and local star Gabourel didnÂt fail to do well.
The End of the World Marathon was created in 2012 to celebrate the end of the Mayan Calendar on December 21st, 2012. Â The date has been referred to as the ÂEnd of the WorldÂ for many years, and has been particularly significant in Belize because Mayas have lived in the nation for thousand of years. Â While the full marathon is 26.2 miles, a half marathon of 13.1 miles was also included. Â After being a success last year, the marathon was resurrected for a second year in 2013, with many athletes taking the opportunity to participate in this challenging race. Â Two of San PedroÂs stars, Kent Gabourel and Brayan Guardado participated, with 16-year-old Guardado coming in ninth place for the half marathon.
Joining Gabourel and Guardado were a number of other residents from San Pedro who competed alongside hundreds of others. Â Jonathan Andino, Roger Rivera, Jordan Santos and Jason Estrada, all students of San Pedro Roman Catholic School all ran the race alongside the other competitors. Â For the womenÂs half marathon, MexicoÂs Tania Gonzalez took it with a time of 1:40:16. Â Saskatchewan, CanadaÂs Andrew Kuntz came in second place with 1:42:49, with the final position of third going to BelizeÂs Cassie Dial with 1:51:00. Â Meanwhile, the first three runners of the menÂs half marathon division went to Andy Gonzalez from Mexico, Belize CityÂs Leon OÂBrien and GuatemalaÂs Carlos Corzo with times of 1:15:09, 1:16:54, and 1:19:55, for first, second and third respectively.
Meanwhile, for the full marathon, MexicoÂs Vladamir Gonzalez managed to edge ahead of Gabourel to take the trophy with a winning time of 3:00:07. Â Gabourel came in 25 minutes later at 3:25:35, and USA resident Stephen Hinns gained third position with 3:30:41.
The marathon was, once again, a huge success, with Belize noting a particularly good time with so many competitors.Â Gabourel took second place, the young men from San Pedro Roman Catholic School also did extremely well on an international stage.