For the fourth consecutive year
Las Terrenas 5K-10K took place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 for the fourth consecutive year starting at Punta Poppy Beach in Las Terrenas, Samaná surpassing all expectations with the presence of athletes from all corners of the Dominican Republic as well as runners from Austria, Mexico, USA, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Portugal and Canada among others.
The start of the competition was promptly at 8:00 AM on a gorgeous sunny day along the beautiful beaches of Las Terrenas, and it was held in a complete healthy and jovial atmosphere: a true sporting feast which included the attendance of around 300 children from ages five to fourteen who ran in their respective kids categories, each of them proudly taking home his or her participation medal.
We achieved our main objective of providing a high-level athletic event with excellent participation and organization. With the support of local and national businesses led by Cap El Limon Samana and Induveca, we accomplished an excellent new record attendance of 356 runners. We attained ourpurposes of providing a first-rate sporting feast in a positive environment as well as an alternative for our youth by promoting healthy mind, healthy body, commented Alma Arellano, Project Director of Las Terrenas Marathon.
Over eighty low-income adolescent runners from ages fifteen to eighteen from Las Terrenas and El Limón were sponsored by good-hearted individuals, local and national businesses so these youngsters could have the opportunity of participating in this kind of event as another option to delinquent behavior and involvement in unwholesome environments. One of these corporations is Cap El Limon Samana which is supporting and sponsoring a new athletic team from El Limon with the intention of placing the youth of the area at the forefront of national athletics events in the near future.
Las Terrenas 5K-10K not only contributes to the development of sports tourism and economic growth in Las Terrenas, El Limon and Samaná in general, but it also aims to providing our youth the opportunity of participating in activities offering positive alternatives. This year we experienced a 30% participation increase, and we expect to continue this trend in the upcoming years. With the continued support of the Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Tourism, the Dominican Federation of Athletic Associations and local and national businesses and authorities, our goal is to place Las Terrenas, El Limón and Samaná at the front of national and international athletic events in the Dominican Republic, commented Jesús Iturralde Llera, Organizational Director of Las Terrenas Marathon, the group responsible for this event.
Las Terrenas 5K-10K has the full endorsement of the Dominican Federation of Athletic Associations, FEDOMATLE, and it is an international athletic event officially certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, AIMS and by the International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF.
For further information about athletic events in Las Terrenas and Samaná, visit www.lasterrenas10k.com, www.facebook.com/lasterrenas10k, or call Las Terrenas Marathon at 809 240 6459.