Although the afternoon and evening of Saturday, June 29th was cold and rainy, the weather did not deter more than 400 athletes from racing through the streets of Nicoya,in the first edition of the Carrera Colonial (Colonial Race).
The constant sound of the athletes splashing through the water on the road began at 4 p.m. with the starting point next to Recaredo Briceño park. For this competition, 400 entries were allowed; however, during the day of the event the organizers received the enrollment of 125 more runners, according to Erick Morera, a member of the Nicoya Sports Committee.
The athletes competed in the categories of Elder, Juvenile, Master A and B, and ran two distances. The first distance option was a 5km recreational run that took place in the downtown area in the Guadalupe, La Virginia, Los Angeles and San Martin neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, the more experienced runners took on 5 more kilometers, running part of the road that goes to Sabana Grande and returning to the finishline in Recaredo Briceño park. The Voice asked participants their impressions of the race.
Berny Rosales, age 28 from Nicoya, said “I felt it was excellent for it being my first race. I ran the 5km, I trained a week before and it felt good.” He added, “It is a good way to encourage athletics. It is useful to me to practice and not be so sedentary.”
Meanwhile, Alejandro Garita, age 18, traveled from Heredia to participate in the race and said, “It was rather hard, with the moisture at the beginning, I couldn’t breath very well, but later on you accommodate better.” He concluded, “This type of activity is nice because this way you take a trip, get to know the place and compete.”
FIRST PLACE WINNERS BY CATEGORY 10 km:
General Women: Jennifer Moscoso – 42:07
General Men: David Madriz – 35:54
Junior Women: Maria Susana Zúñiga – 50:31
Junior Men: Robin Aguilar – 38:12
Veteran Women: Mauren Navarro – 54:18
Veteran Men: Ronen Segura – 37:09
All of them were winners of a prize of 30.000 colones and the second and third place in each category were winners of a prize of 20.000 and 10.000 colones respectively.
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