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304 Ran Fourth Edition of Ruta de la Paz

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Written by Marisol
WAYRA Instituto de Español

• Over US$ 38,000 were raised for educational alliance APEGUA.
• The distances of the race were 5 and 10 km.

On May 3, some 304 runners participated in Ruta La Paz, Playa Flamingo, event that, this year, celebrated its fourth edition of the annual race of 5 and 10 kilometers.

This time, the race was organized by Global Group SportX and 70 community volunteers, who with their effort and will power made this sporting event a success. The race took place with a very early start in the morning in the beautiful towns of Flamingo and Potrero.

As explained by Geovanni Cano, one of the organizers, “thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, donors, and participants of the race, we managed to raise US$ 26,000; this amount will be divided between the four associations that make up the Alliance for Progressive Education in Guanacaste (APEGUA).”

The activities began on Friday, May 2 at Plaza Flamingo, where the attendees enjoyed live music. The after-party was held at the Club de Mar Vista, where the award ceremony for the different categories took place.

The winners of the Men’s 10k were:

Yasser Reyes Sánchez, 27 years old, official time: 32:05
Gerardo Juventil Robles, 45 years old, official time: 34:12
César Luis Miravete, 37 years old, official time: 35:34

In Female’s 10k, the winners were:

Gisela Muñoz Gutiérrez, 34 years old, official time: 42:25
Geysell Mejía Sequeira, 36 years old, official time: 44:02
Verónica Bolandi Rojas, 24 years old, official time: 44:29

The Men’s 5k winner was:

Kerry Classen, 41 years old, official time: 18:43

The Women’s 5k winner was:

Adriana Barboza Vásquez, 29 years old, official time: 21:26.

“The alliance APEGUA would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and race participants for making this fourth edition of Ruta de la Paz a great success. The fifth edition of the race will be held in May 2015,” according to what organizers said in a press release.

APEGUA Alliance is a collaborative effort by Abriendo Mentes, Amigos de la Educación, CEPIA, and La Paz Community School, other nonprofit organizations. The mission of APEGUA’s members focuses on supporting at-risk populations to improve education in Guanacaste, through social work, free Computer and English classes, extracurricular activities for children and teenagers, scholarships, and, generally , on ensuring the development of children and adolescents in the at-risk population.

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