Dedicated to earthquake victims
Large turnout for Santiago solidarity marathon
More than 20,000 participants ran through the streets of the Chilean capital in a new version of the traditional event. This year the sporting activity was dedicated to supporting the compatriots who suffered the consequences of the earthquake of 27 February 2010.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Category: Tourism - Sport
This was not just a sports festivity to commemorate Chile’s Bicentennial.
It also became another example of the solidarity of its inhabitants, which led
close to 22,000 runners to participate in a new version of the Santiago Marathon. This year the event was dedicated to
the disaster-stricken victims of this year’s mega-earthquake of 27 February.
In this way, the competitors became part of Chile’s history by taking part in the “largest
participatory sporting event in the history of the nation”, as highlighted by Álvaro
González, president of the Chilean Athletic Federation. But
this wasn’t the only record: the participants also formed the largest human flag in history, as a
symbol of the country’s unity in the face of the recent disaster.
At the starting point, the athletes, dressed in the red, white and blue of the
Chilean flag, were placed according to the three categories of the competition
(marathon, half-marathon and 10 kilometers), giving shape to the symbolic
expression of solidarity.
winner of the competition was Ethiopian athlete Alene Reta, who obtained
first place after completing the 42-kilometer run in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 33
seconds. He also established a record in the history of the meet, which last
year was won by Kenyan George Oguora.
best-placed Chilean was Francisco Méndez, who arrived in fifth place at
the finish line, located in front of La Moneda, the Chilean Presidential Palace.
The women’s trophy went to a local, Natalia Ramos, outperforming last
year’s winner, Erika Olivera, also Chilean, who on this occasion made
half-marathon was won by Chileans Víctor Aravena and Clara Morales in the male
and female categories, respectively. Finally, the 10-kilometer category, which
featured amateur long-distance runners, was won by Iván López and Jocelyn