‘GREEN’ TALK: Arima
Member of Parliament Rodger Samuel, left,
chats with 2012 overall
ladies champion Wendy Charlerie, centre, and
Susana Joefield, the ladies 55 & over winner at
the launch of the
National Quarries Arima Green Mountain Marathon on Tuesday in Arima.
—Photo: Anisto Alves
Arima launches tough Mountain Marathon
Ian Prescott email@example.com
The National Quarries Arima Green Mountain Marathon is a marathon with a difference.
The road event actually encompasses two running events, a full 26.2 mile marathon from Blanchisseuse to Arima starting from 6 a.m. and a five-kilometre road race from Lalaja to Arima, beginning at 6.30 a.m. The event takes place on September 24 - the Republic Day holiday.
The actual marathon begins at Mariam Bridge, Blanchisseuse, then heads uphill to Morne La Croix. There are uphill stages and downhill dips before the course heads back uphill. Finally, after 26.2 miles of running through lush countryside, the first runners head downhill into the Arima borough, finishing at No.3 Robinson Circular Road, formerly BK Hardware. Expect runners to be tired by then.
The event was launched on Tuesday at the constituency office of Rodger Samuel, Arima member of Parliament and Minister in the Officer of the Prime Minister.
Also present at the launch was Wilma Owen, corporate secretary of National Quarries Limited and Ramnarine Sant, managing director of Limestone Quarries Limited. The two companies are supporting the event which run through the region in which they operate.
“Out of Arima comes a marathon like no other,” Samuel boasts. “We are aiming that the Arima Green Mountain Marathon becomes not just the toughest marathon, but the best marathon in the country.”
In formulating the event three years ago, the Arima MP said the plan was to stage a race that encompasses much of Arima and environs.
“The Arima constituency reaches as far as La Fillette on the North Coast and also encompassing Blanchisseuse and other areas,” said Samuel, who added that what makes this marathon different is the level of difficulty.
“The good thing about it (Arima marathon) is that it is a challenge,’’ Samuel said. “It is a greater challenge to conquer the hills.”
Last year, 124 registered runners took part, including the final finisher who took some 10 hours to conquer the terrain.
This year’s competition will be held in five categories between ages 15 to 55 & over, while there will be six cash prizes, as well as medal for all competitors.
Among those defending their title will be Wendy Charlerie, the 2012 overall ladies champion and 61 year-old Susana Joefield, who won in the veteran ladies category. Given the difficulty of the course, Charlerie begged the organisers for a prompt start, while Joefield spoke of the beautiful scenery runners will traverse over the course of the event.
This year, bus transport will be provided from both City Gate and Arima, taking runners both to and from the race venue.
Arima MP’s office, 3 Robinson Circular Road.
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Congress of the People Centre, Charlieville.
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Flagship Houses, 2 Broome Street, Woodbrook.
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Congress of the People office, 9-11 Penco Street, San Fernando. Contact Gerald (657-4780)