Eco-Friendly Marathon...another success event on Seychelles Tourism Board’s calendar by STB
It is one of the biggest participation events in the Seychelles sporting calendar. The 2013 Eco-Friendly Marathon featured in excess of 1,066 runners as they run or walk the 5.5 km, 42 km, 10 km, and 42 km in different categories – junior, senior, master, under -12, under-18, over-50 and over-60. Altogether there were 585 male runners and 481 females.
Taking to the streets of Beau Vallon, Mount Simpson (Bel Ombre), back to Beau Vallon and headed to Victoria, via Glacis, Anse Etoile, English River, 5th June Avenue, then via English River, Anse Etoile, Glacis and back to Beau Vallon the competitors won the race in the true spirit of the event.
The Eco-Friendly Marathon is the most exciting running event in the calendar year, attracting a large group of runners and competitors on the national and international levels from different part of the islands and abroad.
New this year was the relay marathon and team Scorpion from the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces were the grand winners in the men’s group, while the Anse Royale secondary school was the women’s winners. Nonetheless, it was a great achievement for the men and women relay team from the Seychelles Tourism Board. As for the ladies they came in second, while the men were third place winners.
The Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon came to an end with a traditional South Korean gala dinner at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay. It has become a celebrated event for the winners of the different categories to receive their prizes.
Attending the gala were the chairman of the Seychelles Tourism Board Mr Barry Faure, Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean Paul Adam, Principal Secretary for Community Development and Sports Denis Rose, Seychelles Honorary Consul in South Korea Dong Chang Jeong, as well as athletes and representatives and sponsors.
In his address Mr Faure offered his gratitude to the efforts of the organisers, especially Mr Jeong and his assistant, Ms Julie Kim. He also stated that the event demonstrates the friendship and cooperation that exist between Seychelles and South Korea. “Such activity not only advocates the wisdom of adopting a healthy lifestyle which comes to us islanders, perhaps more naturally than most, but it is also a chance to meet athletes from all over the world who share similar passion,’’ said Mr Faure. On the same note, on behalf of the Government of Seychelles, Mr Denis Rose expressed his gratitude to Mr Jeong for his continuous support and for bringing this wonderful event to Seychelles.