The End of the World Marathon is a 26.2 mile marathon that is held every year on the Placencia Peninsula.

The first marathon was held in December 2012 to commemorate the end of the 13th Baktun in the Maya Long Count Calendar which was a significant time to the Maya people since it was the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.

Because many people thought that the world would end on that day (December 21th 2012) and it didn’t, the organizers of the marathon decided to retain the name “The End of the World Marathon” in honor of the distinguished writer Aldous Huxley who wrote in 1934, “If the world had any ends, British Honduras (now Belize) would certainly be one of them.”

The End of the World Marathon is now held every year since 2012 and this year, the competition is scheduled for December 7, 2014 and will begin at the football field at the bottom of the Placencia Peninsula in Placencia Village and will pass through Seine Bight Village and Maya Beach, then return and end in Placencia Village.

This beautiful event includes options for a marathon, half marathon and fun run for children.

The race offers an unparalleled and extraordinary view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea to the participants who will be running along this gorgeous Peninsula in southern Belize.

According to the official website of the marathon, all runners who complete the race will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal and over $10,000 in awards and prizes will be given to the top three males and females in the Marathon and Half Marathon.

Accolades will also be given to the top three males and females in the following age categories: under 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over.

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Larry Waight