By Russ Ham
The La Paz malecón is a busy place for sporting events in the spring. Besides the NORCECA volleyball tourney, where five days of beach volleyball will be played on sand courts along the malecón beginning April 6th, there is a “Somos Runners” night-time run in February, and 5K and 10K running events and a Triathlon in March.
March 5 — La Carrera Atletica de la Mujer 5K and 10K
Hundreds of runners competing in four classes are expected to leave from the Parque Cuauhtémoc at 8:00 a.m. The route will go to Marquez de Leon, over to Mutualismo, down to 16 de Septiembre, then on Calle Revolución, 5 de Mayo, Belisario Domínguez, Independencia y Manuel Torre Iglesias, for a distance of 5 kilometers. The 10K event will run two laps. Prize money will be awarded, as much as 3,000 pesos for the winner of the premier class. The event is sponsored by INSUDE and the Instituto Sudcaliforniano de las Mujeres.
March 24 and 25 — The Asdeporte La Paz Triathlon
Up to 1200 triathletes will swim, bike, and run routes that cover the malecón, the bay in front of the city, and the road to Tecolote Beach. Swimming distances are 750 or 1500 km; Cycling distances are 20, 40, or 48 km; and running distances of 5K or 10K. These events are fun to watch — both for the beginnings of each leg, where the premier athletes show their stuff, and for the closing bell, and as the day ends and the last of the competitors complete the event, demonstrating that simply to finish is to be victorious.