End of the World Marathon and Half Marathon
On December 9, 2018, at precisely 5:30 AM, Placencia Village will host its annual End of the World Marathon. Originally conceived of in 2012 as a half-joking tribute to the supposed prediction by the ancient Maya calendar that the world would “end” on December 21 of that year, the End of the World Marathon has now become one of the most popular sporting events of the year in Placencia.
After the world failed to come to an end as predicted in 2012, the organizers of the marathon decided to keep the name in tribute to Aldous Huxley, the famous British author, who once remarked that “if the world has any ends, [Belize] would certainly be one of them.”
Participating runners can choose to run either a full or half marathon. The full 26.2-mile marathon will begin in Placencia Village and continue north up the peninsula to a spot near Riversdale before looping back to the starting point. Half marathon runners will join the race near Riversdale to complete the 13.1-mile course back to Placencia Village.
Water stations will be placed approximately every mile along the course, which is completely flat and passes through all of the villages on the peninsula. A two-mile fun run will also be held in Placencia at 9:30 AM followed by a post-race party at noon. All proceeds will go towards scholarships for Placencia youth to attend high school.
Runners interested in participating in either the full or half End of the World Marathon must register before October 15, 2018. The price for running the full marathon is $100 USD while the half marathon price is $80. A pasta dinner will be held at the Turtle Inn at 6:00 PM the night before the marathon at a separate cost of $15 USD.
The Placencia Peninsula is rapidly becoming one of the top visitor destinations in the country due to its lovely golden sand beaches and close access to some of the top diving and snorkeling sites on the reef. In the past month, Aeromexico, WestJet, COPA Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines have all announced new flights to Belize, making enjoying a beach vacation in Placencia easier and more affordable than ever.
The Placencia Peninsula is located in southeastern Belize about a three-hour drive from the international airport. It is often called the “island you can drive to” because of its stunning scenery, lush nature, and laid-back Caribbean culture.
The luxury resort of Chabil Mar located on the Placencia Peninsula is just a few minutes’ walk from the starting/finish line of the race and it offers spacious villas on a private ground that features a luxuriant tropical garden, infinity swimming pool, and a beachfront bar and restaurant.
Chabil Mar is also a proud sponsor of the End of the World Marathon and has available an assortment of unique Belize vacation packages so that attendees can enjoy all of the thrilling action in Belize.