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Nov 2, 2018

Come Out to the Joseph Carr Road Race

PROTO Foundation is putting off its first monthly road race for track and field athletes this Sunday in an effort to promote the discipline of athletics. The event is calling on all persons eight years and older with talent in the sport to come out at seven a.m. and sign up—mostly for free. The event will include five different categories from a two kilometre run along marine parade to a half marathon run which translates to twenty kilometres. It’s an initiative being undertaken to develop the sport in Belize, after having secured athletics scholarships at UWI in Jamaica for three female track and field athletes. Founder Mark Usher says the race this time around is being named after famed track and field athlete, Joseph Carr.

 

Mark Usher

Mark Usher, Founder, PROTO

“We have decided that there are two areas; you need to do development and showcasing. On Sunday, we are starting off with a series of monthly road races. We are going to have a half marathon for senior runners, two-K for the small under thirteen kids; we are going to have five-Ks for under eighteen and under fifteen and we are going to have a ten-K for under twenty kids. These are to the categories as per athletic standards. So that is the big event on Sunday. We chose to call it the Joseph Carr Road Race because we all know that Joseph was this great marathon runner. And the next reason is because PROTO has successfully along with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders, we have successfully gotten into University of Technology, three young athletes; two of them are Joseph Carr’s twin daughters. So we said let’s honour him. Going into the next month’s race, we will probably honour a different past athlete. The idea is to let the young athletes know that we have a rich history when it comes to athletics and track and field. We have a lot of gems all over this country—in the villages and the cayes. What we need to do is discover them and then we train and nurture them. And not all of them will become professional or top athletes, but developing them through sports will give them discipline, perseverance, determination, hard work and all the faucets you’ll need to successfully get your education.”

 

The race kicks off at seven a.m. at the Digi Park on Newtown Barracks.

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