Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon 2015
The 7th Half Marathon and 10K Riviera Nayarit 2015, approved by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS) was held on Saturday, November 21, 2015. There were 1,000 runners from five different countries (Brazil, USA, Canada, England and Mexico) and from 18 different states in Mexico.
The atmosphere at the exhibition was fraternal and filled with enthusiasm. As the runners came in, they took pictures right away and post them on Facebook. The runners were able to pick up their Bibs and beautifully designed T-Shirts promptly as they came in.
Runners began to reach the starting line around 5.30am and were welcomed by race director Arturo Garcia; followed by the national anthem sung by the Navy’s marching band.
Both 10K runners and Half Marathon runners ran the same course for approximately 6 miles. The race ran through the Avenues of development in Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos Golf and El Tigre. Sports drinks and water were provided every 1.25 miles to make sure the runners were properly hydrated. It was a cloudy day but with very comfortable temperature.
All the participants received a handmade wood trophy handcrafted by the Huicholes . Both the quality and the originality of the trophies were liked by the runners.
The feedback of the race was very positive regarding the organization, the route and atmosphere. Some runners are interested in returning and invite friends and family to such a nice race.
During their time in Riviera Nayarit, runners participated in tours like:
- The Marietas Islands tour. The Marietas Islands are small volcanic islands that provide the perfect setting for a fun eco adventure full of adrenaline touches where you can experience wildlife above and below the water. When the runners arrived at the Islands they had the opportunity to snorkel and visit Playa Escondida, the Nopalera, and other amazing caves. They also enjoyed time at the Escondida Beach and other beaches in the area where they did some bird and marine life watching (manta rays, dolphins,jellyfish, and an infinite variety of other colorful fishes and more)
- Sayulita tour. Sayulita is a growing prosperous town of about 4,000 residents. It offers a variety of activities including horseback riding, hiking, jungle canopy tours, snorkeling and fishing. Sayulita is also a mecca for surfing of all ages. This picturesque town boasts numerous art galleries and restaurants.
- Bucerias tour: Bucerias is a small town where its people are known for being simple, sincere and friendly. They make sure their beaches are safe and clean. The beaches here are known for their gentle surf, soft textured sand, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The downtown area is composed of a Catholic Church, tourist shops, markets and parks. Buceria’s gastronomic delight includes all kinds of seafood, ceviches, lobsters, etc.
After the race, some runners went with their family to the town of Puerto Vallarta which is 30 minutes from Riviera Nayarit and is known for its rich tourist tradition, exhibitions, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
The 7th Half Marathon and 10K Riviera Nayarit 2015 was a great success!!!