KLM Marathon delivers a fun Sunday morning

I try to walk every morning and judging by yesterday’s KLM Marathon results, I am supposed to get through my routine 5k in 20 minutes instead of 55, but in a discussion we had while walking we thought that we derive most benefits from walking, just getting out of bed and placing one foot in front of the other. Speeding it up is an option, a good option, but the main benefit comes from “Just Do It,” kick-starting our engines with modest exercise.

Patrichi Sports published the results, based on chipped participants, on its FB page. And on the KLM Marathon website. www.klmarubamarathon.com.

96 Marathon runners. I am impressed. The fastest, Jesus Galea, demolished the distance in just 2:50:28.

245 Half-Marathon runners. The fasted, Jonathan Busby, burned through the distance in 1:25:16

487 10K walkers. The fastest, James Rick, skimmed the distance in 34:53

And the ‘walk in the park’ 5K, with 1,095 participants was won by Jethro St Fleur in 18:22.

I sauntered leisurely, and came in at number #470, not last, after 1:43:29, enjoying the day, the route, the water stops, and the company!

The after-party on the beachfront of the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino was fueled by some Chill & Balashi apple juice and a great band, NFUZION, followed by a picturesque award ceremony against a gorgeous KLM blue backdrop.

I noticed winner Lana Govert who finished her 42.195 kilometers, in 3:03:00, that is super-fast, she finished third overall.   

The winner of the 10K among females was an elf, Yuli Tineo, a gorgeous 13-year-old who conquered the distance in just 0:41. Running is her passion, I heard, and she has been practicing since the age of four!

Thanks you: KLM Aruba Marathon & the Aruba Tourism Authority for a great production.

This is the first of three planned, as the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino signed a three-year agreement with Run in the Sun foundation, in charge of the organization. The run is listed on the World’s Marathon Calendar, according Kees van Muiswinkel, Chairman & Founder of Run in the Sun Foundation/ KLM Aruba Marathon, and attracted a decent number of international guests, as well as tourists, who just joined on the spur of the moment.

We were rewarded with a nice, expensive-looking medal, and bananas. The only lacking feature? Trashcans for our banana peels, which ended up heaped on a sign outside he watersports facility, on benches and chairs.

Brown Law prepared an entertaining water station with motivational messages and water in cups, not bottles, and I appreciated the diligent agents of TOTAL SERVICES walking counter-traffic to pick up all plastic left behind, and the IBiSA volunteers who kept us safe on the road and at intersections

Lucky: The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino beachfront award ceremony granted two round tickets to Amsterdam to a lucky winner.

Save the date for next year’s event!
Partners, sponsors and volunteers:
KLM Aruba Marathon was made possible by various sponsors, partners and volunteers: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A) Cavalier logistics, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, Chill by Balashi, IBiSA, the Aruba Athletics Federation, Hertz, Venequip Aruba, Little Switzerland, Kooyman, High Performance, Adidas, Digicel, Superfood, The Red Cross, Imsan, KPA and the Harley Davidson volunteers.

For more information, please contact them via [email protected]

ESPN run will cover the race in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Perú, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá, Costa Rica, México, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, Guyana Francesa, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and República Dominicana. Audience: 20.000.000.

Most importantly, 2 Marathon influencers and journalists from Brazil covered the Race. And me.


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June 03, 2019
Rona Coster