FIVE THOUSAND RUNNERS MAKE THIRD JOSE SULAIMAN RACE AN OUTSTANDING TRIUMPH
As the big hand reached twelve on the clock, and the other hand alighted on the seven to make it 7am precisely, another set of powerful hands belonging to Roberto “Manos De Piedra” Duran clanged the bell to start the third Jose Sulaiman Race, with a sea of runners of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes yet totally united in joyous enthusiasm, they all sped down Avenida Reforma in the heart of Mexico City, in the 6kms or the even more ambitions 12 kms course of the third Jose Sulaiman Race.
One great bonus was runners, joggers and fans, running alongside an array of boxing champions numbering more than one hundred. And two sets of Champions were battling in their own special contest to raise funds for stricken bóxer Prichard Colon, who’s still in coma. WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas won the 12kms challenge against WBC super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras. So “El Principe,” pays five thousand pesos to the Prichard fund. Over 6kms, Ibeth “Roca” Zamora, who’s the WBC’s light flyweight champion, crossed the finishing line in front of WBC flyweight champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez. Roca was wiping her steamed up glasses and grinning in the cold morning chill. So Kika donates five grand to help Prichard. Yet more money raised will go towards helping the retired boxers who’ve fallen on hard times fund.
Race Organizer Jose Manzur was delighted with the tremendous turnout. He said: “It was a great race. All the people were very happy and a lot of boxers ran with us. This is truly excellent. Funds are being raised for Prichard Colon, who’s in a very difficult situation. We’re now going to sit down and add up the numbers and let’s see how much we can raise for him. Francisco Vargas won, so Carlos Cuadras has to pay five thousand pesos. Carlitos va pagar! And The Roca won, so Kika has to pay five thousand pesos.
Ahead of all of them was “Speedy” Edgar David Cadena Martínez, who clocked a swift twenty two minutes for 12kms. He came third in 2013, And is vowing to return next year and come first again! Edgar said the second placed runner was hot on his heels, only a few meters back, praising a competitve field which made the race all the more enjoyable.
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman said: “Five thousand runners have been taking part today, which is marvelous! It is such a memorable day. We are raising funds for Prichard Colon. Prichard is going to get well, and be up and running. He’s been out of action for a while, and his family are going to need some funds. And money is also being raised for the Retired Boxers Fund. We are thrilled, as the organization is tremendous. Mexico’s City’s Sports Minister Horacio De La Vega has been absolutely wonderful, Deportes Marti, Emocion Deportiva and the WBC- it’s one beautiful team. Many sponsors and many runners!
“Also, very exciting about the challenges between Bandido and Principe as well as Roca Vs Kika, but…I’ve see Kika here eating some chilaquiles?”
Roberto Duran said he was very proud to be ringing the bell to start the race, and enjoyed a cup of coffee saying Mexico is just a touch colder than Panama City. He described the race as an inspiration of the late great Jose Sulaiman and was very impressed by the large numbers of participants.