Kenyan runners took the podium in the Mérida Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.
Geoffrey Kenisi Bundi won in the men’s division, clocking in at 1:04:40, while the women’s field was topped by Risper Biyaki Gesabwa at 1:19:21. (Full scores here, including for a 10K that followed.)
The run stretched from the Monumento a la Bandera to the Salvador Alvarado Stadium, attracting over 3,000 runners from 18 different countries.
First-, second- and third-place winners were awarded $20,000, $15,000 and $5,000 USD respectively.
After the race, the stadium hosted a music concert starring Ana Torroja and La Maldita Vecindad, a pioneering group celebrating its 30th anniversary with Mexican rock performed by legends Roco, Pato, Aldo Acuña and Sax.
During the concert, Ana Torroja congratulated the runners who were delighted with hits like “Cruz de Navajas,” “Maquillaje,” “Mujer Contra Mujer” and “Ya no te Quiero.”
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon has been organizing similar events at various cities – mainly in the U.S. — for 20 years. The next half marathon is in Savannah, Ga.
With information from Diario de Yucatán