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Sold out: Registration for San Blas Half Marathon closes early

The record 2,100 runners registered for this Sunday’s 62nd edition of the San Blas Half Marathon eclipses the 1,613 athletes who entered last year’s race.

By The Star Staff

San Blas Half Marathon President Einar Ramos López announced on Wednesday the early closing of registrations, with a record 2,100 runners, for the 62nd edition of the event this Sunday, March 3 in Coamo.

“It is with great satisfaction and emotion that we announce to the country that we have reached 2,100 registered for this year,” Ramos López said in a written statement. “This is the highest number in the 62 years of the event’s existence. In 2023, we made history with 1,613 athletes, this year 2024 we have made the determination to close the registration process at 2,100 so as not to alter the logistics, resources and planning that we put into action for the race.”

The director of the Delta Phi Delta Fraternity thanked the Puerto Rican runners, teams, running clubs, media and sponsors for this year’s success.

“Based on previous events, for this edition we prepared extensive logistics for 2,100 athletes,” Ramos López said. “There is no doubt that the 2025 edition will have greater parameters of athletic participation. The San Blas Half Marathon is today established as The Sports Event of Puerto Rico. The presentation of athletes will be on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Delta Phi Delta Fraternity facilities at 10 a.m. We are waiting for you in Villa De San Blas.”

For his part, Antonio Rodríguez, the executive director of the race, reminded runners that they have until Saturday to pick up their race packets at the fraternity facilities in Coamo on highway PR-150.

“It is important that you know that the packets will be available in our Fraternity,” Rodríguez said. Among the runners this year we have the Peruvian Gladys Tejada, two-time winner of the San Blas, Bernard Njeno from Kenya, winner of the event in 2022, and from Puerto Rico, runners Paola Ramos and Arnaldo Martínez, to whom the San Blas Half Marathon is dedicated. We are waiting for you in this 62nd edition in Coamo.”

The San Blas 2024 Artisanal Gastronomic Festival begins today and will last until Sunday night with the best of Coameña gastronomy, artisans and a first-class musical selection. In the three days of celebration artists such as Ednita Nazario, Trio Los Condes, Algarete, Luis Figueroa and his Orchestra, Limi-T 21, Andrés Jiménez, Giselle, A Fuego, Plenéalo, Charlie Aponte and Wilfrido Vargas will perform on stage.

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