For years there was speculation that on December 21, 2012, the world as we know it would end. There’s some logic to the apocalyptic craze: The Maya, who developed the Long Count calendar, believed the end of one cycle would simply signal the beginning of another. According to this logic, a new Grand Cycle would start on December 22, 2012. The Maya could not truly predict the future, but they did, however, develop one of the most sophisticated and complex civilizations in the Western Hemisphere.
With a rich Maya culture, Belize became a magnet for these doomsday-curious visitors. While the world goes on post-doomsday prophecy, Belize—the once-heartland of the Maya civilization—took advantage in ‘celebrating’, coining the “End of the World Marathon” in Placencia, Belize that’s been running ever since. After all, celebrated philosopher Aldous Huxley once described Belize as “an end of the earth” in 1934.
The Famed Marathon in Southern Belize
Every December, Placencia—the seaside village on the tip of Stann Creek’s 16-mile-long namesake peninsula—puts their tight-knit community on display for all 26.2 miles. If registered for a full 26.2-mile marathon, the football field inside Placencia Village is set as the starting point before coursing through Placencia, Seine Bight, and Maya Beach and looping back a few miles south of Riversdale. The 13.1-mile half marathon starts at the full marathon’s turnaround, with the Caribbean Sea being a constant glimpse for both races before finishing in Placencia Village.
This year, the End of the World Marathon will be held on December 4, 2022, along the resort strip of the Placencia Peninsula, Belize. And with a lagoon to the west and the Caribbean to the east and lots of peace and quiet in the middle, there couldn’t be a more perfect post-race destination to indulge in sweet R&R. Over 20 water station locations are nestled throughout the racecourse thanks to local businesses who creatively compete for bragging rights—equally serving as refreshing motivation for runners too. So if you don’t come for the always entertaining and creative service stations by resident resorts and businesses—cue Thriller flash dance by Naia Resort’s zombie staff—then here’s one exclusive deal to lure you in from Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas.
Planning your vacation around a destination half-marathon race or similar type of event will not only keep you motivated to train before you leave but also help you celebrate your success. The luxury resort’s “End of the World” Marathon all-inclusive package includes five nights for two guests in a one-bedroom beach bungalow on the beaches of Belize. There’s unlimited food and drinks, including a pre-race dinner full of carbs and a private, celebratory post-race dinner with delicious Belizean dishes. But this deal offers more than just food: it also includes local flights from Belize’s Philip S.W. Goodson International Airport to Placencia, along with ground transportation to the resort.
Quality sleep after a big event like 26.2 or 13.1 miles comes easily in your Belize resort’s beach bungalow. Decompress in your standing tub designed for deep soaking to relax, then rejuvenate and renew (don’t forget the Epsom salts!) before a proper session at Siren’s Spa as part of the package.
Feeling a bit stiff? Post-marathon pampering is in order by way of a facial, aromatherapy, or deep tissue massage; it’s hard not to feel relaxed at Sirenian Bay Resort, toes in the sand and lime refresher included. Go ahead, blow those aching muscles away with a selection of specialist spa treatments.
For those that prefer a more active recovery, say less.
Take to the pool, as do most pro athletes, for a few easy lengths to increase blood flow and reduce muscle soreness. The Caribbean Sea beckons too, and Thomas Watson from the Marathon Handbook highly recommends it. “If you can, go swimming [as] one of the best ways to recover. Simply walking around the shallow end of a pool can be a great way to treat your legs after a marathon and doing strokes like the breaststroke can ease your muscles and help with recovery.”
Jump in on a beachfront movie night, catch some rays by the swim-up pool bar, or simply kick your feet up on your bungalow’s private patio deck: there are simply no post-race blues while you’re in Belize. Register to experience the End of the World with a full or half marathon in Belize, then indulge in this post-race 5-day luxury package with Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas.