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Last Sunday September 18th, the 4th edition of the Bayahibe 10k organized by the Romana Bayahibe Hotel Association and Tourism Cluster was a complete success with the participation of both locals and visitors. This year, a congratulations is in order for Pedro Herrera and Jaisa Sánchez who won the overall first place titles!

500 runners arrived bright and early on Sunday morning at La Punta de Bayahibe to participate in this event and compete in the different categories. The race was scheduled to start at 7 a.m., and to warm up particpants had a zumba workout at 6:30 a.m. You could see runners of all ages at la Punta, even a 9 year old boy named Isaac Del Rosario Pinales who ran side by side adults and completed the race! Way to go, Isaac! At 7:40 a.m. Pedro Herrara crossed the finish line earning himself the Overall 1st place for men’s category and just 5 minutes later, Jaisa Sanchez arrived!!

bayahibe 10k

Spectators gathered at various points along the route to cheer the runners on and to witness when each of runners reached the finish line. 2nd Overall Male went to Mario Enrique Doroteo, while 2nd Overall Female was won by Jordan Diaz. Third Overall was won by Toribio Rosa Pichardo and Deyanira Díaz.

Male Category

429 Pedro Enmanuel Herrera 32:32.6 246 Mario Doroteo 32:36.4 3 148 Toribio Rosa Pichardo  32:37.9

Female Category

447 Jaisa Sanchez  38:16.8 149 Jordania Diaz  40:20.1 317 Deyanira Diaz  41:07.6 See complete list here!

Each of the runners received Bayahibe 10K medals as they completed the route, and in addition to the great prizes for each of the winners – cash money fromRD $1,000 to RD $18,000, as well as cellphones, trips to Saona, and entrance tickets into the Casa de Campo Corre 2016; there were also great raffle prizes! Such as, flights to the U.S. with JetBlue, numerous weekend stays at hotels across the Dominican Republic, dinner at a variety restaurants, and many more!!

bayahibe 10k

Ana Garcia-Sotoca, Executive Director of the La Romana – Bayahibe Tourism Cluster, thanked everybody for their continued support of this event, “We can once more say that the 10K Bayahibe was a success, and has already become one of the most anticipated races of the eastern region. We had the participation of 500 runners, who enjoyed a route with unmatched sights, by the sea.”

The event had many sponsors including: the Ministry of Tourism, AFP Siembra, ARS Universal, Orange Dominicana, Multiplaza La Romana, Be Live Hotels, Casa de Campo, Catalonia Gran Dominicus, Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, AM Resorts, Viva Wyndham Resorts, Consorcio Energético Punta-Cana Macao, Seaborne Airlines, Gatorade, Central Romana, Luminous Lighting, Cardnet, Molinos del Ozama, Clínica Canela, Cool Heaven, Universal de Seguros, Alamos Travel, Asociación Romana de Ahorros y Préstamos, Discoteca Kviar, Gestiones Sanitarias & Ambientales, Operadora Caoba, Aeropaq, Milo Dominicana, Tecno Print, Gomas Trinidad, SportLine América, Hotel Caserma, Vita Salud, Industrias Banilejas, Caribbean Saona, Punto Italia, Saona Dreams, Toñitos Grill, Cicom, La Romana Bayahibe News, Silgon, Defensa Civil, Cuerpo Especializado de Seguridad Turística (CESTUR), Policía Nacional, Ayuntamiento Municipal de Bayahibe, and the Dirección Nacional de Emergencias y Desastres.

The race looks to promote sports in an idyllic environment like Bayahibe and we know they are succeeding! Hope to see you in next year’s edition! See the video from the Bayahibe 10K 2016, courtesy of Explore La Romana:

YouTube video

The following pictures are provided by La Romana – Bayahibe Tourism Cluster: