Saturday, March 11, 2006

SADR Marathon

SADR/MARATHON
A Spaniard wins the 6th edition of the international Marathon of the Sahara
Smara (refugee camps), 01/03/2006 (SPS) The 6th edition of the international Sahara Marathon, which too place on Tuesday in the Wilaya of El Aaiun heading towards Smara, was won by the Spaniard, Ramon Alvare Sainz, in 3 hours 16Minutes, followed by his compatriot Amindorain, few seconds after.
The Half Marathon was won by the Irish, Mikel Callens, in 1 hour23 minutes, followed by the Spaniard, Juan Jose Garcia and Raul Quintana.
In a statement to SPS, Mr. Mikel, who works in the newspaper "London Times", indicated that his participation enabled him, "to know the Saharawi people, a generous and peaceful people, from very close".
On his part the Italian, Maurizio Paladinio, won the 10 KM race in 44 minutes 12 seconds, while the second place was to the Algerian, Hakim Zarwali, 62 years, who affirmed to SPS that he participated to this edition, "to support the Saharawi people".
The women race of this edition was won by the Saharawi, Chikha Abba Cheikh, followed by two of her compatriots, Habiba et Tfarah Selma.
The handing over of the prices took place during an evening party organised by the Wilaya of Smara and a dinner was offered to the participants by the Governor of Smara, Bouchraya, with the presence of the member of the Polisario Front's National Secretariat in charge of political orientation, Khatri Addouh, in addition to many national personalities.
Castelleno Villenzo (45 years), who won this edition, has already won the first price of the 2005 Sahara Marathon, it should be recalled. (SPS)
020/090/000/TRD 011045 Mars 06 SPS



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