21K Xela Marathon

21K Xela Marathon

I woke up at 7 this Sunday and went out to see the runners. I started to walk towards La Rotonda y Valle De Las Rosas. Not too long after I started to walk, I came across the first runners. Watching those people, trying really hard to finish a marathon made me wanna try this at one point in my life. You gotta be really ambitious, though.

21K Xela Marathon21K Xela Marathon

21K Xela Marathon21K Xela Marathon

The night before the big marathon, I was having some drinks with my friends at Salon Tecun. And they were telling me how some runners defecate in their pants, because they can’t stop during a marathon, that can take hours. And the next morning, I saw these two guys, taking a short break from the marathon to take each other’s photos with their cell phones. “Ellos me fascinan”.

And apparently, there were some Japanese runners in the marathon. Their supporters could be defined as “hardcore” in my terms. I mean, all those signs, banners and cheering for the runners… Not much to say…

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  • http://climaya.com neavilag

    Love the pics, Pinar, how simple street pictures looks so good. Did you make something to give that dim effect in the background ?

    • pinar

      Hi,

      It is the way it came from the camera. Because of my education in journalism, I don’t manipulate the images. The only editing i do is some simple toning and sometimes sharpening.

      • http://AntiguaDailyPhoto.com Rudy

        @Pinar, I am the same way, except I do it for time constriction reasons and because I like documentary-style photography best.

        You should post photojournalistic tips about how you go about capturing photos or any prior planning or ideas to capture pictures. Let others into your process. ;-)

        • pinar

          Sharing tips sounds like a good idea to me. :)

  • A. Roman

    Hey Pinar! I recently began following your blog, and I love it, as I am Guatemalan born but now live in the United States. In my life, I’ve only been once in Xela, and it was long ago. So looking the pictures above and that group of Japanese people made want to ask you: Have you come across any other people from Asian or European countries? As it seems that most tourists to Guatemala are Americans.

  • pinar

    Hi Roman,

    I did come across some other Asians and many many Europeans. In fact in Guatemala there are some Asians who are volunteers of a Japanese organization, which is basically something like Peace Corp of USA.

  • Cristina

    I bet you saw lots of foreigners participating in the race. Supposedly there were about 3,000 participants. The local paper had some pictures of a guy dressed up like a lucha libre fighter and El Chavo del Ocho. It´s a very big deal here and of course, ever runner has their family supporting them.
    The Kenyans won the first 5 places, as always. Incredible runners!

    • pinar

      Yea, there were many of them. I actually saw that guy in the costume and i knew all the “official” journalists would photograph him.

      Kenyans!… They rock at running! On my way to La Rotonda, the first runner i saw was the Kenyan guy. And he was way ahead of everyone.

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