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Over 700 Runners Attend Riviera Nayarit 1/2 Marathon

November 21, 2012

Over 700 runners participated in the Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon. Officials from the Assoc. of International Marathons and Distance Races say this is one of the most beautiful routes they’ve ever worked on.

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico - The Riviera Nayarit Touristic Half Marathon held last Saturday November 17th was golden - and not only for the crowns of Carlos Alfredo Echeverría and Dinora Peña, winners of the 21k race.

Also golden was the beauty of the route which had been modified to maintain its aesthetics and to also meet certifications by the Mexican Athletics Federation and by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

With nearly 700 runners registered for the competition - as many as 200 more than last year - and the appearance of international multimedalist Dionicio Ceron, who trained a group of competitive athletes from Guadalajara, the Fourth Edition of this marathon had all the ingredients for success.

"Is such a beautiful route, such a gorgeous place that I almost can´t believe I'm still in Mexico. This place is such a privilege for all of the contestants," said Dionicio Ceron, who was visiting Riviera Nayarit during the competition for the second time.

"High endurance sports are a key niche for attracting tourism in Riviera Nayarit," said Marc Murphy, General Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB (Conventions and Visitors Bureau.) "They attract people who are strongly focused on achieving goals, and who also have purchasing power and a well developed environmental culture. These events provide the ideal atmosphere to promote our destination and to generate economic benefits for all."

The CVB of Riviera Nayarit is a public non-profit association dedicated to promoting tourism on the coast of Nayarit, from its southern border with Jalisco in Nuevo Vallarta, to Novillero, its Northern border with Sinaloa, by integrating the promotion of historic and cultural sites.


Free Men's 10K
1. Jorge Montes Ballesteros - 00:31:45:00
2. Tomás Castillo García - 00:32:46:00
3. Efrén Noé Cedeño García - 00:33:41:00

Free Women's 10K
1. Yaniuska Vidal Reynaldo - 00:45:49:00
2. Rocío Rossainz Montiel - 00:50:01:00
3.Alondra Nayelly Ramos Sahagún - 00:50:25:00

Free Men's 21K
1. Carlos Alfredo Echeverría Aguilar - 01:09:17:00
2. Enrique Castillo García - 01:14:27:00
3. Jesus Javier Santillán Ramírez - 01:16:27:00

Free Women's 21K
1. Dinora Peña Sánchez - 01:34:17:00
2. Claudia Iturbide - 01:34:21:00
3. Rocío Arteaga de Dios - 01:34:48:00

About Riviera Nayarit: Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, all pleasantly affordable, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, record deep sea fishing, bird watching, international cuisine, and shopping for local artwork and traditional Huichol handicrafts. The region attracts and satisfies vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns. Visit the website at