Special race scheduled Sunday for youngsters on Paseo Colón

Namú, the Central American games mascot

Children will have their chance to take their mark, get set and go like the X Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos athletes through a mini-marathon Sunday along Paseo Colón. The official games will begin March 3.

The organizers of the X games will host an athletics day where youths from ages 4 to 13 will be able to run alongside the events mascot Namú.

Runners will be broken into three categories. The first is from ages 4 to 6 who will take on a 100-meter dash leaving from Toyota. Next is the 7 to 9 years old doing a 200 meter dash from Wendy’s restaurant. The final group is the 10 to 13 years old who will run 600 meters from Pizza Hut.

Persons who place first, second and third in each category will receive a Nitendo Wii and Wii Sports Resort game. Prizes are provided by Gollo stores.

The races will begin at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to be in the starting area at 7 a.m. so everything can get set up, said the coordinators.

Those who wish to participate can register online at www.sanjose2013.com. The entry fee is 4,000 colons, which includes a race t-shirt.

After the race, a family festival will begin with games for the children.

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