The 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race took place on February 19 in Cancun with the participation of 493 competitors of all ages, 84 volunteers and local sponsors. Thanks to the efforts of all involved, a total of $214,000 pesos was raised, almost triple the amount raised in 2016, in support of this year’s cause: rebuilding the derelict home of 74-year-old Maclovio Tun and his family.
2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race photo gallery
The morning dawned fine on February 19 as 493 runners and walkers of all ages lined up on the starting blocks outside Captain’s Cove Restaurant in Cancun for the 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race. This year, the field of competitors included 161 Royal Resorts employees, 17 Royal Resorts members and local runners who joined in to support the cause. They ran three, five or 10 kilometers along a route through the Cancun Hotel Zone to El Mirador (Playa Delfines) and Punta Nizuc or did a 3-kilometer walk, a new feature this year. A Kids Fun Run was another new event for 2017 and 54 children competed in the 500-meter and 1-kilometer categories.
It was a fun morning enjoyed by all and the community spirit and family atmosphere were fantastic. Employees brought their families to take part in the race or to cheer them on. Several Royal Resorts members who competed said that what they enjoyed the most was spending time with Royal Resorts employees and their families while doing something to support a community cause and that they would definitely be back next year.
Before the break of dawn there was a pre-race warm up led by members of the Royal Resorts Social Activities team. Volunteers were on hand to give race instructions and distribute water along the route. Spa staff helped with post-race stretching and massages for tired competitors and a team of restaurant employees served food and drinks.
Royal Channel, the Royal Resorts in-house TV station, was on hand to film and take pictures of the race and the awards ceremony. The first, second and third place winners in the 3,5 and 10 kilometer races, the walk and the Kids Fun Run received medals.
Watch the highlights from the 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race video
Helping Maclovio and his family
This year, the Royal Resorts Foundation teamed up with Pro Niños Excepcionales A.C., a Cancun NGO that supports children with physical, neurological and mental challenges to help a man who has given his life to caring for sick children. Maclovio Tun looks after child riders and horses at the Pro Niños Excepcionales Equine Therapy Center. He is all too familiar with the challenges that such children face as his own son Reyes has cerebral palsy and his wife is confined to a wheelchair.
They live in a house that is unsafe and lacks clean water, sanitation, access ramps and other aids that Reyes and Carmen so desperately need. With the proceeds from the 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race, the Royal Resorts Foundation and Pro Niños Excepcionales A.C. will be able to improve the quality of life for Maclovio and his family by creating a safe, healthy and comfortable home for them.
The architectural plans have been drawn up and call for a complete transformation of their house, from top to bottom. New features will include a kitchen with proper storage and food preparation facilities, a bedroom and bathroom. Ramps and other mobility aids will be installed to improve access for Carmen and Reyes. Rebuilding will soon begin and you can check this blog for more updates from the Royal Resorts Foundation as work progresses.
See you in 2018 for the 3rd Royal Resorts Foundation Race
The Royal Resorts Foundation thanks everyone who supported the 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race this year, the competitors, volunteers, sponsors and donors. We hope to see you in week 7, 2018 for the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race when you can join Royal Resorts employees, members and Cancun athletes to support another worthy local cause. Help us spread the word.
About the Royal Resorts Foundation
The Royal Resorts Foundation is always looking for ways to help those in need, support community causes and protect the environment. Its causes include:
• Conservation of the Mayan jungle, rare wildlife and the area’s underground rivers
• Children’s education
• Cancer screening and treatment for women on a low income
• Physiotherapy for mobility challenged children
• Emergency relief for employees in times of serious illness
• Help for the aged