Race Number 10 and 11 in Cancun
It was hot, humid and windy in Cancun but it was FUN!
Sunday, March 4th, 2012
I run so much better when it it cooler...but that's nothing new. It was also windy in Cancun on Saturday. I was there for our Ujena Jam event (a model and photographer search) and we do the Bob Anderson 15k Challenge as part of our event. Ujena's models and photographers are required to run/walk the 5k. For the 15k we run 10k at 7:30am and then 5k at 9:00am. Times are added together for scoring.
Start of the 10k. The winner is number 1096 (Benard), I am number 1071, Jodi is 1060 and Crystal is 1063. Photos by Steve Manente Ujena Fit Club
It was great training with Jodi, one of our Ujena models who I have known for over 20 years, all week. The first few days were really tough but it did get easier.
Jodi and I warming up with David from Mexico City. This is David's fifth Ujena race and he has ran in all three cities where we hold our races - Cancun, Puerto Vallarata and Cabo.
After finishing the 10k in 44:50. We got a logt of media attention. Everyone lost at least a minute because of the wind.
This couple (John and Brandi) was in Cancun on their honeymoon. They wore their running bibs when they got married after running a four mile race. They are from New York. They both ran the 15k Challenge. I caught John at about the five mile mark.
It was nice to have Televisa at our event.
Crystal, from Baltimore, is one of our top Ujena swimwear model. She had not run a race nor included running in her workout routine until she ran the Ujena 5k five years ago. Now she loves it and runs at least four times per week. She is finishing the 10k here. 30 minutes later she ran and walked the 5k with her husband Kevin.
Some of our Ujena swimwear models on hand to give out the cash prizes. We awarded $1700 cash to our winners in different age groups. All of these models also ran the Ujena 5k...it is required. I ran 21:57 for the 5k and finished first 60 plus...4th overall in the Bob Anderson 15k Challenge. All photos by Steve Manente Ujena Fit Club
Adding to the challenge in Cancun was that I had taken over 27,000 images of our models wearing Ujena swimwear the five days before the races. I have taken well over one million images of Ujena swimwear on over 500 models since 1984. Photography is something else I love. About 70% of the images you see on our Ujena.com website are taken by me. I am the current CEO and founder of Ujena. It is a family business and we mostly sell over the internet. Keeps us busy. Photo by Steve Manente at Ujena Jam photo tour number four.
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