The José Sulaimán Champions Race impresses Hermosillo, Sonora
This Sunday morning the first Sonora “José Sulaimán” WBC Race of Champions took place, where hundreds of runners participated, accompanied by boxing legends, José Luis Castillo, “Alacrán” Berchelt, Francisco “Gallo” Estrada , among others.
The José Sulaimán race originated in Mexico City, but for the first time the opportunity was given to take it to Hermosillo, Sonora.
“The purpose of this race is with what is obtained, to support the José Sulaiman fund, which what it does is help retired boxers who have fallen on to hard times… there is a lot to do, because there are many boxers who, number one, have not been recognized from a sporting point of view, on their merit; and two, their economic issue as well”, commented Ricardo Monreal.
Temible Castillo expressed pride that the WBC takes Sonora into account so that citizens have this opportunity to run and as a family to be able to accompany the boxers.
“It’s time for youth so they don’t fall into drugs… and it’s good that the fund goes to boxers when they finish their boxing career, unfortunately they end up in extreme poverty, it’s good that this is an incentive to help boxers,” he commented.
For his part, Miguel Berchelt commented that he hopes that a second edition of this race will take place in Hermosillo, Sonora.
“The organization was very good, the race was phenomenal, very good runners. We hope this race is replicated every year.”
Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada also ran 5 kilometers in 20 minutes, a time that surprised him, since he commented that he had not run for a while, and he also expressed himself happy to participate in a WBC Race.
“The truth is that this race of the WBC champions is in Mexico City, they decided to bring it here in Hermosillo, very happy because it is something that people, both children and adults enjoy, and more than anything, it is a competition in which there are money prizes and fundraising for retired boxers,” said Francisco Estrada.
Xochitl Lagarda Burto, Director of WBC University and member of the World Boxing Council, mentioned that in the state of Sonora there is a significant number of boxers who are in a situation of poverty, hence the importance of this kind of events..