A Marathon Victory Hat-Trick for Rafael Botello

A balmy 21º C temperature, a little cloud cover and a nice 12 km per hour breeze set the perfect conditions for the Lanzarote Marathon and over 700 participants joined in the day’s challenges and fun.

Competing in the wheelchair category were participants from across the globe from Spain, Portugal, Ecuador, France, Belgium and Ireland. Amongst them was Rafael Botello who works with the charity organisation TriWWW to promote the use of sports as a medium to help people with disabilities.
No stranger to the winner’s podium, Rafael competed in the Bejiing Paralympics and up until Sunday, had won the wheelchair category in this event for two years running. Now he’s notched up his third consecutive victory.

Speakingon his personal blog, Rafael bemoans his 1hr 54 mins time which he says was slowed considerably by a puncture at the 14 kilometre mark.
Describing the Lanzarote Marathon as one of the most important events in Spain for the participation and integration of athletes with disabilities, Rafael goes on to make special mention of Sands Beach Resort for their sponsorship of the event and for providing accommodation and meals for some of the participants.

The entire event was a resounding success, as it always is, and is a great showcase for Arrecife with a course that takes participants along the promenade and around the lovely Charco de San Ginés.

Now we’re looking forward to 2011 to cheer Rafael on to his fourth consecutive victory.

Rafael was joined on the winning platform by the Portuguese Alesandrino Silva and Ecuadorian Bayrón Lopez.