Chasquis marathon from Lima to Arequipa seeks Guinness Record

by Arequipa Travel on January 21, 2009

he Great Marathon of Chasquis (Inca messengers) from Arequipa to Lima will be carried out by the first time next week, commemorating ancient runners of the Inca Empire who traveled several kilometers carrying letters or messages from one place to another.

This is the first time that a chasquis’ marathon between Arequipa and Lima will be carried out, aimed to get into the Guinness World Records book, said today Jorge Escobedo, mayor of Caylloma, Arequipa’s province, and organizer of the event.

On the occasion of a new anniversary of the Peruvian capital, the chasquis will take a greeting message to Limean mayor, Luis Castañeda.

The runners will depart from Arequipa’s Main Square on January 13 at 10:00 hours (15:00 GMT) and will arrive in Lima on Saturday 17, in the afternoon.

“The Chasqui will also give the Limean mayor an ecological and environmental message for the Limean population, one day before of Lima’s anniversary”, he said.

In this marathon, a total of 30 long-distance runners, members of the Asociación de Fonditas de Arequipa (Runners Association of Arequipa) will participate wearing chasquis’ garments as in the Incas’ times.

They will travel 250 kilometers a day up to arrive in Lima, covering a distance (by stretches) of more than 1,000 kilometers.

Caylloma’s mayor added that this chasquis’ marathon race also aims to promote the Colca canyon, which passed the first stage of the international competition to choose the world’ natural wonders.

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