The Yurumein Project is very much interested in fostering the athletic skills of the students in Southern Belize. Student Athlete Programs are a proven means that help facilitate access to higher education. We would like to lend our hand in helping to propel Belize forward on the International scene for Sports.

In partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Transport, we have launched a project to build a Running Track in Southern Belize.

The Philadelphia Penn Relays and Challenges

In 2017 Philadelphia based, Mr. James Cordice, president of SVG International and native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, visited and spoke to the Stann Creek Ecumenical College’s Sports Director, Mr. Gary Francisco, and Vice Principal, Mr. Gregory Ovado about having Garifuna Children participate in the Penn Relays. Mr. Cordice pledged to support a team with accommodation, food and transportation once in the United States. In April 2018, with the support of the board of governors and through fundraising efforts of the Sports Committee, the school’s track team travelled to the United States and participated in the Penn Relays for the first time, and then again in 2019. Due to the outbreak of the novel Corona virus in 2020, even though fully prepared, the team unfortunately was unable to participate. Then in 2023 after the pandemic has somewhat subsided, things were back on track (pun intended) and the Stann Creek Ecumenical College’s track team made their third appearance at the Penn Relays.

A huge challenge facing the team is the ability to practice on an actual Running Track. Quite often students have to travel to the Marion Jones Stadium in Belize City to train and record their progress. Travel and accommodations for our Southern Students are costly.

The Yurumein Project intends to remedy this situation by building an Olympic Standard Synthetic Running Track in Southern Belize. We have secured the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Belize to help us locate a space for the track and to secure funds for this venture. We have secured a proposed plan and estimate for a 400-meter Track facility to be built in Southern Belize. All that remains are the funds to bring this project to fruition. The Yurumein Project is therefore actively fundraising to build this Track for Belize.

TYP Vision and Mission for The Running Track Project

Our vision is to produce track athletes of the highest caliber.

We are aiming provide students a facility necessary for honing their craft and introduce opportunities to compete at the highest levels. Student athletes will benefit from their training and hard work through scholarships to higher education institutions.

The Running Track Design

A full-size 400 Meter track near Dangriga City

8 lanes around in the standard width 4 ft (1.22 m)

A full 130 m home straight

2 full-sized D areas

All field events

Total net area including safety zones is approximately 7.207 m²

Cost

US: $476, 077.50

Warranty: BSW shall provide a standard 5-year company product and installation warranty to the customer.