LIMA – This weekend some 100 mimes ran the first “slow-motion marathon” to be held in Lima, which was won by 9-year-old Sheyla Sanchez in a time of about half an hour, organizers said.
The young artist told EFE it was the first time she ever mimed and was determined to lead the race from beginning to end.
The competition was not the usual athletics marathon with its standard distance of 42,195 meters (26 miles and 385 yards) – it covered just six blocks in the historic district of Lima.
The mimes set off from Plaza San Martin, proceeded down busy Union Street, turned into Cuzco Street and crossed the finish line in front ot the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute, or ICPNA.
Popular Peruvian mime Jorge Acuña was at the starting line in charge of setting the slow-mo runners on their way, most of whose faces were painted white.
The race was organized by The Mime Family group as a lead-up to the 2016 Lima Mime Festival, or FML, to be held on Wednesday and Thursday of the first three weeks of January at the ICPNA auditorium in downtown Lima.
Rules of the marathon bar participants from running at a normal speed, speaking or stopping to have spectators take selfies with them. Spectators in turn had to move in unison with the mimes if they wanted to take their pictures.
The Mime Family member Cesar Chirinos told EFE that the “slow-motion marathon” was created to give a new image to the mime contest, which over the past 10 years has organized a series of mime acts “to make the public more aware of this art.”
Taking part in this year’s Lima Mime Festival will be Argentina’s Nuria Schneller, Peruvians Gustavo Neyra, Cesar Chirinos, Bruno Tarneci, Jery Menendez and more.