January 25, 2017
Aruba pays tribute to its greatest statesman on his birthday on January 25th by celebrating the national holiday called "Betico Croes Day" .
The late Gilberto Francois “Betico” Croes (January 25th 1938 - November 25 1986), a charismatic political activist and former school theacher, helped Aruba obtain its “Status Aparte” (separate status) within the Dutch Kingdom, which eventually occured in 1986. From then on Aruba became an autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
This official national holiday celebration in Aruba features various sporting events, an Island wide event Harley Davidson bike tour, culinary festivals, folkloric shows and popular games throughout the island.
BETICO CROES MEMORIAL 10K RUN & 6K FUN WALK
Calling all runners! Betico Croes’ hometown of Santa Cruz sponsors an amateur road race through the hilly, scenic terrain of that area. The circular route takes runners through residential neighborhoods and back to the main intersection of Santa Cruz. Avoiding the hotter hours of the day, the starting pistol sounds at 5:30am and registration will starts at 5:00am. Open registration through IBISA at Tel. (297)-582-4987 or Fax: (297)-583-6478/ email firstname.lastname@example.org.