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La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge
La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

Now that spring is here, excitement in Belize is growing as one of the biggest sporting events of the year, , starts this Friday marijuana in denmark.

2016 will see the 18th commemoration of the great Belize River Challenge, pitting hundreds of canoe teams against one another as they battle to be the first to cross the finish line in Belize City on Monday afternoon. Originating in 1988 as a one-off event sponsored by a drinks firm, the La Ruta Belize River Challenge is now part athletic competition and part festive event designed to raise awareness about the environment.

The race begins at 7:00 am on March 4 when more than 100 canoe teams will take off from San Ignacio Town. Competing in eight different categories, the teams will be cheered on by thousands of supporters from all over the country and the world.

The four day event comes with mandatory rest stops at night, the first at the village of Banana Bank. Day two is a 60-mile course from Banana Bank to Double Head Cabbage Village. Day three is a 36-mile stretch to reach the village of Henderson Bank in Burrell Boom. The final day features a sprint to be the first to arrive in Belize City.

Both professional and amateur teams are encouraged to participate. Don’t be surprised to see “Masters” teams using advanced Kevlar canoes racing alongside homemade fun watercraft paddled by family members or friends. With a total of 170 miles of shifting currents to navigate, the Belize River Challenge is one of the biggest canoe races in the world.

The La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is the first big race of the maritime racing season in Belize. March 9 is Baron Bliss Day, a national holiday and the occasion for sailing events and a regatta.

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