15th Annual La Ruta Maya Race
Articles on Belize Belizean Artists and paintings Banks of Belize The Belize Barrier Reef Birds and Birding in Belize Belize Blogs Boat Charters Bookstore Businesses in Belize Belizean Casinos Caving and Cave tubing in Belize Annual Costa Maya Festival Cruise Ships Belize Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Electronic greeting cards with a Belizean flavor Economics of Belize Ambergris Caye Field Guide Fishing in Belize tarpon bonefish Golf carts Belize History Knowledgebase for Belize and Ambergris Caye Hol Chan Marine Reserve Belizean Holidays Belize Resorts, lodging Belize Maps Tour Guides in Belize Belize Message Boards / Forums National Parks and Reserves in Belize Latest Belize News Ambergris Caye Telephonebook /Directory Photographs of Belize Belize Restaurants Real Estate and Realtors in Belize Shopping in Belize Sitemap Snorkeling in Belize Spa / Massage What to do in Belize Belize Tour Guides, Travel Agents Quick Travel Hints Video Volunteers and Volunteering in Belize Belize Weather Forecast and conditions Belize Weddings, Getting married in Belize What's New on the Website Artists in Belize, Belizean Art
Wednesday May 9, 2012

Previous | Next | Archive |

BelizeSearch.com
Website of the Day

Belize-Trips.com
Belize Trips Travel & Tour specialists customizes vacations, weddings and honeymoons to experience Belize's Mayan sites, rainforest, reef, and culture. Belize Trips is helmed by  Katie Valk, a music business refugee from New York City. She vacationed on Ambergris some 20 odd years ago and returned in 1989 to see the mainland, and is still here.  We pride ourselves on being up to date on current conditions and situations at each. We’re enthralled by the Maya and their ancient cities, by life in the jungle, sea and in the air, by Belize people and their different ethnicities.
Click here for past
Websites of the Day
15th Annual La Ruta Maya Race

And taking a break now from all that bad news, the 15th Annual La Ruta Maya Race culminated in Belize City on Monday.

After three days on the Belize river, the final leg started out with only one and a half minutes separating the first place team, Belize Bank Bulldogs and second place, the Oceana Wave Makers.

That meant a furious rush to the finish at the Belcan Bridge in Belize City - where an especially fast final leg led to a new record time - and a photo finish between Belize Bank and Team Ziprider and an epic, finish-line spill:...

Jerry Martinez, Manager Belize Bank Overall
"At the end Ziprider beat us at the end of the race, we have no complains about that. When Ziprider flipped, they flipped after they past the finish line; we have no objections to the finish."

Erwin Cruz, Belize Bank First Overall
"It feels good, it's my third year paddling professional it feels really good. The most challenge was the first day of the race, it was hard."

Jerry Martinez, Manager Belize Bank Overall
"This is the fifth time we are winning. The previous four years we won, I expected to win because of the paddlers we had. Since Erwin joined our team three ago, he was developing because we use to paddle in the pleasure division before and he came up, we brought him up to the professional division and this is the third year he is paddling with us but, last year we lost by a second, one second, and the amount of training we put in this year, I knew that we were going to win."

Jerry Rhaburn, Ziprider 1st Place (Sunday's Stage) 3rd Overall
"The race came down to training and strategy, we had some American teams they are fast, they are good; but we also have our Belizean boys. I support my guys, I support my brothers and I support my team, so when you paddle under the influence that we paddle it is not difficult or challenging, you just got to withstand the obstacles out there in the river. Last year race was tough this year race was tougher, as you guys can hear they broke the record from last year that we put there, so that just says we've got to come back next year and beat this speed that they set this year. So next year is going to be faster."

Chris Guydis, Team Oceana 2nd Place, La Ruta Maya 2012
"It's the first time we've raced together."

Mike Vincent, Team Oceana 2nd Place, La Ruta Maya 2012
"This is the first time we are in the race together, but I am paddling for thirteen years."

Chris Guydis, Team Oceana 2nd Place, La Ruta Maya 2012
"The most challenging part of the race was when some boats were crashing into us and it wasn't very fair or nice. The most physically difficult part of the race for us was paddling through the canal at the end; the water was very heavy and hard to paddle."

Mike Vincent, Team Oceana 2nd Place, La Ruta Maya 2012
"First of all I wanted to say thanks to the two guys, to leave all the way from Michigan and Canada to come here and paddle with me, thanks to them."

Chris Guydis, Team Oceana 2nd Place, La Ruta Maya 2012
"This is a very hard race for us, it's the middle of winter back home where we come from and so we ski a lot and run a lot and try and paddle when we can find some open water, we get on paddle machines a little bit too."

The new record time for the Belize Bank bulldogs is 16:36:03. Now a little bit of history: Defending Ruta Maya champions Jerry Rhaburn, Efrain and Felix Crux of the Ziprider team were first across the finish line on Monday but they came in sixth overall.

The Belize Bank Bulldogs: Ervin, Amado and Daniel Cruz claimed a $2,000 grand prize and the Kinich Ahau jade head trophy for the fifth time.

Story from Channel 5

Other stories and links:

VIDEO: gettin plowed

MORE PICS HERE and HERE.

MORE STORIES HERE and HERE and HERE.

VIDEO: Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge ends in photo finish

Click here to comment on this picture.

Belize Slideshow
Other Belizean "Pictures of the Day":
San Pedro Daily, Tony Rath's "Images of Belize"




Click here for a large selection of photographs and videos of Belize
Email us - Weyour photographs. Send us yours with a description!


Belize Search.com Belize News.com Belize Cards.com Belize History IslandBazaar.net Belize Weather
Belize Lodging Tours & Recreation Diving & Snorkeling Fishing Travel Tips Real Estate
AmbergrisCaye.com Island Information Visitor Center Belize Business San Pedro Sun
SanPedroDaily.com Belize Message Board Restaurants Things to do

Belize Picture of the Day


button Home button Island button Community button History button Visitor Center button Goods & Services button Search button Forum button Contact Us button

Copyright by Casado Internet Group, Belize