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#489909 - 04/24/14 02:02 PM 10th annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge  
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The 10th annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge has been set for Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th, and as the days wind down, anticipation is growing for the kayakers who will undertake the 42-mile journey across the waters of Ambergris Caye. The Eco-Challenge was created to raise awareness on the importance of conserving Ambergris Caye marine ecosystem. The challenge takes kayakers in a two day race through the mangrove studded lagoons west of the island, up to Basil Jones in the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. Kayakers will then camp out for the night at the reserve returning along the eastern coast of Ambergris Caye on the second day.

The race will begin and end at Central Park. At 6AM, kayakers will head north to the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge, turning into the lagoon area of San Pedro. After kayaking for a grueling 42 miles, Kayakers will hit the finish line at Central Park. According to event organizers, rules and regulation are the same as that of last year’s race.

Paddlers will have the opportunity to test their endurance while experiencing some of Ambergris Caye’s most pristine ecosystems. Of course Prizes will also be awarded by category for the top finishers.

Persons interested in registering for the Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge can contact Elito Arceo at 610-1690 or Hol Chance Marine Reserve 226-2247 for more information.

#490657 - 05/08/14 04:45 PM Re: 10th annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge [Re: Marty]  
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Everything is set and ready for the 10th Annual Lagoon Reef Eco-challenge. Taking place on Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th, the challenge will consist of kayakers paddling through San Pedro’s lagoons and sea in hopes of winning a grand cash prize. Organizer of the event, Elito Arceo has stated that this tenth anniversary race may be one of the best ever.

Paddlers take off from El Embarcadero, on the lagoon side of the island, on Saturday at 7AM, making into the lagoon area of San Pedro. The first day of the race will take kayakers up to the Basil Jones Area in Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve where they will camp out for the night. The second day of the race kicks off on Sunday at 9AM as kayakers sprint from their campsite to Central Park, along the eastern coast of Ambergris Caye.

Cash prizes will be given to the top three finishers: first prize will include $3,000 cash and a trophy, second prize will include $2,000 cash and a trophy, and third prize will include $1,000 cash and a trophy. Additional awards will be given for youngest team, oldest team, “dog tired” team, “I will never do this race again” team, last place team, most creative team, most eco friendly team, most fun team and even a Most Valuable Player award will be given!

Other events will also be taking place on Sunday to coincide with the end of the race. According to Elito, The San Pedro Sailing Club will be joining the kayakers that day at the midway mark. They will be sailing along with them to the finish line. Adding to the excitement is a triathlon testing the endurance of young athletes. Scheduled to start at 10AM the triathlon will be divided into two categories: Juveniles (age 11 to 15) and Juniors (age 16 to 18). Juvenile competitors will be swimming 15 meters, followed by a two-lap cycle around town core, and a one-lap run around town core. Juniors will be swimming 35 meters, followed by an eight lap cycle around town core and a two lap run around town core. For more information, or to register for the race contact Kent “Bob” Gabourel at phone number 604-9013.

For further information on the Eco-challenge contact Elito Arceo at 610-1690 or Kirah Foreman at 602-0227.

#490687 - 05/09/14 05:26 AM Re: 10th annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge [Re: Marty]  
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NOTICE: All paddlers planning to participate in the Lagoon Reef Eco-challenge are being asked to kindly attend the pre-race meeting to be held on Friday, May 9th at 5PM at the SEAduced dock at the Embarcadero (at the end of Black Coral street, lagoon side).
Also, due to (predicted) weather conditions, the race will be taking off from the same area (7AM, Saturday May 10th)

#490783 - 05/12/14 04:39 AM Re: 10th annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge [Re: Marty]  
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Congratulations Team Coco Beach for winning the 10th annual Lagoon Race Eco-Challenge!! Hats off to the organizers who put this event together year after tireless year, and major props to the paddlers who braved the heat and seas to cross that finish line!!

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#490801 - 05/12/14 02:42 PM Re: 10th annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge [Re: Marty]  
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Lots of great pics and info on the race from SanPedroScoop:

Eco-Challengers Fight Strong Winds to Kayak Around Ambergris Caye
The 10th Annual Ambergris Caye Kayaking Challenge was a brutal one for the competitors. 40+ miles, 2 days, camping in the wilderness at the tip of the caye, it’s a huge physical and mental challenge. And this year, the 20+ mile per hour winds and gusts that were almost constant over the two days, hitting the little boats basically sideways the whole time, made things even tougher.

#490814 - 05/13/14 04:45 AM Re: 10th annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge [Re: Marty]  
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Team Coco Beach wins 10th annual Eco Challenge!

Cesar Salazar and Irvin Humes of Team Coco Beach are the winners of the 10th Annual Lagoon-Reef Eco Challenge. The two were the first to cross the finish line on Sunday May 11th at the San Pedro Central Park following 42 miles of kayaking over a two-day period.

The purpose of the race is to celebrate, showcase and highlight the importance of the island’s fragile eco-system, which includes mangrove areas, lagoons and flats, important water ways and the reef.

Under windy conditions, the starting blast went off at 7:30 AM on May 10th from the El Embarcadero area and saw 20 teams take off for the first dash towards the mangrove channel and into the San Pedro Lagoon. Groups had gathered on the docks to witness the take-off, some even ventured to follow the kayakers for part of the first leg of the race.

After camping on the beach for the night, the kayakers took off at 10AM on day two of the challenge in rough seas. The 17-mile journey took them from Basil Jones on the eastern side of Ambergris Caye, along the resorts and private homes along the coast, then to San Pedro Town. Visitors and residents had lined up at the docks along the route to get a glimpse of the kayakers as they passed cheering them on. Three hours after the takeoff, the first kayakers began crossing the finish line.

Because the winners are calculated based on accumulative time, the three top teams over all are as follows: First place – Team Coco Beach (Cesar Salazar and Irvin Humes) who took $3000; Second place – Team 4G-1 (Charles and Arden Garay) who took $2000; and third place -Team Seaduced (Roy and Brian Bradley) who took home $1000. 1st place in the Junior Category was Breezy Boys consisting of Kyrone Vasquez and Jovanni Campus. The “I will never do it again” award went to Vicki Ellias and Tamara Blankenship. Best Sportsmanship award went to Alex Pineda and Isaul Coba. Most Creative award was given to Joshua Nuñez and Horacio “Chito” Guerrero. Special recognition was given to the teams of Britney Anderson/Rosana Guerrero and Christy Novelo/Johnny Cantun for being first time paddlers.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more photos in the San Pedro Sun

#490835 - 05/13/14 10:06 AM Re: 10th annual Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge [Re: Marty]  
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Team Coco Beach Wins Toughest Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge Yet

Twenty teams entered the kayak race that commenced on Saturday, May 10, 2014, departing from the lagoon side of the island at by the Sunset Boardwalk. They all faced the tough challenge to paddle 25 miles to the northern border of the island on day one and back down the 17 miles to the finish line in town. But this year the race was a huge mental and physical challenge due to the weather conditions; high winds, strong currents, choppy seas and the beating sun were all factors that made the race even more challenging.

Teammates got exhausted, paddles and back rests broke and others lost their shoes while traversing the muddy mangroves at the northernmost tip of the island; these were just some of the challenges the kayakers encountered during the race. The large, vast and choppy Laguna de Cantena was the hardest part of day one as the 7-mile stretch proved to be a killer for most teams.

First Place Winners Coco Beach Cesar Salazar and Irvin Humes

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more photos in the Ambergris Today

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