11th Annual Lagoon Reef Eco-challenge to be the biggest race yet
All is set for the 11th Annual Lagoon Reef Eco-challenge, and it looks like it is going to be the biggest one yet! Kicking off on Saturday, May 23rd and ending on Sunday, May 24th, the iconic kayak race is one that has been eagerly awaited. Teams consisting of two paddlers have prepared for months in order to endure one of toughest races in Belize. Of course, all eyes are on the amazing prizes that will be given out.
“We are ready! Even the smallest details have been taken care and now we are just awaiting the date to come. We wish all the teams the best of luck and thank them for their participation,” said organizer, Elito Arceo. The race route has paddlers taking off on Saturday at 7AM from the Sunset Boardwalk along the lagoon side of the island. Kayakers will then make their way up to the Basil Jones Area in the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve where they will camp out for the night. The second day of the race kicks off on Sunday at 9AM, with kayakers heading down to Central Park, along the eastern coast of Ambergris Caye.
While there is still not a set number of registered teams, Arceo has indicated that this year has a high number of participants. “We have issued over 42 registration forms. That is a record number in the Lagoon Reef Eco-challenge,” said Arceo. Prior to the race, organizers will be holding a mandatory meeting for all participants on Friday, May 22nd at the Sun Breeze Conference Room starting at 6:30PM. The meeting is to discuss the rules and regulations of the race, as well as expected conduct from the racers.
Prizes for the Lagoon Reef Eco-challenge are as follows: 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 Most Valuable Player award.
For further information contact Elito Arceo at 610-1690 or Kirah Forman at 602-0227.
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