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First ever Kayaking "Sea Challenge" announced #530053
04/24/18 05:44 AM
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Love FM and the Belize Tourism Board have partnered to bring Belize the first ever BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge. The competition will see kayakers paddle 190 miles along Belize’s coast, starting from Punta Gorda Town to Corozal Town. The kayakers take off from Punta Gorda Town on May 17 and will push through five days of competition culminating on May 21 in Corozal Town. Karen Pike, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations at the BTB says that the event is a perfect opportunity to keep marketing Belize as a tourist destination. The idea is to market the event locally and more importantly, internationally.

Karen Pike, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, BTB: “We’re going to be able to give focus to some of our coastal properties which will definitely highlight some of our culture, some of our local communities and just give them exposure and know that BTB fully supports them. What’s more is that the exposure will be given to Belize in terms of its marine life, in terms of what is does for sustainability of our marine life. This will be brought out in the various promotions and for us that is very important for us on a global scale because that is definitely looked at by the global community that looks at destinations for travel as well as for support.”

Reporter: Any particular areas of focus internationally that you want to bring in to Belize through this event?

Karen Pike, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, BTB: “Well definitely North America, that is actually our main source market so we definitely look to expand exposure there. We’ve been known to do certain promotions there and get millions of impressions so we fully expect that with the assistance of our marketing agency in the US we’ll be able to get international exposure there as well as globally for this event.”

Throughout the five day challenge, kayakers will make overnight stops in Placencia Village, Dangriga and Belize City.

LOVEFM



Re: First ever Kayaking "Sea Challenge" announced [Re: Marty] #530476
05/17/18 06:02 AM
05/17/18 06:02 AM
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BTB and Love FM to hold first ever 218-mile Sea Kayak Race from Punta Gorda to Corozal

The first ever sea kayak race from Punta Gorda Town to Corozal will be held from May 17 to 21, a grueling five-day adventurous extreme challenge covering over 218 miles of sea paddling.

Dubbed as the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge, the race is a joint venture between the Belize Tourism Board and Love FM.

Besides providing a truly unforgettable lifetime experience the race aims to promote Belize as a key tourism destination for paddlers and kavakers: underscore Belize's rich and effervescent culture and history, including food, music and tradition of the communities along the coastline; create environmental awareness with paddlers and fans on the important of protecting Belize's natural and cultural resources and provide visiting teams with a unique Belizean experience and opportunity to see Belize from a closer and local perspective.

The race will kick off at 5am on Thursday May 17th from Punta Gorda and the contenders will travel to Abalone Cave to Monkey River to Placentia. On the second day, they will travel from Placentia to Riverdale then to Hopkins and Dangriga. On the third day the paddlers will go from Dangriga Town to Gales Point Manatee Bar Mouth to Old Belize then Belize City. The Fourth day will cover the distance from Belize City to St. Georges Caye to Cave Caulker and San Pedro and on the final day the paddlers will travel from San Pedro to Blackadore Caye to Sarteneja and finishing at Rainbow Beach in Corozal Town.

The race is open to kayakers worldwide. There will be three different categories of competitors, namely Male, Female and Mix teams with cash prizes totaling $30.000.

The BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge will be broadcast live on Love FM, Estereo Amor and Love TV where a joint BTB Love FM broadcast team, in addition to providing updates on the kayak race, will highlight the various points of attractions and local tourism regions along the race path.

So far eight teams have registered to participate in the kayak sea challenge, which promises to be a thrilling, adrenaline-charged and unforgettable event. Whether you find yourself at the kick-off point in the southernmost point of Belize or cheering at the finish line on the northernmost point, you cannot miss this sea challenge that is sure to become a Belizean tradition.

A thrilling, adrenaline-charged and unforgettable event.

BTB is proud to be a part of this historic event as we join in exploring, promoting and conserving our beautiful Jewel.

Here are some spots that you can join in for some fun and entertainment:

Wednesday, May 16 – 4pm– 6pm - Opening Event at Garbutt’s Marina, Punta Gorda Town Thursday, May 17th – Race departs 5 am from Garbutt’s Marina, Punta Gorda arriving in Placencia 3 pm at Placencia Point

Friday, May 18th - Race departs Placencia 5 am to Dangriga arriving Dangriga at 3pm at Alejo Beni Park

Saturday, May 19th – Race departs Dangriga 5 am to Belize City, arriving Belize City at 3 pm at BTL Park

Sunday, May 20th – Race departs Belize City 5 am to San Pedro, arriving San Pedro at 3 pm at Central Park

Monday, May 21st - Race departs San Pedro 5 am to Corozal Town, arriving at 3 pm at Rainbow Beach (Grand Finale)

Re: First ever Kayaking "Sea Challenge" announced [Re: Marty] #530509
05/18/18 08:29 PM
05/18/18 08:29 PM
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The second day of the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge

The second leg of the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge left Placencia this morning and kayakers made their way to Dangriga. Belize International Water Sports made up of paddlers, Jesus Evelio Linares, Kenrick Daniels, Hener Cruz and Daniel Cruz crossed the finish line in first position with a time of five hours forty-eight minutes and thirty-seven seconds. The “A” team made up paddlers Godfrey Alford, Daniel Gregorio, James Luis Alford and Mark Adolfo Alford, pulled up in second position in a time of six hours one minute and forty-six seconds. The “A” Team remains the overall leaders through two legs as they posted almost an hour lead in their win yesterday. The only female team, Delta Squad, made up of Diana Velasquez, Dana Alford and Shareeni Soberanis finished the second leg in a time of eight hours forty-one minutes and forty-two seconds. The Mixed Team of Anna Camp, Javier Moises, Lily Cruz and Allen Lopez finished in a time of nine hours nine minutes and six seconds. The third leg of the race will be from Dangriga to Belize City tomorrow. The kayakers will have two change out spots, one at Gales Point Manatee Bar Mouth and the other at Old Belize before ending at the BTL Park in Belize City. The BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge aims to promote Belize as a key tourism destination for paddlers and kayakers as well as underscore Belize’s rich culture and history of the communities along the coastline.

LOVEFM

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Results for Day 2 of the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge

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Re: First ever Kayaking "Sea Challenge" announced [Re: Marty] #530543
05/21/18 05:24 AM
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The first teams of the BTB/Love FM Sea Challenge arriving in San Pedro Town! The race, the first of its kind, debuted on Thursday, May 17th, and have made stops in Placencia Village, Dangriga Town, and Belize City. The race continues Moncay on its last leg from San Pedro to Corozal!


Re: First ever Kayaking "Sea Challenge" announced [Re: Marty] #530558
05/21/18 02:24 PM
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Coverage of Day 5 of the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge


It was a tough start day on Monday for most of the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge participants as they came to grips of the grim news of their fallen friend and colleague.

The last leg of this challenge is in honour of Kyne Gentle. Note that Kyne was not part of this group of paddlers. "The paddling community is mourning the loss of a fellow paddler Kyne Gentle who was killed this morning in front of the Blue Angels Night Club in San Ignacio. Kyne Gentle paddled as a part of the PACT team in the 2018 Belikin La Ruta Maya Race.

The Belikin La Ruta Maya Committee extends sincere condolences to the family and friends on the loss of Kyne. May he Rest In Peace and Rise In Glory"

We join in extending our deepest regrets and sincere sympathies to the Gentle family. Rest in Peace.



Re: First ever Kayaking "Sea Challenge" announced [Re: Marty] #530564
05/22/18 06:12 AM
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Congratulations to the First Place Male Winners and Overall BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge BTV Champions for completing in 35 hours 59 minutes 14 seconds and Second Place to Belize International Water Sports Team for completing in 36 hours 1 minute and 17 seconds.

Congratulations to 1st Place Mix Team: Koop Sheet Metal/NICH on completing the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge in 56 hours 9 minutes and 2 seconds.

Congratulations to Third Place Male Winners BDF Breaking Waves for completing the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge in 41 hours 45 minutes and 04 seconds.

Congratulations to Female Winners Delta Squad on completing the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge in 54 hours 44 minutes and 38 seconds.


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