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2018 Eco Challenge Kayak Race. Preparations are underway to hold the kayak race once again here in San Pedro. Are you ready and do you have what it takes to compete in this grueling race? 26, 27 of May.

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Two-person teams will travel 42 miles in the two-day kayak race. The race starts on the west side of Ambergris Caye, goes up through the many lagoons of the northern part of the island to the Bacalar Chico channel and to Robles Point on the east side of the island. Teams will camp overnight, and continue racing again at 6:00 am the next day. Central Park in San Pedro Town is the finish line and it is always an exciting time to see the kayakers take those final strokes pushing to the finish line.

Applications for the 2018 race are now available at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office or at the Seaduced by Belize office.

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Mark your calendars! The 2018 Lagoon-Reef Eco-Challenge takes place on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th. Those interested in taking on the challenge can find our more via email: [email protected]

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BTB and Love FM join forces to host first ever Sea Challenge Kayak Race

In seeking to continue highlighting the beauty of Belize and its Caribbean coast, Love FM and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) have partnered to bring a new sport challenge; the Belize Sea Challenge. The competition will see kayakers compete in a 218- mile race starting from Punta Gorda Town in Southern Belize on Thursday, May 17th, and culminating on Monday, May 21st in Corozal Town, northern Belize. The race features fabulous station prizes and is expected to raise the marketing bar on Belize as the ultimate tourist adventure destination.

The five-day race will be divided into three categories (male, female, and mixed) and will make overnight stops in Placencia Village, Dangriga Town, Belize City, and San Pedro Town. All kayaks must be double-seated open water sea kayaks, and up to 20 feet long. According to BTB's Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, Karen Pike, this will be an opportunity to focus on Belize's coastal properties. "This will definitely highlight some of our culture, some of our local communities and just give them exposure and know that BTB fully supports them," said Pike. The idea of the race is to also expose Belize in terms of its approach to marine life sustainability. "This will be brought out in the various promotions, something that is very important on a global scale," said Pike.

Teams interested in participating can have up to four paddlers, two of which must start and complete the race each day in order to achieve official ranking and place. The third or fourth paddler will be allowed to enter the race at the changing points assigned. These include Avalon Caye, Monkey River, Riversdale, Hopkins, Gales Point Manatee Bar, Old Belize, St. George's Caye, Caye Caulker, Blackadore Caye, and Sarteneja. The team's captain will be responsible for the actions of his team and communicate with the race committee.

During the five-day race, the first three teams arriving the respective finishing points will receive cash station prizes. The first team arriving at each station will win $1,000, while the second team will receive $500 and the third $250. At the end of the race in Corozal Town, overall winners will be awarded with a trophy and more cash prizes. First place will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and the BTB/ Love Belize grand trophy. The team in second place overall will be awarded $500 and the third place will receive $250. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

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

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