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2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

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2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 02/22/19 12:36 PM

La Ruta Maya Launch Party 2019

The 2019 La Ruta Maya is just 2 weeks away, March 8. The Launch Party will be on Thursday, and will be the biggest one yet. They'll have Supa G, TR Shine, XBand, and the New Sensation Band. They'll have fireworks too.

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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/04/19 07:33 PM

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Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge is here!

Like Christmas falls on December 25th, and our Belize Independence Day is September 21st, so does the Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge land on the weekend of National Heroes and Benefactors Day (formerly Baron Bliss Day). March 9th is the official holiday, so whichever Friday or Monday is closest is the Public and Bank Holiday, making for a nice long weekend for spectators, participants, sponsors and last-minute enthusiasts to flock to one of the many observation posts to catch teams paddling the Macal River and into the Belize River in what is considered the most grueling canoe race in Belize.

Spread across four days, this race is one of the most anticipated annual events, taking paddlers through a 175-mile route that starts in the Cayo District and ends in the Belize District. 2019 will see the race begin in the early morning of Friday, March 8th from the Hawkesworth Bridge that divides the twin towns of San Igancio and Santa Elena, Cayo District. The race actually ends at the Belchina Bridge in Belize City on Monday, March 11th, but throughout the long weekend, there are stops at the riverside communities along the way.

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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/08/19 11:35 AM

Belikin La Ruta Maya Launch Party last night in San Ignacio

La Ruta Maya River Challenge 2019 sets off

The La Ruta Maya River Challenge kicked off earlier tonight in Cayo. The annual event first began in 1998 and has blossomed into one of the biggest annual sporting events in the country. It brings together hundreds of Belizeans to take part in and witness four days of endurance of the elements on the River. The event also promotes environmental awareness. We spoke with one of the organizers and some paddlers who have been in the race for years.

DJ Special: This race is going to be a very competitive one unlike any other because some of the older people who used to be paddling are back in the race again so it is going to be a great race this year as well.”

Dalila Ical: “The event kicked off at 6 PM today with a lineup of local musicians and even fireworks. The San Ignacio, Santa Elena Town Council is collaborating with the organization of the event this year. On day one the race takes off at the Hawks-worth Bridge in San Ignacio to Banana Bank.

DJ Special: “Into Banana Bank that is one of the most quiet stops and right after that we pick up steam at Banana Bank and go into Double Head Cabbage and Double Head Cabbage will be buzzing. On the third day which will be on Sunday we paddled into Burrell Boom where there is $3000 sitting on the line courtesy of Beeline Internet and we must thank Mr. Glen Godfrey for that as well and Beeline Services for the accommodations of their lot that we are using along the river. This is our third year using that location and everyone is happy and excited. We have sold a lot of booths for that area so it is going to be super busy and lots of booths have been sold out for that area as well. There is so much going on there from bounce house for the kids, to food, exotic food, game meat, good music and we have of course the Sweet Pain Band that is going to be there along with Seawalls the Paranda Prince and of course the man who brought all the great “bruk down” to the River Valley all the time Harrison Daggy King is going to the be there and the New Sensation Band so we have a combination of great cultural music, activities and great food at the fair. Don’t forget that $3000 is on the line at Burrell Boom to one single winner but you have got to finish the race.”

Dalila Ical: “Many of the teams and individual participants have been in the race for many years. Tyrique Thompson a paddler on the ICJ Referendum team has been part of the race since 2013.”

Tyrique Thompson: “It is competitive, the depth of the water is really low right now so basically it would be more intense and along with teams that are really fast in the category at this point.”

Dalila Ical: “Chris Guydes of the Vicent Guydes Canoe team has been in the race pretty much since it has started and has his eye on some of the strongest contenders this year.”

Chris Guydes: “NICH will be a fast team in crunch time and the other that another that will be fast is the ICJ Team, they are pretty fast too so there are in the top three fastest teams and then you have the Coast Guard, they are also fast so it will be really interesting.

Dalila Ical: “The last leg of the race is going to be in Burrell Boom to Belize City where our grand celebration is going to take place at the Civic Center. It is a family event that starts at 3 o’clock in the afternoon featuring live music and various presenters. Dalila Ical Love News.”

Entrance fees at Burrell Boom and the Civic Center are ten dollars for adults and five for children.

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The people behind La Ruta Maya Challenge

Earlier we took a look at day one of the La Ruta Maya River Challenge and as the teams take a break and prepare for the second leg of the race, we take a look at what it takes to put the race together. More so, we look at some of the key elements of the race and those who work together to make it all happen. Dalila Ical reports.

The race continues Saturday.

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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/08/19 01:03 PM

LIVE 22nd Annual Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge

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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/09/19 11:21 AM

NICH Leads Ruta Maya

Today was day one of the 2019 Ruta Maya competition and the NICH team led by repeat champion is the leader after day one.

The race started out at 7:00 from the Hawkesworth Bridge in Cayo and went to the first stop in Banana Bank.

The NICH team is three minutes ahead of Burn Box, and "Be Informed" - which is the ICJ team running in third.

They can make up the gap during tomorrow's leg, which is the longest at 60 miles - and goes from Banana Bank to Double Head Cabbage.

You can see race highlites every morning here on Channel 7 right up to the finish on Monday which we will have for you live.

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Ruta Maya Day #1
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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/09/19 12:11 PM

22nd Annual Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

The twenty-second Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge began today at the foot of the Hawkesworth Bridge in Santa Elena. Sixty-one teams of paddlers registered to take on one hundred and eighty miles of river in four days. The longest leg was completed today; after forty-nine gruelling miles of paddling, defending champions, NICH, won by a margin of three minutes. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

Duane Moody, Reporting

It took just over five hours along the Belize River before the first trio of paddlers made it to the finish line at Banana Bank in the Cayo District. The first leg of the Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge was complete and defending champions, Team NICH, was first to cross the tape in five hours, two minutes and fifty-one seconds. Brothers Efrain, Felix and Hener Cruz are going for a repeat victory.

Hener Cruz, Team NICH

“The strategy…we had a plan this morning that if we get a lead, we are going to try to hold it and see what we can do and let those guys chase and our plan worked. We got like three minutes gap over them. Tomorrow we don’t have to work hard. We just gotta keep with those guys and take it to the line. So that’s all we gotta do: maintain our game, play our game and see what happens tomorrow.”

Three minutes and ten seconds later Crunch Time sponsored by Burn Box and National Aggregates would take second place in five hours, six minutes and one second. While the forty-nine-mile leg is arguably the most difficult of the four days, for the Crunch Time paddlers a mishap with their canoe also slowed them down.

Jerry Cante, Team Crunch Time

“This dah one of the hardest stretch so we knew this stretch would take much energy from all team, not only one team. We gotta go home and work on our canoe because this morning, we had an incident and our canoe break so we gotta go and fix that first before we take any other decision for tomorrow.”

Duane Moody

“You think that was what hampered you guys today?”

Jerry Cante

“Well actually yes, because water was going in and it was too much water for us to be bailing out and so it keep us back a little bit. But you know everything in the race.”

Duane Moody

“You guys came right behind NICH; I think it is a three-minute gap. How do you intend to close that in, in the next couple legs?”

Jerry Cante

“We know a three-minute gap is a lot of time to put on those guys, but nothing is impossible. But we will go and give our all and see what we can do in the last three days.”

There are a total of sixty-one canoes registered in the twenty-second annual canoe race that will travel approximately one hundred and eight miles of river. The race has become very competitive and the engineering behind the canoes has improved. But while the number of paddlers competing has decreased, Vice President Roberto Harrison says that the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is more than meets the eye.

Roberto Harrison, Vice President, La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

“We are also cognizant of the fact that the river needs a lot of attention from an environmental standpoint. There is a lot of history behind this river so we are trying to promote that as well. So we have all packaged it and even now so with the entrepreneurial part of it coming out more and more….people look forward to this race to sell products, to sell food. So I think we have done very well with all the aspects of the race.”

Channel 5




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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/09/19 07:02 PM

LIVE The Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge Coverage 2019 Day 2


Results after Day Two




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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/10/19 06:12 PM

Day Three....

Live: The Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge 2019 Day 3



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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/11/19 06:12 PM

Live: The Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge 2019 Day 4.

Above was earlier in the day, below here is the live video now...

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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/11/19 11:39 PM

NICH with the big win today.

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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/12/19 05:12 PM


22nd Annual Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

The twenty-second Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge began today at the foot of the Hawkesworth Bridge in Santa Elena. Sixty-one teams of paddlers registered to take on one hundred and eighty miles of river in four days. The longest leg was completed today; after forty-nine gruelling miles of paddling, defending champions, NICH, won by a margin of three minutes. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.
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Re: 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge - 03/13/19 11:51 AM

NICH Wins Again; the Results of the Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

The team from NICH established itself as a force at the start of the four-day Ruta Maya River Challenge race. Covering as much as one hundred and eighty miles, sixty-one teams took off from San Ignacio on Friday and paddled their way to Belize City on Monday morning. NICH would go on to win the race with an eight minute lead between second place winners, Crunch Time, a new comer to the river challenge. News Five’s Duane Moody has the highlights of the four-day event.

Duane Moody, Reporting

NICH wins the 2019 Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge. After four gruelling days of canoeing from the foot of the Hawkesworth Bridge in San Ignacio to the Civic Centre in Belize City via the Macal/Belize River, brothers Efrain, Felix and Hener Cruz are repeat champions, beating out some sixty other trios of competing paddlers in the twenty-second edition of the canoe race.

Hener Cruz, Team NICH

“We just wanted to heng with the guys and bring it here to the tape, but when we got into the canal, we saw that we could get away so that’s what we did; we just took it.”

From day-one, NICH was able to create a three-minute, ten seconds gap, making them poised to take the title once again. But the teams of Crunch Time and I.C.J. Referendum Unit were not giving up that easily. Crunch Time had to repair its canoe which broke during the first leg. It was the second longest stretch and Jerry Cante spoke of having to bail out the canoe while paddling to the finish line.

Jerry Cante, Team Crunch Time [File: March 8th, 2019]

“This dah one of the hardest stretch so we knew this stretch would take much energy from all team, not only one team. We gotta go home and work on our canoe because this morning, we had an incident and our canoe break so we gotta go and fix that first before we take any other decision for tomorrow.”

Duane Moody

“You think that was what hampered you guys today?”

Jerry Cante

“Well actually yes, because water was going in and it was too much water for us to be bailing out and so it keep us back a little bit. But you know everything in the race.”

Duane Moody

“You guys came right behind NICH; I think it is a three-minute gap. How do you intend to close that in, in the next couple legs?”

Jerry Cante

“We know a three-minute gap is a lot of time to put on those guys, but nothing is impossible. But we will go and give our all and see what we can do in the last three days.”

…and fully motivated for day-two, Crunch Time would go on to win the longest leg, which ended in Double Head Cabbage. It was a race to the finish line with the I.C.J. Referendum Unit Team; NICH came third. Tareek Thompson says that unlike the other teams which had almost six months to prepare, they were late in getting sponsorship and had only a month and a half of training. Although fatigue with blistered hands, this area is his team’s stomping grounds and they were ready to show it.

Tareek Thompson, I.C.J. Referendum Unit Team

“Basically we had a good start this morning, but like I said, the guys are much more stronger than us. They have more training so that was expected. Today was kinda longish, but we let them get away too far and by the time we tried to chase back, it was too late.”

…and so going into the final day of the competition, NICH led overall by a eight minute gap over Crunch Time and the I.C.J. Referendum Unit teams, who were neck and neck in the race for second place. There was a hiccup reaching the Haulover Creek and it cost the I.C.J. team, but they nevertheless fought to the end. It was an impressive show of sportsmanship and talent by these paddlers who throughout the race demonstrated their tenacity and love for the sport.

Tareek Thompson

“The weather was with us, but basically the headwind was massive coming down to the city. The wind was really hard against us so that made it a little challenging as well.”

Kenrick Daniels, I.C.J. Referendum Unit Team

“We were in third place; the second place team stopped for the service and we couldn’t get across them and NICH just went and they slowed us down and it is hard to overtake in that canal so we couldn’t come around. And we wanted to come around and try to catch them back but the team was in front of us and it was really hard to come around.”

No stranger to the sport is Armin Lopez, who has won ten of the twenty years that he has competed in the canoe competition. Paddling for PACT this year in the male category, Lopez says that his family has several athletes in the sport.

Reporter

“Will you ever ride in the masters?”

Armin Lopez, Team PACT

“Yes. I won last year [in the masters category] with my dad.”

Reporter

“You won last year as masters with your dad. And now as well you have children involved in this race?”

Armin Lopez

“Yes, I have my son paddling with Mister Dean Williams. And I want to say thanks to PACT and all the team that came out because without them…they big you up and make you get strong, you don’t know from where you get strength but thanks to them.”

Slim and Trim Like Guava Limb, which had the youngest paddlers, ages fifteen and eleven, won the inter-mural category which is for students between fourteen and twenty-four. They also placed twelfth overall out of the sixty-one teams that competed this year. Duane Moody for News Five.

Channel 5

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