1st Annual Reef/Lagoon Challenge

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 15, No. 13            March 30, 2005

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The 1st Annual Reef/Lagoon Challenge has been set, this magnum event spearheaded between SEAduced and Green Reef, will officially kick off on April 23rd, 2005. The challenge, which consists of a two-day kayak race, is aimed at promoting awareness to conserve and protect the lagoon and barrier reef.

     The race will begin at the Old Football Field Marina at 7:00 a.m., after those participating get their stomachs full with breakfast (which will certainly be needed for the hours ahead of them). The course has been marked and will lead teams (comprised of three different categories – female, male, and co-ed) through the different lagoons on the island. The route has them going through Laguna Cayo Francesa – Rio Santa Cruz – Bacalar Chico – and then to the Belize/Mexico border – Laguna de Cantena – Laguna Robles – and then a ten-minute walk to the East side of the beach – then head south to Basil Jones’ Tranquility Bay. The first kayak to arrive at this designated stop will win $1,000 courtesy of Pany Arceo. At Tranquility Bay, racers will camp out and a scrumptious, island dinner will be provided to the hungry contestants.

     The second day, the race has the teams making their way to Mar de Tumbo where Green Reef will be conducting its annual Green Reef Festival. Prizes will be presented during a special ceremony during the festival.

     Registration fee is $50 per team. Teams must consist of two persons and kayaks will be provided for the race. A brief meeting will be held the night before the race on April 22nd, at the San Pedro Town Hall where the rules and route will be explained.

     Elito Arceo of Seaduced told The San Pedro Sun that those involved in the planning process are very excited and hope that this event will continue for years to come. “Those we have approached love the idea and everyone is so excited. I can certainly say that this race will be lots of fun for all participants.”

     For further information, kindly contact Green Reef at 226-2833.

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