This world-renowned sport, “La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge”, attracts thousands of spectators and international media along the Belize and Macal River as the canoe racers push through an intense 4day/170 miles of sustained teamwork. If you’re visiting Belize during March 8 – 11th, 2013, make sure to cheer on your favorite team as they race to claim the coveted title and Kinich Ahuo trophy.
Start the tradition as this event celebrates its 15th Anniversary this March 11th, 2013! La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge was designed in recognition of Belize’s Ancient Maya settlers’ historic usage of the rivers to travel and transport goods throughout the country. This race was created by Richard Harrison of Big-H Enterprises as a means of uniting different groups consisting of professional and amateur racers in a fun and enduring match, for the records!
Canoeing was (also) a primary means of travel for Belizeans, now turned leisure sport and a popular activity for travelers to get an intimate tour of Belize’s lush river banks and wildlife.
Day 1 – The arduous battle begins in San Ignacio, Cayo District, at 7:00 a.m., and stops in Banana Bank.
Day 2 – Racers make their way to the river bank at approximately 6:30 a.m., for the grueling journey from Banana Bank to Double Head Cabbage, Belize District.
Day 3 – Cheer the teams as they race against each other starting at 8:00 a.m., to the beautiful Burrell Boom, Belize District.
Day 4 – With the finish line only a few miles away, the fourth day is both intense and suspenseful for both racers and spectators as cheering echoes along the way, starting in Burrell Boom to the Belchina Bridge in Belize City!
Be among the crowd of spectators at the finishing line, and enjoy the lineup of exciting activities, including a greasy pole contest and the award ceremony. Bring out the family and indulge in tasty foods and beverages, also on sale. Celebrate La Ruta Maya tradition with new friends, dance to the music and take pictures with your favorite team!
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Video of the day dolphin overtakes Ruta Maya Canoe Race 2013 in the Belize River – only in Belize!