Belize Bank Bulldogs defend title at the 15th annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The 15th Annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge 2013, sponsored by Belikin, saw 64 teams in various categories starting the four-day challenge. The competition kicked off on Friday March 8th from the foot of the Hawksworth Bridge on the Macal River between the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. By the end of the 180 mile race on Monday March 12th, The Belize Bank Bulldogs defended their title, winning the race by accumulative time, three (3) seconds ahead of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) team.

The first leg of the race, consisting of approximately 46 miles, saw the paddlers winding and dodging down the Macal without losing focus and determined to make it to Banana Bank Lodge. The first team to cross the first day’s finishing line was Belize Bank’s Bulldogs, closely followed behind by BTL Cobbs Arm and Ziprider.
The second day of the challenge, the longest of the four days, was vigorous and tested the paddlers’ stamina and perseverance throughout the 60 grueling miles. From Banana Bank Lodge on the Macal River to Double Head Cabbage on the Belize River, each team tried to capitalize as much on their time. That determination allowed Westrac to cross the finishing line 11 seconds ahead of Belize Bank’s Bulldog and 46 seconds ahead of Ziprider.

By day three of the race, from Double Head Cabbage to Burrell Boom, the challenge was beginning to take a slightly new turn. The 36 miles of paddling was now in deeper water and required more experience and skills. However, Belize Bank’s Bulldogs were back in the lead at the end of the third day, crossing first at Burrel Boom; NICH followed five seconds after, while Ziprider drew up in third.
The final day, which normally attracts thousands along the bank of the Belize River, is the shortest of all. The 25 miles from Burrell Boom Village to Belize City was completed in less than three hours. First to cross the finishing line at the foot of the Belcan Bridge was Ziprider who finished in 2 hours – 42 minutes and 24 seconds. Ziprider made it ahead of NICH by three seconds and ahead of Belize Bank Bulldogs by nine seconds. It was an impressive finish on the fourth day, but when totaling the cumulative time Belize Bank’s Bulldogs placed 1st overall, thus defending thier title from the previous year. Coming second was NICH, while third place was taken by Ziprider.


Below are the winners by category and total time:

1st Place – Belize Bank Bulldogs – 18 hours, 31 minutes and 21 seconds
2nd Place – NICH – 18 hours, 31 minutes and 24 seconds
3rd Place – Ziprider – 18 hours, 32 minutes and 10 seconds
4th Place – Westrac – 18 hours, 38 minutes and 32 seconds
5th Place – BTL Cobbs Arm – 18 hours, 39 minutes and 25 seconds
6th Place – Natius – 19 hours, 17 minutes and 20 seconds
7th Place – Oceana Wavemakers – 19 hours, 24 minutes and 1 second
8th Place – LTHS Sprouts – 19 hours, 29 minutes and 8 seconds
9th Place – UB Black Jaguars – 19 hours, 31 minutes and 43 seconds
10th Place – Coast Guardian – 19 hours, 37 minutes and 35 seconds

Male Category
1st Place – Belize Bank Bulldogs, 2nd Place – NICH and 3rd Place – Ziprider.

1st Place – Vicious Ambitious Delicious, 2nd Place – UB Lady Black Jaguars and 3rd Place – Loan Wait Bembeh

Family Adventure
1st Place – 3 IN 1. The other two teams did not complete the race.

1st Place – Natius, 2nd Place – LTHS Sprouts and 3rd Place – UB Black Jaguars

1st Place – Police Crime Fighters, 2nd Place – Print Belize Ltd/Ryan Wrobel and 3rd Place – Majic Carpet

1st Place – Oceana Wavemakers, 2nd Place – Sea Sports Watta a Ting and 3rd Place – Grumpy Old Men

1st Place – Coast Guardian, 2nd Place – Lost & Found and 3rd Place – The Good, The Bob and The Panty.

Of the 64 teams that participated, 59 completed the race while five dropped out. The San Pedro Sun joins the organizers of the Annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge Committee in congratulating all winners and participants in 2013 La Ruta Maya River Challenge.

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