PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: The winners in three divisions of the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge have been officially announced by organizers of the event.
The race started on Friday morning underneath the historic Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio/Santa Elena on the Macal River and ended on Monday afternoon underneath the BelCan Bridge in Belize City.
The official results show that in the male division, Belize Bank Bulldogs captured first place in a total time of 17 hours 25 minutes and 13 seconds. Coming in second was NICH with a total time of 17 hours 31 minutes 42 seconds. Third place was won by BTL Cob’s Arm with a total time of 17 hours 36 minutes 26 seconds.
In the Female division, Koop Sheet Metal took first place, with a total time of 19 hours 26 minutes 45 seconds. Coming in second was Peace Makers with a time of 19 hours 42 minutes and 20 seconds. Third place was Serve the People with 19 hours 51 minutes 29 seconds.
In the Mixed division, first place was won by Black Orchid Resort with a time of 18 hours 02 minutes 48 seconds. Second place was won by Belize Coast Guard ACE in a time of 18 hours 16 minutes and 23 seconds. Third place was won by Belize Coast Guardian with a time of 18 hours 20 minutes 09 seconds.
The grueling 4-day race began in 1998 and was the brainchild of Richard Harrison with support from the business community. About 30 teams took part in the inaugural race and 16year later, the number of teams entering has more than doubled.
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