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Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2020. 2:57 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The annual La Ruta Maya Belize river challenge kicks off this Friday, March 6 at 6:00 a.m. from the Hawkesworth bridge that connects the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena.

Hundreds of canoeists will be paddling the Belize and Macal rivers from San Ignacio to Belize City, commemorating ancient Maya civilization’s legacy.

Tourists and Belizeans come out to cheer for their favorite paddling teams and many families travel along with the race and camp out.

The first canoes to enter Belize City are greeted by cheering crowds on the last day of the race, which coincides with National Heroes and Benefactors Day; a public and bank holiday.

The 175-mіlе еndurаnсе rасе has been ranked as one of the toughest races in the world.

Teams will compete in a total of 8 categories: male, female, mixed, family, masters, intramural, dory, and pleasure craft, for thousands of dollars in prizes and the bragging rights of being the toughest paddling crew in Belize.

Day 1 goes from the Hawkesworth Bridge in San Ignacio to Banana Bank.

Day 2: Banana Bank Lodge to Double Head Cabbage

Day 3: Double Head Cabbage to Burrell Boom

Day 4: Burrell Boom to Belize

Breaking Belize News (BBN) will be keeping you updated as this epic event unfolds.

 

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