La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge 2018 to Be Held March 9-12

The La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge made its debut on March 9, 1998, and today it has become Belize’s longest canoe race, and one of the longest in Central America. The 21st annual event will be held this coming weekend, March 9-12, 2018. Currently known as the Belikin La Ruta Maya, it brings together professional and amateur paddlers from all over the world who take on the four day grueling challenge of paddling 175 miles of the Belize Old River. In addition to its attraction as an endurance sport, the event is intended to raise conservation awareness and environmental consciousness for the river and its habitat.

The highlight of Day 1 is the energetic and magnificent start of the race from the Hawkesworth Bridge in San Ignacio. This leg ends at Banana Bank. Day 2 is from Banana Bank Lodge to Double Head Cabbage, followed by Day 3 to Burrell Boom. The fourth and final day culminates in Belize City, with a festive event at the finish to celebrate the winners. The event is traditionally held annually on the weekend of the National Heroes and Benefactors Day public and bank holiday in Belize.

Visitors can participate in this race, or enjoy it as a spectator as a part of their Belize vacation. If you would like to find out more, visit 

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