La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is a grueling multi-day canoe race traveling a perilous river route across the country of Belize. The route runs West to East along the Macal and Belize Rivers, once the only link between beautiful San Ignacio, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, and the bustling port of Belize City. This is a race for everyone (not just professional racers)!
There are 8 divisions for the race:
- Pleasure craft
- Family Adventure Race
The canoes leave from San Ignacio and take a four day journey to Belize City. They stop at Banana Bank, Double Head Cabbage, Henderson Bank in Burrell Boom then end the race in Belize City.
The race was founded by Roberto Harrison and his cousin Richard Harrison. As the race grew, other members of the Harrison Family have taken over the running of the race. It was managed by Dr. Aline Harrison and her brother Roberto Harrison in 2013. She continues to manage it with Roberto as she teaches in New Mexico. The Belize Brewing Company entered the race as corporate partners in 2013 eighteen days before the race in order to assist the Harrisons with the ground logistics. Belikin continues to manage the ground logistics and the Harrisons manage the race on the water. It’s a very good partnership that assures the race of growing each year and being a very fun event for both the paddlers and the spectators. The race brings commerce to the Belize River Valley as it travels down the river and builds a celebratory event at its stops. The Village Councils are instrumental in planning events at the race stops and making sure the camp grounds are ready for the paddlers.
If you are interested in obtaining more information about the race, or would like to field a team in this year’s race, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.