La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge – It’s more than just a race


The 19th annual La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge begins on March 3, 2017. Originally designed as a one-off charity event in 1998 for the purpose of raising consciousness about the Belize Old River, the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge has become one of the premier sporting events in the country.

The La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenging is a grueling four-day canoeing competition where racers in seven categories compete to be the first to traverse the Old Belize River from the Hawkesworth Bridge in San Ignacio to downtown Belize City. Starting at 7:00 AM on March 3, 2017, each three-person canoe team will face fickle currents, whitewater rapids, and overland portages to be the first to complete the 170-mile journey.

Awards are given to the first three-person canoe team to cross the finish line in Belize City in eight different categories: families, master’s (professional canoeists), intramural, dory (a traditional boat type), mixed gender, pleasure craft, all-female crews, and all-male crews. The race features mandatory rest stops at the end of each day, giving admiring crowds plenty of opportunities to cheer on their favorite teams. With an eclectic mix of professional and amateur canoe teams, the La Ruta Belize River Challenge is a great way to cheer on the athletes while promoting the conservation of Belize’s environment.

The first day of the competition, March 3, 2017, begins at the Hawkesworth Bridge in San Ignacio Town and continues on to Banana Bank. Day two of the race sees the teams sprint to be the first to check in at the mandatory rest stop at the village of Double Head Cabbage. Day three pushes teams to their limit as they traverse white water rapids on their way to the village of Burrell Boom. The final day of the challenge, March 7, 2017, will see teams pushing themselves to their limit to be the first to cross the finish line in downtown Belize City.

Visitors wanting to learn more about the La Ruta Maya River Challenge and find the best vantage points to watch all the thrilling action should contact Go Maya Belize Adventures.

Based in San Ignacio, Go Maya Belize Adventures is the premier company in the country for exciting Maya tours like exploring ceremonial caves and ancient Maya temple cities like Caracol, Xunantunich, and Caracol. Go Maya Belize Adventures can also arrange for private ground transfers, shuttle service, vacation packages, and accommodations at the finest hotels, resorts, and lodges in Belize.