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Screen_Shot_2014-03-12_at_8.10.40_PMThe annual La Ruta Maya Belize Endurance Canoe race concluded on Monday March 10th. The four day challenge is the longest of its kind in Central America and sees the participation of local and international teams. It involves a course of one hundred and seventy miles of paddling on the Belize River and has proven to be a true test of stamina. The race starts in San Ignacio Town and is carried over a course of four days.


This year, first place was won by the Belize Bank team, second place by NICH and third by Cobb’s Arm, a team from Orange Walk. Today we spoke with Manager Grimoaldo Cobb who says the team is proud of the achievement as this is the first time they have landed in third place after being in the race for fourteen years.

Grimoaldo Cobb – Manager

“Un tercer lugar se oye lejos del primero pero estando en el rio lo ves que es muy difícil llegar a tercero, no todo lo hacer, todos lo quieren pero nadie puede llegar ni el primer cinco. Podíamos llegar primero o segundo pero uno de nuestros canalete ros se lastimo y el primer día terminaron dos de ellos nada más causando que nos dejen un poquito lejos pero el otro año vamos a tener una mejor tecnología en la carrera o una mejor canoa porque este una es una canoa más pesada que está en los primeros cinco cayucos pesa ochenta libras y los otros pesan veinte y cinco. El otro año tenemos que hacer mejor porque invierten mucho en nosotros para hacer el ganador y necesitamos hacer mejor para representar aunque ellos están conformes con el tercer lugar porque no cualquiera consigue el tercer lugar es muy difícil.”

Cobb says the race was started by a family team but it gradually moved on to include other members. Before this year’s proud win, the team had placed fourth for two consecutive years.  They are sponsored by BTL for the past three years and according to Cobb, the company has promised to sponsor them for the coming race.

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