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Eco-Challenge kayakers finish 42-mile, 2-day feat of endurance

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Eco-Challenge winners Cesar Salazar and Irvin Humes of Team Coco Beach cross the finish line in front of Central Park, San Pedro Town, Belize. The finish of the 42-mile, two-day kayak race around Ambergris Caye drew a big crowd to the beach.
Eco-Challenge winners Cesar Salazar and Irvin Humes of Team Coco Beach cross the finish line in front of Central Park, San Pedro Town, Belize. The finish of the 42-mile, two-day kayak race around Ambergris Caye drew a big crowd to the beach.

Given its advantage point as the restaurant closest to the finish line for the 10th annual Lagoon Reef Eco-Challenge kayak race, it was no surprise that business on Sunday morning was booming in Estel’s Dine by the Sea.

Yet, somehow, Rose and I ended up with the front corner table, closest to Central Park and the finish line. From this vantage point we could look far down the beach, and catch glimpses of the sea between piers and palapas.

Sooner or later — later, as it turned out — the brightly colored kayaks of the lead boats would appear. Read the rest of this entry »

Around-the-island Eco-challenge race begins

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kayak8The 10th Annual Lagoon Reef Eco-challenge took off this morning at 7:30 from El Embarcadero, on the lagoon side of Ambergris Caye and by my frantic count as they rounded the first set of mangrove trees there were about 20 two-person boats in the race.

Some time today, the kayakers will pull into  the Basil Jones Area in Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve at the very north end of this island. Tomorrow starting around 9 a.m. they “sprint” down the reef side of the island and into Central Park in downtown San Pedro Town.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Read the rest of this entry »