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Mar 12, 2013

Sports Monday: The Belikin Ruta Maya Challenge Winner and other sporting activities

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.

 

The 15th edition of the Belikin La Ruta Maya Canoe Race gripped the nation for 4 days as it meandered down the Macal River to its amalgamation with the Mopan River which then formed the Belize or Old River that brought the 170 mile race to its natural conclusion at the Belcan Bridge here in Belize City yesterday before a huge crowd. A grand total of 63 canoes laden with 3 paddlers are in place at the starting line Friday morning for the start to this 4-stage race that would test the limits of their preparation and determination. The boats then explode with energy at the starting signal as Stage I of the race gets underway in earnest.

So we fast forward to the conclusion of Day 1 and it is Belize Bank Bulldogs with the stage win in a time of 5 hrs 16 mins 26 secs. B.T.L. Cobbs Arm took 2nd place 5 seconds later while Ziprider pulls up 3rd 8 seconds off the pace to round out the top 3. On day 2 folks, NICH was able to pick up the stage win uncontested as Belize Bank, Ziprider and Cobbs Arms all capsized giving NICH the opportunity to finish in a time of 5:45:40. Westrac also benefitted from the accident by pulling up 2nd a minutes and 32 seconds behind NICH> Belize Bank pulled up 3rd a minute and 44 seconds off the pace; Ziprider came 2 mins 18 seconds behind NICH and B.T.L. Cobbs Arms was 2 mins 57 seconds behind the leaders. However on Day 3, Belize Bank Bulldogs roared back reestablishing their dominance winning the 37 mile stage from Double Head Cabbage to Henderson Bank in Burrell Boom in 4 hrs 45 mins 4 secs. NICH who came in only 1 second behind lost ground after finishing 4 seconds off the pace and Zip rider fell further back with its time of 4 hrs 45 mins 9 seconds. Westrace held on to 4th place 3 minutes 30 seconds behind Belize Bank and Cobbs Arms found themselves 3 mins 58 seconds behind the leader.

Going into the final leg yesterday, NICH had the best chance at catching Belize Bank only 5 secs behind. However, when we checked at the Haulover Bridge, Belize Bank continued its great run with Zip rider looking to at least grab the final stage win, NICH looked to do the same thing as the 4 second lead seemed to be insurmountable now. While Westrac continued to hand on. Cobbs Arms trailed the big 4 throughout the event. So we go to money line at the Belcan Bridge here in Belize City. NICH jumps on the lead in the race to the finish line, Belize Bank tries to overtake on the outside, but it is Zip Rider on the inside that finds the momentum and with a sudden burst overtake NICH to grab the 30 mile stage win in 2 hrs 42 mins 28 secs. Belize Bank pulls up 3rd. Westrac would paddle in 4th while Cobbs Arm rounds out the top 5 in the male class. Nevertheless Belize Bank Bulldogs picks up its 9th La Ruta Maya title with a total time of 18:31:21. NICH took 2nd in 18:31:24 and Zip Rider , 3rd in 18:32:10

Meanwhile the canoe in the middle crossing the finish line before the others is natius who won the Intramural Class in a total time of 19 hrs 17mins 20 secs. They beat out Oceana Wavemakers who took the master’s class in 19:24:01. Coast Guardian prevailed in the mixed class with its total time of 19:37:35. Police Crime Fighters won the Pleasure Class in 20:20:44. To your right is Vicious Ambitious Delicios who won the female class in 21:17:51 and girls your vessel name is catcy. Meanwhile folks, we’ll have a detailed look at the 2013 La Ruta Maya in a 1 hour package tentatively to be aired on Sunday night.

Turning to the cycling scene, some 60 cyclists suited for Sunday’s 32nd Annual Smart Blmopan Cycling Classic which took off to a rolling start from in front of the Smart Headquarters on the Phillip Goldson Highway. At Western Avenue, the race begins in earnest in the 100 mile event that gives an indicators as to who to look for come Holy Saturday. Giovanni Leslie of Santino’s is the first to attempt a breakaway on his own; however, he reeled in around mile 18. Around mile 29, the new wrinkle finds an established breakaway featuring Shane Vasquez, Peter Choto, Brandon Cattouse, Marlon Castillo, the American Scottie Weiss and Byron Pope and Ernest Meighan. At mile 33, the 7 man lead group have extended their lead to 3 minutes. Peter Choto grabs the Smart Card premie at mile 40 as the lead pack continue their rule over the pace. And we see them still intact as they hug the Belmopan junction heading to the turnaround point. Byron Pope takes the station prize at Comprehensive High School inside the Capital. 2 minutes 35 seconds later we find the chase group led by John Delong of the U.S. Tam in hot pursuit. Around mile 32, the lead pack has lost Ernest Meighan to the vicious pace that now boast over a 4 minute lead. At Rockville, Shane Vasquez steps up to take that premie with lead now down to 1 min 23 secs and with the many vehicles crowding the leaders its only a matter of time before they are caught.

The last station prize is taken by Peter Choto but now the lead pack has ballooned to 15 after a group of 8 led by John Delong executed the crossover. However, around mile 12, Marlon Castillo of Santino’s who set the record of 4:07:35 in 2008 and the defending Belmopan Champion, Ron Vasquez extricate themselves from the pack and here they are at mile 9 speeding towards the finish line. And here they are in the sprint for the $1500.00 top prize—Marlon Castillo pulls the trigger; Ron Vasquez responds but it’s the Santino rider with the big win n 4:29:08. Ron Vasquez of Western Spirit has to settle for 2nd. Now here’s the sprint for 3rd place and Brandon Cattouse of C-ray edges out Byron Pope of Megabytes with Richard Troyer of Western Spirit rounds out the top 5.

Meanwhile, Scottie Weiss of Veloshine took the master’s class. Marinette Flower won the female category. Oscar Quiroz prevailed in the junior level and it was Devin Azueta in the Youth Category. The next big even is the 14th annual Junior Cross Country Classic which comes up on March 24th. Oscar Quiroz goes in as defending champion.

In football news, here are the results of the PLB play over the weekend. On Saturday, Police United blanked Verdes FC 1-zip. On Sunday, the B.D.F. marched over San Felipe Barcelona 3-1. Belmopan Bandits and FC Belize battled to a scoreless stalemate and Placencia Assassins and San Ignacio FC settled for a 1-1 tie. Week 6 comes up this weekend. On Saturday 16th, Belmopan Bandits will host the Placencia Assassins at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Police United faces the B.D.F. at the MCC Grounds, FC Barcelona will be at the People’s Stadium against Verdes FC in a 3:30 start and at the Norman Broaster Stadium, San Ignacio FC will battle FC Belize.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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1 Response for “Sports Monday: The Belikin Ruta Maya Challenge Winner and other sporting activities”

  1. Storm says:

    I’m exhausted after watching their efforts, I need a cold Belikin!

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