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Belize Bank wins 6th annual Boom to Manatee Lookout canoe race

Ruta Maya veterans Armin Lopez, Daniel Cruz and Amado Cruz of the Belize Bank Bulldogs won the sixth annual Burrell Boom to Manatee Lookout canoe race on Saturday, January 12, the first of three races the Belize Canoe Association has organized in preparation for the 14th annual Ruta Maya River Challenge, a gruelling 140-mile race scheduled for the Baron Bliss Holiday weekend of March 9.
The Belize Bank team completed the 16 mile paddle in one hour 27 minutes and three seconds to claim the $400 first prize overall and a $150 prize as the first male team.
Oscar Cordon, Efrain and Felix Cruz in the N.I.C.H. canoe were only three seconds behind to win the $50 second prize in the elite male category, while Jerry Cante, Erwin Cruz and Henner Cruz in the Westrac canoe were only four seconds behind to finish third overall.
Chris Guydis, Euken Arnold and Tyreek Thompson of the Oceana team clocked one hour 27 minutes and 36 seconds to finish fourth overall.
The “Natius Boys”, Alfred and Armando Lopez and Byron Cruz of St. Ignatius High School clocked one hour 28 minutes and 47 seconds to place fifth overall and win the $150 prize as the first intramural team.
The “Sprouts”, Kenrick Michael and Wilberto Daniels, clocked one hour 29 minutes and 21 seconds to finish seventh overall and win the $150 prize as the first junior team.
Ruta Maya veteran Ruth Cruz Phaender has paddled every Ruta Maya, winning the female category with her sisters several times, and along with her teammates Andreas and Keron Cabb of the “Beat the Burn” team, clocked one hour 32 minutes and 40 seconds to round out the top 10 and win the $150 prize as the first mixed team.
Alfonso Lind, Alfredo Ortega and Hector Bejerano of the University of Belize “Black Jaguars” were one second behind to place 11th overall and win the $50 prize as the second intramural team.
Juan and Jeffery Carillo and Carlos Landero paddled the Chaa Creek canoe to a 12th place finish overall, clocking one hour 35 minutes and one second to win third place in the intramural category.
The Searle brothers, Johnny “Watt” and Michael, and Paul Hyde paddled their “Watt a Ting” canoe to a 13th place finish overall, clocking one hour 37 minutes and 56 seconds to win the $150 prize as the first Masters.
Jayda Guydis, Louise Rodriguez and Shanice Ferguson of the UB Lady Jaguars finished 20 seconds later, 14th overall, to win the $150 prize as the first all-girls team.
The “Grumpy Ol’ Men”: Francis Codd, Stanley Bailey and Jerry Wilkens clocked one hour 39 minutes and 13 seconds to place 15th overall and win the $50 second prize in the Masters category.
Young Ellis Metzgen, Martin Gideon and Dominique Alvarez of the “Hunter’s Boys” clocked one hour 40 minutes and 12 seconds finishing 16th overall and win the $50 prize as the second junior team; three seconds ahead of the “Meat Eaters”: Joe Fuzy, Chip Brunner and Joe Segura who finished 17th overall to place third among the Masters.
Ruta Maya veteran Rudolph Gentle, Timoteo Vanegas and Javier Alvarado paddled their “Print Belize” canoe to a 19th place finish, clocking one hour 45 minutes and 44 seconds to win the $150 prize as the first Pleasure team.
Matthew Mask of Burrell Boom Methodist Primary School and Jeffrey Seguro were only three seconds behind as they paddled their “Boomers” canoe to round out the top 20 and place third in the Juniors category.
Ruta Maya female champions Audrey Moody, Jane Usher and Ruth Cruz of the Police “Peacemakers” team finished 21st overall of the 22 canoes which began the race in one hour 48 minutes and 53 seconds to win the $50 second prize in the female category.
The next canoe race comes up on February 2, when the paddlers will race upstream against the current from the Haulover Bridge to Burrell Boom, finishing beside Black Orchid Lodge.

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