It was an impressive start of the Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge 2013 as 20 teams entered this year’s race, now in its ninth year. The kick off was a little after 7a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, and the final leg of the race ended at Central Park the next day Sunday, July 7, 2013. It was a senior, junior and female race this year and taking the top prize was Team Happy Cow for the senior division.
A large crowd gathered at Central Park to cheer for all the paddlers who took part in the grueling two-day challenge of kayaking around the northern part of the island and back to town the following day. All teams started at a very fast pace and showed much strength and endurance.
After camping at the first pit stop overnight and rejuvenating their energies the paddlers were off the next day and about midday hundreds of island residents were at the Central Park waiting for them to come in and cheer them on. Great music was provided by DJ Habo and there were lots to eat and drink.
Team Happy Cow and Team Sparta Boys were head to head throughout the competition but in the end of the gruesome race it was Team Happy Cow that took 1st place. With much exhaustion all the teams made it to the finish line; but there were some drop outs. Congratulations to all teams who participated. The following are the results for this year’s Lagoon Reef Eco Challenge:
1st Place - #10 (Happy Cow - Happy Cow/Toucan Too - Alfred Lopez & Byron Cruz)
2nd Place - #4 (Sparta Boys – Regina & Nereidy Gonzalez - Jesus Linares & Sergio Lopez)
3rd Place - #14 (Las Tortugas - Belizean Shores - Edwin Casasorda & Cesaer Salazar)
4th Place - #13 (Team Two G - Coco Beach - Charles Garay & Arden Garay)
5th Place - #9 (Indecency Boys - Jose Villamil & Jesse Smith)
6th Place - #16 (Belize Coast Guard Wave Runners - Belize Coast Guards - James Alford & Janaton Alford)
7th Place – #3 (Watch Dogs - Advance Alarm Systems International - Jimmy Polonio & Tony Salazar)
8th Place - #20 (Licks Beach Side - Mario Cervoni - Irvin Chacon & Mario Chimal)
9th Place - #19 (Dream Team - Tobin Pace & Jason Trapp)
10th Place – #7 (Casa Picasso - Casa Picasso - Alejandro Coba & J. Juterez)
11th Place - #11 (Tropic Air GHQ - Tropic Air - Kenrick Duncan & Ezekiel Myvette)
1st Place - #15 (Guydis Remedy - Chris Guydis - Wilberto Daniels & Alfonso Lind)
2nd Place – #6 (Super Buy Boys - Super Buy - Brian Bradley & Roy Bradley)
3rd Place - #2 (Watta Dogs – BECOL - Armin Lopez & Alexander Cruz)
4th Place - #12 (Dos Chingones – Xanadu Resort – Brian Guardado & Erick Hernandez)
5th Place - # 5 (Blue Water Grill Boys – Blue Water Grill – Alex Pineda & Daniel Nah)
1st Place - #18 (Peace Makers – Hon. Elvin Penner – Ruth Cruz & Audrey Moody)
2nd Place - #1 (Come and Get it – BECOL – Joanna Lopez & Linnet Lopez)