Day 1 of Team Occoquan-Prince William’s 4-day, 170-mile canoe race through Belize is a 49-mile leg on March 8 that starts in San Ignacio and ends at Banana Bank, near the capital city of Belmopan. Along the way the team will pass the Baking Pot Ferry, a hand-crank ferry that brings cars and pedestrians across the river. Roughly 5 miles to the north is the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout. Here some 2,000 Mennonites are Belize’s primary producer of dairy, meat, poultry, and produce. Later along the first-day’s route Team Occoquan-Prince William will pass the Iguana Creek Bridge, where people are known to gather and watch the race teams pass by. The day will end at Banana Bank, a jungle and pasture-covered area of some 6 square miles near the capital city of Belmopan. In 1961 a hurricane destroyed Belize City on the Atlantic coast. It was as a result of this devastation that ten years later Belizeans decided to construct a new inland capital, and thus Belmopan was born.
Team Occoquan-Prince William will be participating in the Belikin La Ruta Maya 2019 Belize River Challenge March 8 through March 11. Please consider supporting our efforts as we compete and raise funds for ACTS and CASA of Prince William. You can pledge 10 cents, 20 cents, or more per mile of our 170-mile journey by clicking here and filling out the pledge form. We will collect from you after the race and your entire pledge will go to ACTS and CASA.
And please remember our wonderful sponsors, including our new vehicle sponsor, Madigan's Waterfront Restaurant.