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The great Amazon raft race


Rafters, canoeists, rowers and adventurers from all over the world will be converging on Iquitos, Peru this September. They will have travelled thousands of miles to compete in the “Longest Raft Race in the World“.

The Great River Amazon Raft Race is a 3 day, 132 mile race down the mighty River Amazon from the small town of Nauta to the city of Iquitos . The four person teams will be paddling near identical lightweight balsa wood log rafts. The organisers are expecting over 50 local teams to compete who will battle against raft crews from Russia, U.S.A. England , Australia , Canada , Ecuador and the Saki Dragonboat Racing Team from Hong Kong are also likely to compete. The Organiser of the race Mike Collis said he expects even more countries to participate as September gets closer.

The teams will be competing for more than $7,000 in cash prizes, but if history repeats itself foreign teams can only hope to win the Foreigners Prize the “Ernst and Edith Schneider Trophy”. Last years race was won by a team from the village of Padre Cocha called “Los Invincibles” who completed the course in an incredible time of only 13 hours and 46 minutes over the 3 days. They were closely followed by their cousins “Los Increibles” from the same village who were only 4 minutes behind. The fastest ladies team were also from Padre Cocha meaning that their village carried away all last year’s  prizemoney. These teams, we have
heard, are already in training for this years race and they again hope to carry back to Padre Cocha the bag of cash.

For more on this race please look at the website on ;

www.iquitostimes.com/raft-race-2007.htm

Anyone interesting in taking part should contact  Mike collis by e mail on; michaelcollis@hotmail.com. Closing date for entries 7th September 2007.     

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