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Last week, Oceana in Belize and its partners celebrated the Belize Barrier Reef, across the country, through open days, movie screenings, fairs and other fun, informative activities. One such activity was the 3rd Annual Ride to the Reef held on Saturday March 12, 2016. The 51 mile community ride started on Independence Hill in Belmopan City and ended at the BTL Park in Belize City. Some 85 riders signed up for the ride and countless others joined in along the Philip Goldson Highway. Riders in the peloton represented a wide cross section of organizations including OCEANA Belize, Belize Telemedia Ltd, Social Security Board, SMART, private riding clubs and general cycling enthusiasts.

The ride marks the first of several social treks across Belize organized throughout the year by various entities to promote some very worthy causes. The appeal of cycling among casual and semi-competitive riders continues its upswing as a fun and healthy way to socialize. Naturally, it has become a great medium to raise awareness and charitable contributions for notable causes such as environmental concerns, diabetes awareness, cancer awareness and educational scholarships among others.

The next ride on the calendar is hosted by the Ariel Rosado Foundation and scheduled for April 16th, 2016. The foundation provides scholarships for deserving students at various educational levels. The ride ordinarily starts at Galen University on the George Price Highway and ends in Belize City by way of the Philip Goldson Highway after traversing the Burrell Boom By-pass Road. So get on your bikes, bring a friend and get those miles in.

About Isaac Rhys

Isaac Rhys is the Managing Editor at cyclebiz.com. Based in the Belize, he started Cyclebiz in 2015 intent on attracting more attention to local bike races and its participants.

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