A Few Facts About The Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010

by Captain Bill

A few facts about The Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010.

Mike Collis triumphantly finishes the Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010

The 12th annual Great River Amazon Raft Race has come and gone in 2010. It was a big success. Congratulations to everyone who participated. You are all winners in my book. Special congratulations to my friends Gringa Linda Flynn, and Mad Mick, Mike Collis.

Linda was the president of  the Amazon Rafting Club, and the principle organizer of this race, in partnership with the regional government. Linda completed her 4th consecutive race with her raft and team Vamos Ya, Let’s Go Right Now, and finished in the money, at 2nd place in the mixed teams. You did a great job Linda and we are proud of you.

Mike Collis is the founder of the Great River Amazon Raft Race. He participated as a paddler for the first time this year, and finished the race in good style. He told me; “Bill, it was harder than I thought it would be!” That’s what everyone says, but he did it!

Another friend of ours, Melvin Lawrence, was always a big supporter of the race. Melvin passed away in 2007, was cremated and had his ashes spread on the Amazon during the 2008 Great River Amazon Raft Race. His daughter Tara pledged $1,000 to help the street children of Iquitos if Mike completed the race, which he did.

The winner of the 2010 Great River Amazon Raft Race is Increibles de Padre Cocha. Second place goes to their cousins, The Ivincibles de Padre Cocha. The winning foreign team is Alpenstoff.

There were 49 crews and rafts from 18 countries, including a crew from Iran and one from Israel.

The logistics of organizing the longest raft race in the world on the largest river, in one of the most remote and primitive areas in the world for 120 miles (the shortcuts were closed) is difficult to imagine. This year it involved serving 1,700 hygienic meals in 4 locations, requiring a mobile kitchen, with tables and chairs and a boat to move all the food and equipment plus all the pure water the participants can drink, and of course there had to be some beer.

The Great River Amazon Raft Race Blog 2010 attracted 210 comments, and 6,000 views, 5,230 of which were unique views, and the average time on site was 4 minutes, 39 seconds.

At the finish line of The Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010

The Great River Amazon Raft Race was good for the economy of Iquitos. The hotels were full, tours and cruises were arranged, restaurants and bars along the boulevard did a brisk business, motocarros, jungle guides, and street piranhas were kept busy hustling, hardware stores sold ropes, nails and other equipment, pharmacies sold sunscreen, insect repellent, and medicines. Stories, photos and video are circulating on the internet and in print. Iquitos is on the map!

My favorite stories about the raft race are; The Great River Amazon Raft Race 2009, by Caleb Whitaker; Adrenalin Rafting, The Great Amazon Raft Race 2009, by Barry Brett; and Iquitos Peru And The Great River Amazon Raft Race, by Bill Grimes.

A few facts about The Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010.

Bill Grimes retired from the Great River Amazon Raft Race this year to concentrate on making the new Dawn on the Amazon Café the best place for you to enjoy delicious food and drink in Iquitos Peru.

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