16th Annual Amazon River International Raft Race 2014

by Captain Bill

Organized by Regional Government of Loreto Department of Tourism

President Ivan Vasquez Valaria

Headed by Señora Gina Guerra, Director of Tourism, Loreto, Peru

"Great River Amazon Raft Race Balsa Adventure

The River Amazon International Raft Race has been staged here in Iquitos Peru since 1999. At first it was just a one day affair attracting local people. In 2006 the race was extended to cover 180 kilometres,  or 118 miles of the mighty River Amazon over 3 days. The event has now been officially recognized as the World’s Longest Raft Race by Guinness World Records. Click the link to read more.

The rules state that each team of four must construct their own raft out of balsawood logs and other materials (which are provided) and then paddle the craft for three days through the magnificent Amazon rainforest to the finish line in Iquitos.

Happy Rafters Great River Amazon Raft Race

Happy rafters in the shade on a well constructed raft

Twelve different countries took part last year. Except for one year it seems the foreigners can never beat the local rafters who always take about four hours less over the three days to complete the course. The winners of the 2013 River Amazon International Raft Race were the “Los Invincibles” from the village of Padre Cocha. Their cousins “Los Increibles” came a very close second. The only River Amazon International Raft Race to be won by a foreign crew was in 2008 when the “Easy Living” team from the USA completed the course in a record time of 12 hours and 19 minutes. That record still stands to this day.

The next River Amazon International Raft Race will take place in September 2014. Seventeen international teams have already pledged to compete in this year’s race and now that we are in the Guinness Book of World Records we expect a record entry this year. Early enrollment is highly recommended. Join us for a great Amazon adventure.

"Sisterhood Great River Amazon Raft Race"

Sisterhood in the Great River Amazon Raft Race

The Program

Wednesday 17 September

7:00 p.m. Rafter’s Reception in the Plaza Ramon Castilla.

Thursday 18 September

8:00 a.m. All participants leave by bus from the Plaza Ramon Castlla for the 2 hour trip to the City of Nauta.

10:30 a.m. Civic Reception on the Plaza de Manuel Pacaya in Nauta.

12:00 noon Lunch

1:30 p.m. All competitors cross the river by boat to the beach on Fisherman’s Island.

2:00 p.m. Each team captain will receive their teams raft making materials.

2:45 p.m. Raft construction begins. Foreign teams are allowed local help if required.

6:00 p.m. Dinner followed by music and dancing on the beach.

All participants spend the night in tents, 1 for each team.

Friday 19 September

6:30 a.m. Breakfast.

7:30 a.m. Start of first leg of the race to Nuevo Esperanza, 36 miles.

Lunch as competitors arrive.

6:30 p.m. Dinner.

7:30 p. m. Welcome ceremony by the village.

All competitors sleep in tents on the football pitch.

Saturday 20 September

6:00 a.m Breakfast.

7.30 a.m. Start of second leg of the race to Tamshiyacu 44 miles.

Lunch as competitors arrive.

6:00 p.m. Dinner.

7:30 p.m. Welcome ceremony.

All participants sleep in the school hall.

Sunday 21 September

6:00 a.m Breakfast.

7:30 a.m Start the last leg of the race, 40 miles to the Fishing Club at Bella Vista Nanay.

Lunch as competitors arrive.

3:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and farewell speeches.

"Great River Amazon Raft Race, What It Takes To Win"

What It Takes To Win

The Rules

1. Teams will consist of 4 people.

2. Substitutes are allowed but with a time penalty of 2 hours per substitution.

3. Each team is allowed to have up to 3 substitutes.*

4. Rafts will be constructed of 8 balsawood logs (provided) with a minimum length of 5 metres.

5. Rafts must be constructed 8 logs across not 4 x 4

6. Only the 1st and last metre of each log can be cut into points (bows).

7. Paddles and lifejackets will be provided but competitors can bring and use their own.

8. Foreign teams are allowed local people to help in construction.

9. Life jackets must be worn at all times during the race, failure to adhere to this rule could mean disqualification.

10. No team must interfere or impede the progress of other teams.

11. No alcohol or drugs are allowed onboard rafts.

12. Any team who has more than 5 klms to go to the Finish Line at 5.00 p.m. will be towed in with a time penalty of 2 hours. Any team refusing to be towed will be disqualified.

13. Any team deemed to be going deliberately slow will be disqualified.

14. Each raft will be given a number, this must be displayed at all times.

15. All competitors must sign a disclaimer before competing.

*Substitutes will travel in the Support Boat until needed.*

THE JUDGES DECISION WILL BE FINAL

Other Notes

Suggested Items to Carry On board your Raft

Ponchos

Machete

Flashlight

First Aid Kit

Long pants

Foam to sit on

Insect Repellent

Long sleeved shirt

Gardening gloves or similar

Sun cream

Wide brimmed hat

Snacks like potato chips, fruit etc…

Entry Fee

$1,000 U.S. dollars per team of 4 + $250 per substitute.

What Is Included

Transport from Iquitos to Nauta, 18 September.

All meals are included, breakfast, lunch and dinner except Thursday the 18th when only lunch and dinner are provided and the last day, Sunday 20th when only breakfast and dinner well be provided.

Purified bottled water will be provided at all times.

All raft making materials will be provided.

Life jackets and paddles are provided.

Accommodation; The nights of 18th September and 19th September.

All competitors will sleep in tents on mattresses, 1 tent per team. The night of Saturday 20th competitors will sleep in the school hall in Tamshiyacu on mattresses.

For instructions how to join, please email;

michaelfcollis@yahoo.co.uk

Security

For your security the Peruvian Coast Guard and the State Tourist Police will stay with the race for its entirety.

The Red Cross and the State of Loreto Health Department (SALUD) will have safety boats with doctors and nurses following the race in case of any emergency.

Please Make A Comment On Our Blog Below

If you have competed before tell us about your experience.

If you are a first timer please give us your thoughts.

Please direct any questions you might have to the blog so that others can see the answer.

“THE FAINT OF HEART NEED NOT APPLY”

More of what it takes to win

The 16th River Amazon International Raft Race

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Copa Airlines is offering a 15% discount for the Great River Amazon Raft Race.

Click the link below, enter the code C5932.

www.copaair.com

You must fly between September 13 – 26

The discount can also be obtained in any Copa Airlines office in the world

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Nativa Apartments is offering a 10% discount for raft racers and spectators

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Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, 10% discount, raft racers and spectators

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{ 91 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Greg Harris February 17, 2014 at 11:58 am

That’s great Bill. The one thing the race could use is more and better promotion.With the website up early I’m sure there will be greater time to attract lots of participants. While last year’s site was good, hopefully this year’s site will be even better (photos, background about the race, maybe links to webpages/YouTube videos made by past racers, local tourism sites and post-race activities that people may want to do in Iquitos. How about a section on tips for racers, a blog etc. I know that might be asking a lot, but the race is so much fun; all that is needed is a little more awareness and it will become even more popular worlwide than it is already! As usual, thanks for everything you’ve done historically for the race and the promotion you’re now doing too.

2 Captain Bill February 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Hi Greg, nice to hear from you again. Thanks for the good suggestions. My friend Mike Collis brought me out of retirement to put up this blog again. I did 99% of it on Sunday, and the rest this morning. I wanted to get it up as soon as possible. I plan to add some links in the comments, and you could do the same. As you know, the internet in Iquitos is so slow we can not watch YouTube videos in Iquitos, so we will have to count on you to share those links with us:)
Best regards,
Bill

3 Cédric Gilleman February 17, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Cédric Gilleman
My fourth participation to this famous raft race and ready for the fifth… I really enjoy it, a real challenge against myself but with the need of a good team spirit to be all together finishers!!!!
My first one was in 2009, without thinking about the competition, only for fun and to discover the Amazon rainforest and the rivers in a different way. Then I came back in 2011, again for the challenge and the fun. In 2012 appeared the first prize money for the foreigners, by chance I was first of the “men” category but honestly I had 2 peruvian guys in my team. This year I have participated as a local team, with the same peruvian guys in my Team and with my friend from France (we both are currently living in Iquitos)… and our 3 national flags were present on the raft: Peru, France and Belgium!!!!
Thanks Michael Collis to be our eternal supporter and I now you are supporting every team! Thanks also to David CrazyRainbow, press officer of the only good international newspaper “Iquitos Times” and to Chuck Haley, the photographer. And of course to the organizers and supporters, especially Jean-Jacques!
And we are all winners, finishing this race is really a great achievement. All, you can be proud of it!

4 Murilo Reis February 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I hope this year at the Great Amazon Raft Race we from the Tapiche Reserve will try to get together a small workshop for “Responsible Tourism in Loreto ” trying to call awareness to our actions as visitors, to help make things better for the locals, and still keep tourism fun and enjoyable.

5 Leo Jones February 27, 2014 at 10:10 am

Good luck on this year’s Great Amazon Raft Race.

6 David Hafner March 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

Would it be possible to get in writing just what a ‘mixed’ team is.
Does it have to be 2 men and 2 women or can it be 3 and 1
Thanks, Hope to see Ya’ll in september

7 Greg Harris March 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

David:

Last year we had three men and one woman on our team and we were classified in the men’s division. We were told that a mixed team must have at least two women on it to qualify in that division.

8 Mike Collis March 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

Hello Greg & Dave,
Thanks for your question about mixed teams. I will try to get an answer from Gina at the Reg. Gov. but I believe it should bo 50/50 (2 men 2 women) 3 men 1 woman should be a mens team, 3 women and 1 man a womans team.
But I will try and clarify this ASAP.
Also Carlos Ohara asked if national teams outside of the Amazon Region could be counted as International Teams because his team are all from Lima and they know nothing about the Amazon.

9 Steve Elliott March 26, 2014 at 4:51 am

Can’t wait to get down there.have a good one.regards Steve

10 Captain Bill March 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Congratulations to Héctor Cisneros and Peru One for leading the way. Wishing you the best of luck.

Sincerely,
Bill Grimes

11 Mike Collis March 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

The Line Up as of Friday 28th March.

Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name Group Nationality

1. Peru One Hector Cisneros Mens Peruvian

12 Water Rat April 11, 2014 at 10:09 am

Comment test

13 Jim Grimes April 13, 2014 at 7:20 am

Comment test

14 Mike Collis April 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

NEW RAFT ENTERED 15th April

Raft No. 2.
Raft Name. ADV 1
Captain: Jason Lundy Colorado USA
Crew Members: Jeff Ponchillia Tennessee (USA)
Ryan Beaty Tennessee (USA)
Jeremy Conrey Tennessee (USA)

Crew Members:

Jeff Ponchillia Tennessee (USA)

Ryan Beaty Tennessee (USA)

Jeremy Conrey Tennessee (USA)

15 Mike Collis May 6, 2014 at 11:39 am

LINE UP AS 6th MAY
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country
Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA

16 Héctor Cisneros May 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

I would like to know if there are any restrictions on making the raft other than having to use the 10 logs that the race provides.
Is there a standard form or can we use the logs as we wish making the form longer?
Can we use external materials such as bamboo?

Please let me know so that we can plan the making of the raft.

17 Garrett Cooper May 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

I intend to enter the raft race and might be continuing on to Leticia. I was wondering if you knew anything about river conditions below Iquitos and if there are any legal/political issues I need to be aware of. Any info and advice on this section of river is appreciated, thanks.

18 Mike Collis May 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

Hello Hector, Thank you for your question.

The rules state that you must construct your raft out of 8 balsawood logs ( or more if required) but you must lash the logs together in a line abreast. You cannot build a raft that is constructed 4 logs in the front and 4 logs in the rear. Hector it has been done before, and yes they are quicker but they are very unstable and therefore dangerous. So the logs must be in line but you can stagger them and you can have spaces between them.

You must use you logs as floatation, but you can use any other materials above the waterline.

19 Mike Collis May 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

Hello Garrett

Thank you for your question.

The river conditions below Iquitos are very much the same as above the city.
However, if you intend to continue downriver after the race you will need permission from the river authorities or you will be stopped by the river police and will not be allowed to continue to the frontier.

The Brazilian authorites DO NOT allow any wooden vessals into there part of the Amazon from Peru. The reason for this is because some adventures like yourself drowned and the Brazilian River Authority got a lot of criticism and were held to blame because they allowed small boats and wooden rafts to enter their river space.

Let me know when you are ready to enter the Amazon River International Raft race Race and I will send you the Joining Instructions.

Hope to meet you on the banks of the mighty Amazon in September.

20 Jeremy May 20, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I tried to book a flight on the Copa website, but the option to fly to Iquitos did not show up. Any trick to getting the discounted fare?

21 Jorge Vallejos Tripi May 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Hi Jeremy,

The flights to Iquitos are on wednesdays and saturdays. The code for the discount is C5932 . You have to enter it on the “promotional code” space. Also the flight dates have to be between the 13th of september to the 26th september . At the moment is being programmed on the web page. It will be ready on the next few days. But on the call center and on my office is ready to sell call center is 1 800 359 2672 and my office number is 005165235395 jsvallejos@copaair.com for any queries .

Regards
Jorge Vallejos
Lead Agent
Copa Airlines Iquitos

22 Captain Bill May 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for the prompt reply Jorge. You are very helpful.

23 Mike Collis May 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

Yes thanks for your prompt reply Jorge.

24 Jorge Vallejos Tripi May 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

Dear friends,

Just to inform you Copa Airlines has direct connections via Panama to and from Iquitos on wednesdays and saturdays from and to MIAMI, LOS ANGELES, ORLANDO, NEW YORK, BOGOTA, MEXICO, CANCUN, MEDELLIN,CALI, CARTAGENA, QUITO, GUAYAQUIL, LA HABANA.
And many more. ( we can arrange connections via lima too but only if there is a US copa flight on the itinerary).
You do not need to stop in Lima to come to the amazon with Copa. Unless you want to 😀

Regards,

Jorge Vallejos

25 Captain Bill May 29, 2014 at 11:21 am

Thank you for the information Jorge.

26 Mike Collis June 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

LINE UP AS 11th June
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country
Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA

27 Mike Collis June 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm

LINE UP AS 24th June
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA

Team Name: The Mustache Ride or Team Mustache Ride
Captain: Jeffrey Lamble (USA)
Team Members: Glenn Harrington (USA), Brad Weiss (USA), Steven Mena (USA)

28 Jair Alex Manihuari Flores June 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Hello everybody,
My name is Jair Alex Manihuari Flores. I am in charge of the Spectators Boat for this year’s River Amazon International Raft Race. We are offering spectators and supporters the opportunity to follow the race from Nauta back to Iquitos on board our own riverboat.. We will leave Iquitos by bus on Thursday 18th September and join our amazon river boat at the Start in Nauta. We will sleep aboard the boat amazon style in hammocks that night and the following 2 nig…hts.
All meals will be included as well as soft drinks. Beer will be for sale. We will arrive back in Iquitos on Sunday 21st September.
The all iclusive cost for this 3 day amazon cruise watching the race is only $200US per person. Please reserve your space now by emailing me on ;
Jair_alex_28@hotmail.com

Heres looking forward to meeting you all in September.

29 Mike collis July 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

LINE UP AS 6th July 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. Ribble Ramblers. Don Millar, Mens. England

30 Mike collis August 7, 2014 at 8:20 am

LINE UP AS 6th August 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil

Team Name : True North Rafting

Captain : Greg Harris (Canada)

Other Team Members : Murilo Reis (Brazil); Kate Hagstrom (Canada)

31 Mike collis August 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

LINE UP AS 15th August 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Coed Team. Natalee salcedo. Mixed, USA

32 Mike Collis August 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

Change of team name.
No.7 was Coed Team but now is Damn Americanos.

33 Mike collis August 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

LINE UP AS 19th August 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Damn Americanos. Natalee salcedo. Mixed, USA
Raft 8. Markham College. Carlos Morales. Mixed. Peru
Raft 9. Markham Lions. Carlos Morales. Mixed. Peru.

34 Mike collis August 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

LINE UP AS 19th August 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Damn Americanos. Natalee Salcedo. Mixed, USA
Raft 8. Markham College. Tegan Butler. Mixed. Peru/Canada
Raft 9. Markham Lions. Carlos Morales. Mens. Peru.

35 Jeremy Boley Cartain 3 Hour Tour August 20, 2014 at 8:16 am

Mike,

I also wanted to ask you about raft sponsorship. I’ve asked a local
beer company to sponsor our team. Is it all right to have
product shirts and flags on the raft?

36 Mike Collis August 20, 2014 at 8:17 am

To Jeremy,
Regarding sponsorship, we welcome team sponsorship so it is no problem whatsoever, so yes shirts flags no problem.

37 Jeremy Boley August 20, 2014 at 8:26 am

Mike,

I also wanted to ask you about raft sponsorship. I’ve asked a local
beer company to sponsor our team. Is it all right to have
product shirts and flags on the raft?

38 Mike Gerba August 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Mike,

I have seen on other blogs that it is possible to buy in Iquitos light weight paddles. Could you confirm if this is possible to buy these once we arrive or would you recommend bringing them if we would like an alternative to the paddles provided.

Thanks,
Mike

39 Mike Collis August 22, 2014 at 8:23 am

Mike,

I have never seen light weight paddles on sale here in Iquitos. Perhaps there is a place, but I dont know. It’s better that you bring them with you to be safe. Same applies to specialosed lfe jackets.

40 Mike Collis August 25, 2014 at 8:43 am

LINE UP AS 19th August 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Damn Americanos. Natalee Salcedo. Mixed, USA
Raft 8. Markham College. Tegan Butler. Mixed. Peru/Canada
Raft 9. Markham Lions. Carlos Morales. Mens. Peru.
Raft. 10. Inflatable Pirates. Mike Savas. Peru, Australia, Ireland, Denmark

41 Ben August 25, 2014 at 9:37 am

Hey Mike,
Is there electricity at the camps at night? I’m wondering if it will be possible to charge phones/cameras at night? Also do you have the guidelines that we must follow in building our rafts? I have heard that there are restrictions.
Thanks
Ben
Three Hour Tour

42 Mike Collis August 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Hello Ben, I think its safe to say that there will be no electricity on the lst 2 nights, unless the boat Captain lets you plug in on board. There will be electricity in Tamshiyacu on the final night.

Regarding raft construction.
Each team will get 8 16′ logs each about 8″ diameter. Also rope, additional wood, machette, hammer and nails. The logs can only be lashed together 8 across (not 4 x 4) catamaran and trimarans are allowed. Teams are allowed to carve points on the lst and last metre of each log.
We recommmend that when you get here you buy steel wire and lash the logs together with that. Steel wire does’nt stretch, dont get heavy when wet and its more streamlined. Some crews buy plastci garden chairs and fit then on the raft to sit on , with foam pads.

There will also be some local men on the beach with chain saws who for a small amount will do most of the cutting for you.

43 Murilo Reis August 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

Mike, I see that the Cambridge University team are not entering this year. Shame we were hoping for a bit of competition.

44 Mike Collis August 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

Murilo,

You are right Catoo, the Cambridge team are not coming this year. However I am pleased to announce that we do have 2 US teams. One is a crew of extreme sporteman and the other a crew of experienced rafters from Colorado and Tennessee. Both teams say they are only coming to kick ass.

45 Mutilo Reis August 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

Ha, Ha, Ha and Ha.

46 Natalee Salcedo August 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Hello Mike,

This may be an ignorant question but shall my members and I be bringing sleeping bags?

47 Mike Collis August 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Hello Natalee,

No its not an ignorant question.

Here in the Amazon it is very warm, and warm most of the time even at night. We recommend that you bring only a sheet not a blanket, not to keep yourselves warm but to protect your modesty. A good idea is to sew a sheet into an envelope shape so that you slip into a thin sleeping bag. This will cover you and protect you from mosquitos.

48 Mike Collis September 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

LINE UP AS 2nd September 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Damn Americanos. Natalee Salcedo. Mixed, USA
Raft 8. Markham College. Tegan Butler. Mixed. Peru/Canada
Raft 9. Markham Lions. Carlos Morales. Mens. Peru.
Raft. 10. Inflatable Pirates. Mike Savas. Peru, Australia, Ireland, Denmark
Raft No 11. Tango with Noodled Armed Novices, Danel trisi, Mixed, Argentina and USA.

49 Carole September 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Hi Mike,

What is the deadline to get in the competition?
I just discovered this wondeful competition, and i would like to look for people interesting to participate. If i don’t find people, i will definetly make it next year.

Just to sum up, it’s $250 per person for all the competition, food, accomodation, isn’t it?

Thank you

50 Mike Collis September 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

Hello Carol,

No its NOT TOO LATE. We have teams who are confirmed entries but are 1 or 2 paddlers short. For instance Raft No.11 ” Tango with Noodled Armed Novices” captained by Danel Trisi are looking for 2 paddlers. At present they are Danel from Argentina and Joyce Shores from the USA. If you want to join them get back to me on ; michaelfcollis@yahoo.co.uk ASAP.

And you are right its $250US each person fully inclusive (except booze)

51 Scotney Young September 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Question,
How long does it take to get back to iquitos from the finish line/ceremony at Bella Vista Nanay?? is transportation provided??

52 Mike Collis September 4, 2014 at 8:05 am

Hello Scotney,

The Finish Line is at the fishing club in Bella Vista Nanay which is only a “stones throw” from downtown Iquitos (10 minutes) by motocarro.

53 Mike Collis September 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

Entries for the 2014 Amazon River International Raft Race close at 6.00p.m on 15th September.

54 Mike Collis September 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

LINE UP AS 8th September 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Damn Americanos. Natalee Salcedo. Mixed, USA
Raft 8. Markham College. Tegan Butler. Mixed. Peru/Canada
Raft 9. Markham Lions. Carlos Morales. Mens. Peru.
Raft. 10. Inflatable Pirates. Mike Savas. Peru, Australia, Ireland, Denmark
Raft No 11. Tango with Noodled Armed Novices, Danel trisi, Mixed, Argentina and USA.
Raft 12. Makin Wake. Ann deLong. Mixed, USA.

55 Cédric September 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Very soon I will register my Team sponsored by World Animal Protection and Solinia. This year we will paddle for the protection of the river dolphins and we will make communication about the use of meat of dolphins as bait.
http://www.worldanimalprotection.cr/latestnews/2014/El_delfin_Rosado_del_Amazonas_no_es_carnada.aspx

56 Scotney Young September 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Hello,
Me again,
with one more question: what is the situation with water to
drink? Will there be water available to buy somewhere
somehow or do we need to lug a bunch with us from
Iquitos?

57 Mike Collis September 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Hello Scotney,

Each team will be provided with a dozen bottles of purified frinking water each day of the race and the rescue boats will make regular visits to you during the day in case you need more.

58 Mike Collis September 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

LINE UP AS 9th September 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. Peru One. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Damn Americanos. Natalee Salcedo. Mixed, USA
Raft 8. Markham College. Tegan Butler. Mixed. Peru/Canada
Raft 9. Markham Lions. Carlos Morales. Mens. Peru.
Raft. 10. Inflatable Pirates. Mike Savas. Peru, Australia, Ireland, Denmark
Raft No 11. Tango with Noodled Armed Novices, Danel trisi, Mixed, Argentina and USA.
Raft 12. Makin Wake. Ann deLong. Mixed, USA.
Raft 13. Las 4 Virgenes de Bellavista. Maritza Manuyama, Ladies. Peru.
Raft 14. DIRESA – LORETO . Silvano Macuyama, Mens. Peru.

Walter Silvano Macuyama ( CAPTAIN )

Team n°2 : DIRESA – LORETO ( dirceccion de salud ) (MEN – IQUITOS)

Walter Silvano Macuyama ( CAPTAIN )
Romer Zumba Yumbato
Venancio Tapayuri Murayari
Neyser Satalaya Fasabi

59 Max September 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

We are wondering if life jackets are obligatory ? Can we
bring our own ?

60 Mike Collis September 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Hello Max,

The wearing of life jackets is compulsary during the actual race. Life jackets will be provided to all participants but if you want you can bring and use your own. The same applies to paddles.

61 Max September 9, 2014 at 3:34 pm

We are very strong swimmers
and would feel more comfortable not wearing life jackets. Is
this ok ?

Max

62 Mike Collis September 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I’m sorry Max ,

I know what you are saying but the Peruvian Coast Guard and Civil Defence are providing safety cover and they will not if the rule of wearing life jackets is not adhered to. We have not lost anyone in 15 years we dont want to start now.

63 Gail Eggerton September 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I am taking part and I have a dietry problem. Is it possible to have vegetarian food only please.

64 Mike Collis September 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Hello Gail,

We need to inform the catering company regarding dietry needs. So Gail your meals will be veggy. Anyone else who is vegetarian please let me know A.S.A.P.

65 CHUCK HALEY September 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm

AMAZONCHUCK WILL HAVE A 45 FT. BOAT FOR HIRE
TO WATCH THE RAFTERS UP CLOSE
PLEASE RESERVE A SPOT. EMAIL AMAZONCHUCK@YAHOO.COM
———————————————————————-
2014 AMAZON RAFT RACE
AMAZONCHUCKS SPECTATOR BOAT
SEPT. 18th. to SEPT. 21st.

DAY I-SEPT 18 THURS,
TRANSPORTATION-NAUTA RECPECTION& BUILDING OF RAFTS
Transport from Iquitos to Nauta to our hotel ( Plaza I
Watch The, Welcome Reception by the People of Nauta, for the rafters. At 1pm we board our boat to cross the Amazon to watch ,The Building of the Rafts .At 6PM we head back to Nauta and hotel.
DAY 2 SEPT. 19 FRI.
1st. LEG of RACE -FISHERMANS ISLAND tO NUEVO ESPERANZA-36 MILES
at 6 AM we board our boat to watch the start of 1st. leg of race about 7am start.
We will follow the rafters up close for , GREAT PHOTO OPS. Then head
to Nuevo Esperanza to watch rafters come in. In afternoon watch the
, WELCOME CEREMONY , by theNUEVO ESPERANZA VILLAGES .
For the night we will be staying in a local house for the night.
DAY 3-SEPT. 20 SAT.
2nd. LEG of RACE-NUEVO ESPERANZA to TAMSHIYACU-44 MILES
At 6 AM go to our boat to watch the start of the 2nd. leg of race,We will follow the rafters for more ,Photo Ops.
Then head toTamshiyacu , to watch all the Rafters arrive
. In PM watch the ,WELCOME CEREMONY . We will stay at hotel in Tamshitacu.
DAY 4- SEPT 21 SUN.
FINAL LEG of RACE-TAMSHIYACU to BELLA VISTA NANNY-40 MILES
Early rise to watch the start of the final leg of race. We will follow the rafters for more , PHOTO OPS.
Then we head to the , FISHING CLUB BELLA VISTA , to watch the
WINNING RAFTERS ARRIVE , AWARDS CEREMONY and FARWELL SPEECHES.
EXCITING END OF 2014 RAFT RACE ADVENTURE
TOTAL COST S/220 or $80.00
INCLUDED TRANPORT IQUITOS to NAUTA,
4 DAYS BOAT & 2 HOTELS-1 HOUSE STAY
WE WILL HAVE BEER-SODA-WATER ON BOARD FOR SALE
BEER- S/-3—-SODA-S/-2.5 —WATER- S/-2
ALLON BOAT WILL RECIEVE A FREE DVD OF RACE
IF INTERESTED CONTACT
-AMAZONCHUCK@YAHOO.COM
TEL. 989-829-108
PHOT0S BY AMAZONCHUCK
IF INTRESTED IN JUST DVD OF RACE- THE COST IS
45 PERUIAN SOL- or. $15 USD.

66 Mike Collis September 12, 2014 at 8:28 am

RAFTERS RECEPTION
On Wednesday 17th September at 7.00p.m. all raft race competitors and spectators are invited to the Welcoming Party.

The event will take place in the Plaza Ramon Castilla (pronounced Castija) which is located at the end of Raymondi Street 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas. We are looking forward to meeting you all.

When you are in Iquitos and you need help with anything please come to my office on the corner of Raymondi and Pavas Streets. My telephone number in Iquitos is 22 35 99

NO NEED TO CARRY LOTS OF THINGS WITH YOU TO IQUITOS.

Go to Mad Mick’s Trading Post at Putumayo 163 for all your rafting needs, like;

Hats,
Long sleeved shirts,
Repelant,
Flashlights,
Ponchos,
Gloves.

They will be waiting for you. Have a safe journey, see you soon.

67 Mike Collis September 12, 2014 at 9:04 am

LINE UP AS 12th September 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. El gran Paiche. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Damn Americanos. Natalee Salcedo. Mixed, USA
Raft 8. Markham College. Tegan Butler. Mixed. Peru/Canada
Raft 9. Markham Lions. Carlos Morales. Mens. Peru.
Raft. 10. Inflatable Pirates. Mike Savas. Peru, Australia, Ireland, Denmark
Raft No 11. Tango with Noodled Armed Novices, Danel trisi, Mixed, Argentina and USA.
Raft 12. Makin Wake. Ann deLong. Mixed, USA.
Raft 13. Las 4 Virgenes de Bellavista. Maritza Manuyama, Ladies. Peru.
Raft 14. DIRESA – LORETO . Silvano Macuyama, Mens. Peru.

68 Brad September 12, 2014 at 10:32 am

Mike,

Is the race broken up into divisions or categories, or is it a free-for-all?

69 Mike Collis September 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

LATEST LINE UP AS 12th September 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. El gran Paiche. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Damn Americanos. Natalee Salcedo. Mixed, USA
Raft 8. Markham College. Tegan Butler. Mixed. Peru/Canada
Raft 9. Markham Lions. Carlos Morales. Mens. Peru.
Raft. 10. Inflatable Pirates. Mike Savas. Peru, Australia, Ireland, Denmark
Raft No 11. Tango with Noodled Armed Novices, Danel trisi, Mixed, Argentina and USA.
Raft 12. Makin Wake. Ann deLong. Mixed, USA.
Raft 13. Las 4 Virgenes de Bellavista. Maritza Manuyama, Ladies. Peru.
Raft 14. DIRESA – LORETO . Silvano Macuyama, Mens. Peru.
Raft 15. DRE_-YAGUAS. Ricardo Roque Pena, Mens, Peru.
Raft 16. MAVISA – YAMAHA.Gean Carlo Arevalo Guerrero,Mens.Peru.

70 Jeremy (Captain of Three Hour Tour) September 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Team Three Hour Tour is proud to be sponsored by Sierra Andina Brewing Company from Huaraz, Peru. And you should be pleased, too! We’ll be handing out free beer at the end of the race! Nothing can be more refreshing after three days of paddling than a craft ale. Enjoy!

71 Mike Collis September 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

Hello Brad, The race will be staged in 2 divisions Local and International. Within each division there will be 3 groups, Mens, womens and Mixed.

CLARIFICATION.
A Mens team must have at least 3 men.
A Womens team must have at least 3 women
A mixed team will be 2 men and 2 women.

72 Captain Bill September 14, 2014 at 10:28 am

Hi Jeremy, Sierra Andina craft beers are served at Dawn on the Amazon Cafe. My favorite is the Golden Ale.

73 Jeremy September 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Captain Bill,

Great! My favorite is the Huaracina Pale Ale. But there is also a Porter and an Amber ale. Plenty of choices!

See you in Iquitos.

Jeremy

74 Ben September 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Mike,

Should we plan to do all of our shopping in Iquitos, or will there be time to buy supplies is Nauta?

Thanks!

Ben

75 Mike Collis September 15, 2014 at 9:12 am

Ben, Time will be short in Nauta, try and get all you need in Iquitos.

Programme Thursday 18th

Buses leave Plaza Ramon Castilla (Iquitos) at 8.00 am for Nauta.
10.00 a.m Buses arrive in Nauta.
10.30 a.m. Reception ceremony in the main plaza Nauta.
12 noon. Cross the river by boat to Fishermans Island
1.00 p.m Lunch
2.00p.m. Raft construction begins.

76 Mike Collis September 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

LATEST LINE UP AS 15th September 2014
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. El gran Paiche. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Damn Americanos. Natalee Salcedo. Mixed, USA
Raft 8. Markham College. Tegan Butler. Mixed. Peru/Canada
Raft 9. Markham Lions. Carlos Morales. Mens. Peru.
Raft. 10. Inflatable Pirates. Mike Savas. Peru, Australia, Ireland, Denmark
Raft No 11. Tango with Noodled Armed Novices, Danel trisi, Mixed, Argentina and USA.
Raft 12. Makin Wake. Ann deLong. Mixed, USA.
Raft 13. Las 4 Virgenes de Bellavista. Maritza Manuyama, Ladies. Peru.
Raft 14. DIRESA – LORETO . Silvano Macuyama, Mens. Peru.
Raft 15. DRE_-YAGUAS. Ricardo Roque Pena, Mens, Peru.
Raft 16. MAVISA – YAMAHA.Gean Carlo Arevalo Guerrero,Mens.Peru.
Raft 17. Los Increibles de Padre Cocha. Ceasar Pacaya, Mens, Peru
Raft 18. Los Delfines. Merly Huaymana, Mixed. peu.
Raft 19. Los invencibles de Padrecocha, Julio Ricopa, Mens, Peru

77 Mike Collis September 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

LATEST LINE UP AS 16th September 2014 at10 a.m.
Raft No. Raft Name. Captain’s Name. Group. Country

Raft 1. El gran Paiche. Hector Cisneros. Mens. Peru
Raft 2. ADV 1 . Jason Lundy. Mens. USA
Raft 3. 3 Hour Tour. Jeremy Boley. Mens. USA
Raft 4. Trial By Combat. Scotney Young. Ladies. USA
Raft 5. The Mustache Ride. Jeffrey Lamble. Mens. USA
Raft 6. True North Rafting. Greg Harris. Mxd. Canada/Brazil
Raft 7. Damn Americanos. Natalee Salcedo. Mixed, USA
Raft 8. Markham College. Tegan Butler. Mixed. Peru/Canada
Raft 9. Markham Lions. Carlos Morales. Mens. Peru.
Raft. 10. Inflatable Pirates. Mike Savas. Peru, Australia, Ireland, Denmark
Raft No 11. Tango with Noodled Armed Novices, Danel trisi, Mixed, Argentina and USA.
Raft 12. Makin Wake. Ann deLong. Mixed, USA.
Raft 13. Las 4 Virgenes de Bellavista. Maritza Manuyama, Ladies. Peru.
Raft 14. DIRESA – LORETO . Silvano Macuyama, Mens. Peru.
Raft 15. DRE_-YAGUAS. Ricardo Roque Pena, Mens, Peru.
Raft 16. MAVISA – YAMAHA.Gean Carlo Arevalo Guerrero,Mens.Peru.
Raft 17. Los Increibles de Padre Cocha. Ceasar Pacaya, Mens, Peru
Raft 18. Los Delfines. Merly Huaymana, Mixed. peu.
Raft 19. Los Invencibles de Padrecocha, Julio Ricopa, Mens, Peru
Raft 20. Los Cushuris. Walter Arimuya. Mixed. Peru
Raft 21. Los Befeos Colorados, Cedric Gilleman, Mens, Belgium & Peru.

78 Cédric September 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

Name of raft 21 is LOS BUFEOS COLORADOS

79 Kathy Savas September 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

Good luck to Mike Savas (from USA, not Peru as listed) and the Inflatable Pirates Team, including alternate Dave Brand from New Jersey! Go Inflatable Pirates!

80 David Kelly, Team Easy Living September 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Hello Michael, Bill, all Racers and Support Crew,

In a few ways it feels odd to be saying “Hello” from one hemisphere, a continent, and
2 time zones away from where you all are right now. “Hello” and “Have a Grand Adventure” in all languages: Spanish, Danish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, the Queen’s English, American English…and Canadian, and Australian, and Irish, and…

Where I am, I call Home, and I love it here: the often chaotic, enigmatic and enchanting cool Pacific Ocean coast and the urban bustle of California’s San Francisco. But I also know, from very personal experience in the Great River Amazon Raft Race in 2008, that where you are holds a powerful sense of an indescribable magic. Yes, currently, I am “here”. Yet, in these moments, my thoughts are 4300 miles (6900 km) away in Iquitos, Peru, with you. My sense of adventure is with you. My smiles are with you. My tears are with you. And my profound sense of respect is with you. I have been there, and I hope to once again.

After many months of planning (or perhaps many minutes for some of you ), and with full (or partial) blessing from your families and loved ones, you begin the next phase of this journey. As you paddle, as you race…sweat…struggle… suffer…swear…support…sing…and smile – more than anything You will be building bridges. You will build bridges of mutual understanding, of shared hope, of things possible, of making them the probable: through the way you race, live, laugh and love. For who would really do something as audacious…and asinine…and sill…and grand as GRAR – but for someone that loves this kind of adventure, and has the ability to build bridges that transcend cultures, religions, geography, ideas, and that can appreciate hardships and comforts.

There are paddle strokes to be taken (somewhere around 54,600, or so) and Records to be had (our Course Record is up for the grab). But more importantly, there are bridges to be built.

With great heaps of heartfelt adventure, in every language needed, and without language, I wish you all the grandest adventure at GRAR 2014!!

In shared adventure,
David Kelly
Captain of Team Easy Living, 2008

81 Captain Bill September 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Thank you for the heartfelt message David. Well said! We miss you and also wish you the best in shared adventure.

Bill Grimes

82 Hector September 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Thanks for the awsome experience!
Where can we see the pictures?

83 Héctor Cisneros ( El Gran Paiche) September 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Hola Michael, quería agradecerles por una experiencia increible. Realmente el la pasamos muy bien. Fue un gustaso conocerte y espero regresar algun dia a ganarles a los increibles de padrecicha jaja.

Quería saber si hay algun lugar donde puedo ver las fotos y los resultados de la carrera? Creo que iban a hacer un video verdad?
Si me pueden enviar las fotos del equipo gran paiche se lo agredecería mucho.

Un abrazo

Hector

84 Alfonso Moscoso September 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Massive congratulations to Uncle Mike and all the people involved in the organization of the XVI International Raft Race.

It seems all the competitors had a great time in Iquitos. Thank you so much to all the people who came from so far, to enjoy the beautifulness of Iquitos and the hospitality of its people.

Being part of an event sanctioned and recognized by the Guinness World Records is something remarkable.

Cheers,

Alfie

85 Mike Collis September 25, 2014 at 6:32 pm

The 2015 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records is now on sale. The Amazon River International Raft Race is listed in the “Sports Round Up” section.

86 Mike Collis September 26, 2014 at 8:37 am

GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS 2015
Is availiable on http://www.amazon.com with ref;

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2015/WhereToBuy/Buy

Alternatively in the UK section it gives you a link to Amazon.co.uk

87 Raymond November 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm

What are the dates for the 2015 race?

88 Mike Collis November 7, 2014 at 8:03 am

Hello Raymond, Thank you for your enquiry.

We do not have the exact dates for next years race but it is almost certain to be the last weekend in September.

Please send me your e mail address to ; michaelfcollis@yahoo.co.uk
and I will keep you informed.

89 Omar February 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

Mike,

Any idea on the dates? Have a heck of a lot of friends in the states waiting on those in order to plan accordingly.

90 Chris Welner October 14, 2015 at 1:29 pm

I am the editor of IMPACT Magazine, Canada’s leading sport and health magazine. I have a story on the worlds’ toughest endurance races and the Amazon River Race is on our list. I am looking for a few photos from the race that shows off some of that athletic intensity that we can publish in IMPACT. Would you be able to email me (or use wetransfer.com) high-resolution photos of your event.
Kind regards,
Chris Welner
Editor, IMPACT Magazine
editor@impactmagazine.ca

91 Dr. Debi Yohn November 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm

I am a member of a dragonboat team in South Florida, Blazing Paddles. Our coach is an adventure racer. We are VERY interested in participating in the race next year: 2016. PLEASE put us on your mailing list.

Debi

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