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"I never thought at 46 (years old) this would happen," she said. "You never know. You just got to get out there. There's so many cool things to experience."

friends as they paddled the canoe like cayucos, but never competed herself.

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"It's beautiful," Dermody said. "You are in the jungle. It's just an incredible experience."

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That includes the cayucos. To build one, native artisans hollow out tree trunks, which are then shaped and finished by experts. The cayucos and the paddles still must be wooden, Dermody said.

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The cayuco racers try to stay on one side of the canal as barges and freighters pass near them. Converse Shoe Sale Auckland The scenery also changes from piers and cities to jungle.

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The tradition was started in 1954 by a Boy Scout troop that came to Panama to learn about its indigenous people, Dermody said. To this day, a patch and a bead are given to all who compete in the race.

That includes the cayucos. To build one, native artisans hollow out tree trunks, which are then shaped and finished by experts. The cayucos and the paddles still must be wooden, Dermody said.

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The tradition was started in 1954 by a Boy Scout troop that came to Panama to learn about its indigenous people, Dermody said. To this day, a patch and a bead are given to all who compete in the race.

"We got humbled," Dermody said with a laugh.

The finished product is 14 feet long and weighs about 250 pounds.

split into three days. Despite practicing with her teammates for three months and keeping up her regular fitness routine, Dermody said her two races were grueling. Some people train year round for the race.

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"It's such a great, positive tradition," Dermody said. "It celebrates (Panama's) culture."

"It's such a great, positive tradition," Dermody said. "It celebrates (Panama's) culture."

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The Panama Canal turns 100 next year, and a large cayuco race is expected for the celebration. Dermody isn't sure she'll race again, but definitely wants to be a part of it as a coach, logistical guide or spectator.

"We got humbled," Dermody said with a laugh.

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The finished product is 14 feet long and weighs about 250 pounds.

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The cayuco racers try to stay on one side of the canal as barges and freighters pass near them. The scenery also changes from piers and cities to jungle.

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The 50 mile race is split into three days. Despite practicing with her teammates for three months and keeping up her regular fitness routine, Dermody said her two races were grueling. Some people train year round for the race.

FORT WALTON BEACH Growing up in Panama, Connie Dermody enjoyed the tradition and festivities of the annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race down the Panama Canal. She cheered on her mother and friends as they paddled the canoe like cayucos, but never competed herself.

are almost level with the water, and the alligators, crocodiles and ships sharing the canal can be unsettling, she said.

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