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Items below are Optional/Recommended for the Performance Adventure Races:

bulletExtra compass - you might want to consider the Brunton 8096 Adventure Racing Compass
bulletGaiters -- they protect your lower legs and keep rocks and sand out of your shoes -- Click here for suggestions
bulletKayak or Canoe Carrier for portages -- Your team should consider the likelihood of a portage during the kayak stage. According to the Rules, you and your team are allowed to use a wheeled kayak or canoe carrier. You can contact us about renting one or... We have found two inexpensive ones: One at www.LLBean.com (item # RT47937 for $59)and one at www.rei.com (item # 492-180, for about $60), which are good prices and will be money well-spent. You can also reach L.L. Bean by phone at (800)221-4221, and R.E.I. at (800)426-4840.
bulletSunscreen -- remember the race is in Florida
bulletCamelBaktm or similar water carriers -- Click here for suggestions
bulletEnergy bars -- you may need the fuel
bulletEnergy gels -- quick and handy fuel source -- click here for suggestions
bulletExtra fluid replacement drinks -- more than you think you need
bulletAll-purpose shoes or Running shoes
bulletFanny-pack or backpack to carry Check-in Records, etc.
bulletClimbing harness and carrabiners are allowed but not needed
bulletHat for shade
bulletSwim suit & Goggles - for after the race if you like to swim
bulletExtra bike repair kit/tools
bulletExtra bike pump
bulletPatch kit for bike tubes
bulletSpare tubes for bike tires
bulletExtra Gloves
bulletRain gear/poncho
bulletWatch
bulletWhistle
bullet6-10 foot lengths of rope - extra
bulletWater jug for cleaning off sand and dirt
bulletIce chest with plenty of ice
bulletFood, fruit, sandwiches, etc, to keep at Main Transition
bulletTowels
bullet"Quick dry" shorts, shirt, and singlet
bulletLip screen
bulletSun glasses with "keeper"
bulletExtra sunglasses
bulletInsect repellent 
bulletSocks (extra pairs)
bulletExtra Bandana or handkerchief
bulletExtra clothing that's dry
bulletMore Sunblock and more fluids...

When looking for gear and clothing for Performance Adventure Racing, we recommend that you check out our SPONSORS:

bulletMountaineering -- offers a discount to all of our racers/crew/, volunteers and support staff. Get a discount of 10% off all regularly priced items and an extra 5% off all sale items when you go to the Moosejaw site and simply enter coupon code: "Clocky Radu" every time you checkout -- and your discount will be automatically applied.
bulletARMY NAVY Outdoors -- Located at 127 Monument Road, Jacksonville, FL.  This store has a fine selection of gear needed for The BEAR race -- or your next adventure.  You'll find backpacks, boots, shoes, outdoor clothing, camping equipment, and more from a variety of manufacturers. Call (904) 725-5000 for information about items you need or directions to the store. Here is a suggestion for keeping lots of fluids with you on the race -- click here for Camelbak.

NOTE:  BIKES, KAYAKS & CANOES -- Teams need to bring bikes and kayaks (single or double) or canoes.  All Biking will be done off-road. Be sure to bring an appropriate bike.  Keep in mind that Hanna Park has a large lake, and the Park is located on the Atlantic Ocean and is also near the St Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway.  Paddle sections of The Performance Adventure Racing course could include any available local waters. Kayaks or canoes are not provided by the managers of this race. Your Team may choose to use either kayaks or canoes or both (singles, doubles or a combination). The choice of the style or combination of kayaks or canoes is up to you and your Team. We would prefer that you use "boats" that are familiar to your Team for safety's sake. Don't forget that you will need a life jacket for each member of your Team. 

Kayak Rentals:  If you are interested in renting a kayak in NE Florida, we suggest that you CLICK HERE to locate a kayak or canoe. 

Purchasing a kayak or canoe? Contact Pete at Army-Navy Outdoors across Monument Road from Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville, FL.  Call (904) 725-5000 for information. Pete can suggest products that would be suited for Performance Adventure Racing.  He suggests the following Dagger kayak models for the race:  Cortez, Magellan, Charleston, and Savannah. You can view these boats at the site for Dagger kayaks at http://www.dagger.com.  Then click on your BACK button to return to The Performance Adventure Racing Series pages.

NOTE: KAYAKS & CANOES -- Keep in mind that Hanna Park has a large lake, the Park is located on the Atlantic Ocean and is also near the St Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Paddle sections of Performance Adventure Race courses could take place on any available local waters and often include a portage. Kayaks or canoes are not provided by the managers of this race. Your Team may choose to use either kayaks or canoes or both (singles, doubles or a combination). The choice of the style or combination of kayaks or canoes is up to you and your Team. We would prefer that you use "boats" that are familiar to your Team for safety's sake. Don't forget that you will need a life jacket for each member of your Team. You may want to consider renting kayaks or canoes in your home area and practicing with them prior to competing in The Performance Adventure Races. 

Official BEAR Adventure Race Hats -- Created through a special arrangement with LAVA GEAR Adventure Clothing

This year we will have BEAR Gearhead hats -- high-tech, fast-drying from Lava Gear with The  BEAR logo -- available for our racers to purchase for use in the The BEAR Adventure Race or as souvenirs of the experience and accomplishment.  The Gearhead Hat has a reflective band for your nighttime adventures, adjustable back strap with center-release buckle, mesh side panes for ventilation. It is made of super tough 4-ply taslan nylon and "bomb-proof" poly mesh.

The BEAR Gearhead Hats will be available at the Team Check-in and Team Meeting the day before the race and at the Race Admin area and at the Awards party after Teams finish. Cost for this great hat is only $25.  Reserve some for yourself and your supporters by writing to us -- click here and let us know.

                                              

We are pleased to have HAMMER GEL as a product sponsor for The BEAR.  E-CAPS/HAMMER NUTRITION -- Serious Products For Serious Endurance Athletes.  Since 1987, E-CAPS/HAMMER NUTRITION has helped tens of thousands of serious endurance athletes achieve tremendous performance with safe, natural, stimulant free, health promoting products. E-CAPS/HAMMER NUTRITION supplements and fuels are designed to optimize the training benefits of serious endurance athletes. Each and every product is produced using only high-quality, research-proven ingredients; we add no fillers, commercial-grade sugars, sweeteners, or any other additive that does not bear directly on the end result of increased performance. Clean, consistent, long-burning energy -- HAMMER GEL is an easily digested, concentrated source of complex carbohydrates with four amino acids added to enhance performance and prolong energy levels during intense training and competition. Thereıs only a trace of sugar, so HAMMER GEL doesnıt set off wild insulin spikes causing "sugar high" and "sugar crash." You wonıt find HAMMER GEL saturated with cheap, ineffective, commercial-grade sugars, which can ruin health and performance. HAMMER GEL has a syrup-like consistency that mixes easily with water if so desired. Visit E-CAPS/HAMMER NUTRITION web site

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