during The BEAR Adventure Race
This event takes place in Summer... in Florida... Proper hydration is extremely important. Entrants should count on
finding no aid stations along the course; you must bring all food and water with
you. The order of events are not given before the start and you can find yourself on the
water or on trails for hours before passing through the transition area. Take plenty of
water with you. The CamelBaktm is an excellent option, as it permits you to
carry fluids on your back throughout a race.
What about the
gear we wear or carry?
You can expect that your shoes and other clothing and supplies may get wet and
dirty. This fact must be taken into consideration when choosing the items that you will
bring to the race. There will be a portion of the race that will require some
wading/swimming, so plan to wear appropriate clothing that would dry quickly.
You never know when a canoe or kayak may tip over and unsecured items can quickly find their way
to the bottom or float out of reach. Therefore, before you get in and when in the
carefully secure all items to the canoe or to your body. Dive teams will not be provided
to find your car keys, favorite sunglasses, or wedding bands, for example. Don't
carry things you will not need during the race -- especially valuables.
What are the Rules for The BEAR?
For a list of the Rules and other
important information for The BEAR, see The BEAR Rules .
Each Team should be familiar with the rules.
What should I bring for The BEAR?
Each member of your Team is required to
turn in a signed copy of the Adventure
Race Release & Waiver, so print out, complete, sign, and turn
it in at the Check-in/ Packet Pick-up before the Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting on the
morning of the race.
For a list of mandatory equipment and recommended items, see The BEAR Essentials - click here. There will
be one Main Transition area located at the race site. The BEAR
Essentials list shows instructions about what
you should pack for the transition area -- and what gear you need to have
with you "at all times." Watch the BEAR
Updates page for any changes prior to the weekend of The BEAR.
LEARN TO USE A COMPASS? Hold
down the Ctrl key and click here to
find simple instructions that you can download.
When and where do I get my Race Packet?
PACKET PICKUP AND LATE REGISTRATION: Each member
of each Team must pick up a race packet and complete waiver forms in
person before the race. Teams should pre-register, so that there will be
race packets and instructions for them on race day. Each member of newly
registering teams must be present to complete necessary waivers and pick up their race
Watch the BEAR
Updates page for any details prior to the weekend of The BEAR.
MANDATORY PRE-RACE MEETING will be held before the race.
Each team must attend the
Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting to receive race materials and instructions. Watch the BEAR
Updates page and Pre-Race
Instructions for details prior to the weekend of The BEAR.
How can our Team win... or happily survive
This event is an adventure -- it has
physical, mental and emotional challenges. Winners don't give up -- they
persevere throughout the race all the way to the finish. Each Team will have moments
of exhilaration and moments of disappointment, yet those Teams will do best that
encourage each other and press on. Keep in mind that your speed and endurance are
critical resources to be managed with care and used well along the course. There will be
plenty of times when your team will be called upon to make decisions that will determine
both your ultimate outcome in the race and your comfort level as you compete.
A great deal of thought and preparation has
gone into creating and refining The BEAR adventure race. There will be directions for your
Team all along the way -- read or listen to them carefully and make your best choice of
how to take action or respond to the information you are given. The BEAR is both a mental
and physical challenge. Consider your options of how best to respond. Quick
decisions may not always be the best. Taking shortcuts will mean missing necessary Check
Points and needed Check-in Markers, so consider your choices carefully. Teams that work
together well will have more fun and tend to have better results in the race. Be
supportive of your Teammates -- you each have strengths that are important to your Team
(and weaknesses that need to be taken into account as you race).
How can we keep up with changes?
Be sure to check the BEAR Updates
page often for announcements or changes.
I have other Questions?
Carefully read the information on The BEAR web pages. If
you still have questions, click here. Be
sure to tell us the name of your Team, so that we can assess whether we
should allot your Team some kind of penalty for asking questions that are
already answered in the BEAR web pages... :-)