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Results of The BEAR Adventure Race - 2006

Sanctioned Points Race and Regional Qualifier 

for the US Adventure Racing Association's 2006 National Championships

Congratulations to all of the Teams competing in The BEAR and The BEAR Sprint this year!

It was a challenging course and an unusually hot Florida day. This year's race was won by Team TravelCountry.com/MightyDog, showing all the field why they are currently holding the #1 ranking in the USARA National Ranking System. In addition to being accomplished adventure racers, the members of Team TravelCountry.com/MightyDog were great spokesmen (and woman) for the sport of Adventure Racing. The race began with a gear check that included a team challenge: blindfold half of your team and bring out one requested item of BEAR Essentials gear at a time, while circling a dune next to the Main Transition. Teams immediately found that communication and cooperation were needed to efficiently complete this task. The next stage led the Teams to down the beach and back into the woods to ride all of the bike trails in the north section of Hanna Park, locating and identifying five signs (some with puzzles) along the way. Upon completion of the first Bike Stage, Teams had to make a choice between a Paddle Stage on the Atlantic Ocean or a challenging portage and paddle on the Intracoastal Waterway to the west of Hanna Park. In each case, there were checkpoints along the way that needed to be identified and recorded. This marked the end of The BEAR CUB Sprint Race. 

As racers continued with the extended course of The BEAR, they were directed to the beach for a 17 mile route that followed the shoreline and returned. As racers took too much time in the earlier stages, they found themselves facing an incoming tide -- and later racers were confronted with soft sand to navigate on the beach at high tide. A number of teams got started with smooth, packed beach conditions, but were out so long that they had to push bikes through soft sand on the return to the Main Transition. The final stage presented to racers was a Paddle Sprint, in which Teams did a short portage of their kayaks to the ocean, then had a choice of portaging, paddling, or even pulling their boats in shallow water at the edge of the beach. Teams needed to reach the north boundary of the park -- about 1.5 mile from the Main Transition -- and return to finish the maximum number of stages in The BEAR Adventure Race. The BEAR could also be said to finish with a delicious dinner catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill that is a highlight of the Awards Celebration. Our thanks to all the participants and to our supporters and sponsors, too.

Possible Stages for Teams in The BEAR Adventure Race 2006:

  1. RUN - Blind Gear Check Relay -- Run with half of Team blindfolded to show required gear before leaving Main Transition.
  2. BIKE - North Bike Trails within Hanna Park -- about 8 miles of technical biking on forest trails, locating five signs/markers.
  3. PADDLE -- option of   A. Portage and Paddle on Intracoastal Waterway or    B. Ocean Paddle about 12 miles.
  4. COASTEERING - Shark Bait/cool-down: Teams extend 200 feet of climbing rope into surf at heading of 110 degrees.
  5. TREK - Beach Dune Trek -- Locate three signs/markers along route through dunes and woods.
  6. BIKE - Tour de Beaches -- 17 miles of biking on sand along the Atlantic Ocean coast to Ponte Vedra Beach and return.
  7. PADDLE Sprint -- Paddle, portage, or pull boats along the shoreline to north edge of Hanna Park and return.

Finish

 

Results for The BEAR Adventure Race (long course) 

Team: Division: Furthest Stage Completed: Finish Time: Overall Place Division Place
TRAVELCOUNTRY.COM/MIGHTY DOG 4PC FULL/EXTENDED COURSE 7:33:25 1 1
THREE STOOGES 2PM FULL/EXTENDED COURSE 8:01:20 2 1
VIKING BROTHERHOOD 4PM FULL/EXTENDED COURSE 8:17:51 3 1
UNF-AR CLUB 2PM FULL/EXTENDED COURSE 10:05:00 4 2
WHERE THE HEIKKI R WE 4PC TOUR DE BEACHES BIKE 10:05 5 2
BITCHES RULE 2PF TOUR DE BEACHES BIKE 10:25 6 1
DRY SOCKS 2PC TOUR DE BEACHES BIKE 10:52 7 1
BRING OUT THE GIMP 4PC TOUR DE BEACHES BIKE 11:00 8 3
LEGAL EAGLES 2PC TOUR DE BEACHES BIKE 11:05 9 2
HURRICANE 4PC TOUR DE BEACHES BIKE 11:08 10 4
RAMROD 4PM TOUR DE BEACHES BIKE 11:26 11 2
ARMY-NAVY OUTDOORS/WTF 4PC TOUR DE BEACHES BIKE 11:59 12 5
CHI JUNKIES 2PM BEACH DUNE TREK 8:02 13 3
SLAMIN' SOKOS 4PC BEACH DUNE TREK 8:22 14 6
PICKING UP YOUR REAR 4PC BEACH DUNE TREK 8:40 15 7
GRAND MASTERS 4PM BEACH DUNE TREK 8:42 16 3
PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY/BASEBALL BAT 2PM BEACH DUNE TREK 8:42 17 3
ALL TERRAIN 2PM BEACH DUNE TREK 8:46 18 4
SWORDS 2PM BEACH DUNE TREK 8:49 19 5
OFF THE COUCH 2PC BEACH DUNE TREK 9:15 20 3
JIM SHORTS 2PM BEACH DUNE TREK 9:52 21 6
WOODRUFF 2PC BEACH DUNE TREK 11:31 22 4
CENTCOM 2PC BEACH DUNE TREK 11:46 23 5
WAHOOS 4PC BEACH DUNE TREK * 9:55 24 8
SORE WINNERS 4PF OCEAN PADDLE 9:42 25 1
* Without Shark Bait (ocean) Stage

PHOTOS OF The BEAR Adventure Race -- Craig O'Neal has taken over 450 photos of you during the race and now has posted 351 of the best photos at www.craig.eventpictures.com. Browsing the photos by category is easy, so make sure you look through each of the categories to find the perfect picture of you or your team. If you have any questions, please donít hesitate to email Craig O'Neal at charityrunningcoach@yahoo.com 

Results for The BEAR Sprint Adventure Race

Stages for Teams:
  1. RUN - Blind Gear Check Relay -- Run with half of Team blindfolded to show required gear before leaving Main Transition
  2. BIKE - North Bike Trails within Hanna Park -- about 8 miles of technical biking on forest trails, locating five signs/markers.
  3. PADDLE Stage -- option of   A. Portage and Paddle on Intracoastal Waterway or    B. Ocean Paddle about 12 miles
  4. COASTEERING - Shark Bait/cool-down: Teams extend 200 feet of climbing rope into surf at heading of 110 degrees
  5. TREK - Beach Dune Trek -- Locate three signs/markers along route through dunes and woods.
Team: Division: Furthest Stage Completed: Finish Time: Overall Place Division Place
GEORGE NAZARIO Solo FULL COURSE 6:39:44 1 1
TmH 2PM FULL COURSE 6:56:25 2 1
BRYAN WALLACE SOLO FULL COURSE 7:04:46 3 2
SPONKY MONKEY 2PC FULL COURSE 7:21:57 4 1
MASSIVE HEADWOUND 2PM FULL COURSE 7:22:15 5 2
ENJOYING THE JOURNEY #1 2PC FULL COURSE 7:28:00 6 2
ENJOYING THE JOURNEY #2 2PF FULL COURSE 7:28:06 7 1
JESSE ALTAMARINO SOLO FULL COURSE 8:57:13 8 3
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