BEAR 2003 Results
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The BEAR 2003

Adventure Race

RESULTS

The BEAR Adventure Race started in Hanna Park, a bit before dawn at 7:00 AM on October 12th, 2003. Teams started with a Gear Check Relay on the sandy beach, followed by their first crossing of The Great Wall upon entering the Main Transition (MT) to get their boats for the launch into the surf. The Paddle Stage took teams 2 miles on the ocean to the entry to the St Johns River and another 2 miles in the river to Huguenot Park on the oceanfront.  There was a chance to stretch during the 3-mile run/trek to find checkpoints in Huguenot Park before getting back into the boats for the 4-mile return paddle trip to Hanna Park via the Atlantic Ocean. Though most teams made the journey to Huguenot, a dozen teams found the surf conditions daunting and chose to wait for the paddlers to return, so that these twelve teams could continue an abbreviated version of The BEAR. Good sportsmanship and a desire to persevere were prominent in the twelve teams that waited on the beach in the wind and rain. They cheered the returning paddlers and in some cases assisted with retrieving kayaks and canoes from the shoreline to the MT.

After the Paddle Stages, Teams began an Orienteering Stage along the dunes and forest close to the beach.  When the last of the Paddlers returned, the twelve waiting teams had a penalty phase that led them back into racing, though not officially competing with those who had completed the Paddle. The Orienteering  was followed by a Bike Stage that took teams into the winding trails of Hanna Park.  As teams returned from the first Bike Stage, they were directed to begin a 5.8-mile beach trek, which was followed by  the second Bike Stage, directing teams to locate a quote on top of a piling on the beach, 8.5 miles south of the MT.  A waist-deep wade against the current in the ocean completed the race for the teams. A variety of physical and mental Mystery Events were sprinkled among the stages in The BEAR.
The weather, though predicted to be clear and calm, turned out to be very windy and loaded with rain and mist. The day was overcast most of the day. The northeast wind made it challenging to return on the long second Bike Stage, though it was a blessing on the southward ride to get to the poles. During the return trip, a number of teams used the required ropes to pull tiring teammates back to the MT.
All the teams exhibited great athleticism and determination during this year's version of The BEAR Adventure Race.  A great dinner was catered by Carraba's Italian Grill at the awards ceremony. All finishing teams will be sent custom-made BEAR medals -- and each member of the team at the dinner got prizes in the drawings that followed the race awards.

We congratulate all the teams for their efforts in The BEAR 2003. All the teams did a great job taking on the challenges of The BEAR. We have been reviewing the Team Surveys that were submitted at the dinner and we are already making plans for improving the next version of The BEAR in 2004. We hope to see you there. You can send in a survey to give us more feedback -- click here. To get started on entering The BEAR for 2004 -- click here. We will soon be posting some of the great photos of The BEAR 2003.

Teams that completed all of The BEAR challenges:

OVERALL Place

Team Name

Time

Division

Div Place

1

WISEGUYS

9:14

3P-M

1

2

AUGIE DOGS

9:19

2P-M

1

3

OBADIAH

9:53

2P-M

2

3-PERSON COED TEAMS

Division Place

Team Name

TIME

OVERALL PLACE

1 CLOSE COVER BEFORE STRIKING 10:24 7
2 SECTION 8 11:46 13
3 KENYAN TURTLES 11:56 14

3-PERSON MALE TEAMS

1 WISEGUYS 9:14 1
2 CHASING DOUBLE D 10:13 6
3 THE SIMPSONS 11:40 11 - UNOFFICIAL

2-PERSON FEMALE TEAM

1 MARSH MADNESS 11:42 12

2-PERSON MALE TEAMS

1 AUGIE DOGS 9:19 2
2 OBADIAH 9:53 3
3 SEEK & DESTROY 9:56 4
4 RUNNING SCARED 9:57 5
5 DEAD MEN WALKING 10:27 8
6 GROUND BEEF 10:32 9
7 W T F 11:22 10
8 TEAM 2564 12:10 15
9 C V 12:35 16

 After being stopped on the beach by the strong surf and current at the beginning of the Paddle Stage, twelve teams showed excellent sportsmanship, patiently waited in the wind and rain for the return of the paddlers -- and began the remainder of The BEAR race again after a brief penalty phase.

Teams that completed all but the Paddle Stages & Huguenot Trek:

Division Place

Team Name

Time

Overall among Non-Paddle Teams

3-PERSON MALE TEAMS

1 JUDGEMENT DAY 11:41 2
2 NEXT GREAT BOY BAND 11:58 3
3 C F A R 11:59 4
4 THREE BLIND MICE 12:06 6

2-PERSON MALE TEAMS

1 DIRTY FISH 11:23 1
2 VEGAS 12:01 5
3 SOFA KING TIRED 12:23 7

The BEAR 2003 was a difficult and long race. The following Teams completed most of the challenges of The BEAR, but did not reach the 5:00PM cut-off checkpoint in time to continue and finish officially.

DONGJAK INSTITUTE 2P-C (COMPLETED PADDLE)
TRIP-N-FALL 3P-C
THREE STOOGES 3P-C
FORCE MA'JEURE 3P-M
GATOR BAIT 2P-C
RENEW 2P-C
GECKO 2P-C (Dropped out due to injury)
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