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BEAR 2007 Race Report

Results of The BEAR Adventure Race - 2007

Sanctioned Points Race and Regional Qualifier 

for the US Adventure Racing Association's 2007 National Championships

The BEAR Adventure Race took place at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, South Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, on 9/2/07, Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. 

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

The BEAR Adventure Race includes a series of stages that must be completed within the race time limits. Some Teams enter the BEAR Sprint with a 6-hour time limit. Those entering The BEAR (10-hour limit) are provided with Stage Instruction sheets to begin the race, and are given the next set of instructions as they complete each stage. There was an intermediate cut-off time at 5:00pm, after which Teams were not given the next set of instructions that would clearly cause the Team to finish after the race time limit of 10 hours. At the beginning of the races, both Sprint and BEAR Teams are using the same instructions. In order to win The BEAR, a Team must complete the most stages in the shortest time and stay within the time limit.
The BEAR 2007 was held on a day that started partly overcast and turned to heavy rain and thunderstorms. The race was won by Team BAMF, made up of new adventure racers from Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. With great teamwork and a positive, go-go attitude, they showed that experience can be overcome by enthusiasm and talent.  

The BEAR 2007 race began with a gear check that included a team challenge: bring out two requested items of BEAR Essentials gear at a time, while carrying a teammate to a patch of woods about 450 feet from the Main Transition. Teams completed this task and headed out with their bikes on a combination Bike/Coasteering Stage through the southern trails and along the shore of the Tolomato River/Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). The next stage led the Teams on a kayak portage to Shell Bluff and a paddle down the Tolomato River/Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and then up the Guana River to return to the MT. A Trek Stage followed, with Teams headed to an observation tower overlooking the marshes and the ICW. The end of the Trek Stage represented the end of the BEAR Sprint Adventure Race.
The BEAR Adventure Race continued with a long bike stage northward into the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) of the Reserve. Teams rode through some trails in the WMA that can be soft white sand in dry weather, but were drenched with the day's heavy rains. Some Teams were more successful with their movement on the trails and access roads, while others struggled with the sandy areas.  Following the second bike stage, Teams had a short portage and paddle stage with a trek at the midway point. 
In each stage, there were checkpoints along the way that needed to be identified and recorded. To win, Teams needed 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 2007:

  1. RUN - Man-carry Gear Check Relay -- Run and carry a teammate to show required gear before leaving Main Transition.
  2. BIKE/COASTEERING- South trails of Guana Reserve -- about 5 miles of biking on forest trails, plus locating five signs/markers along the shoreline of the ICW.
  3. PADDLE -- Portage and Paddle on Intracoastal Waterway and Guana River, locating markers along the way.
  4. TREK - Locate three signs/markers along route through woods.
  5. BIKE/CYCLOCROSS - 15 miles of biking on sand in the WMA, locating six signs with letters and unscrambling the letters to form a word.
  6. PADDLE/TREK-- Portage and paddle, along the shoreline north in Lake Ponte Vedra, trek to find information, and return.

PHOTOS: Here is the link to photos from The BEAR 2007 - www.photojoerabbit.com/bear/bear2007 
There are over 400 photos so the site takes a few seconds to load up. You can order high resolution digital files of your team or other action during The BEAR. The photos will be sent by email -- Only $15 each (by comparison, brightroom charges $27 each for digital files via email). Prints can be requested with digital file order. Racers can pay by Paypal -- contact Joe at jmdesignz2@aol.com with the code numbers for the photo/s you or your Team want to order.

RACE REPORT from Ron Eaglin, Team TCO: Click here to read Ron's great description of this year's race.

RESULTS

The BEAR 2007 Ė 10-hour -- Time of Day for Completion of Stages:

Race Number

Team Name

Div

Compl Bike 1

Compl Paddle1

Compl Trek 1

Compl Bike 2

Compl Paddle2

Overall Place

Division Place

1001

BAMF

4PC

0916

1114

1210

1500

1630

1

1

1003

JAX #2

4PC

0919

1125

1228

1534

1658

6

2

1004

JAX #3 Ė WTF

4PC

0937

1215

1335

1721

--

16

3

1002

FLYING SCR MONKEYS

4PC

0929

1225

1341

DNF

--

24

4

1006

WHIRLED PEAS

4PF

0950

1241

1350

1740

--

21

1

1005

TUPPER

4PF

0950

1335

1540

1800

Unofficial

23

2

1007

PIRATIC ADVANTAGE

4PM

0920

1141

1255

1600

1730

10

1

1008

SLOWSKY

4PM

0930

1150

1305

1655

--

14

2

1009

BONHAM DENTAL

2PC

0922

1119

1219

1540

1658

5

1

1011

OFF THE GRID

2PC

0925

1131

1252

1548

1659

8

2

1010

CHAPMAS

2PC

0945

1216

1320

1743

--

22

3

1012

WHICH WAY?

2PF

0928

1215

1323

1645

1815

11

1

1021

T C O

2PM

0920

1110

1231

1520

1640

2

1

1024

WISEGUYS

2PM

0936

1140

1251

1529

1651

3

2

1025

VIKING EXPRESS

2PM

0915

1114

1216

1520

1655

4

3

1016

JAX #1

2PM

0919

1106

1214

1532

1658

7

4

1022

TWO STOOGES

2PM

0917

1131

1244

1555

1720

9

5

1020

SPARTANS

2PM

0925

1137

1245

1645

1829

12

6

1017

SKIPPY & SMASHMOUTH

2PM

0925

1146

1306

1632

--

13

7

1013

CHADíS INSPIRATION

2PM

0920

1139

1250

1702

--

15

8

1019

SONS OF LIBERTY

2PM

0940

1258

1435

1730

--

17

9

1015

IBIíS

2PM

0945

1256

1440

1730

--

18

10

1023

WIGGUMíS WARRIORS

2PM

0942

1221

1350

1731

--

19

11

1018

SKOOK

2PM

0936

1210

1346

1732

--

20

12

The BEAR Sprint 2007 Ė 6-hour

1029

JOY & CHUCK

2PC

0932

1137

1241

2

1

1031

MIGHTY MOUSE & WW

2PC

0943

1200

1301

5

2

1028

CLANCY

2PC

0939

1201

1308

6

3

1033

MACARONI MAGIC

2PC

0940

1224

1334

10

4

1032

CORY

2PC

0941

1217

1340

11

5

1030

LIONS

2PC

0955

1244

1405

15

6

1027

COMMUNITY HOSPICE

2PC

0935

1200

1548

17

7

1035

PURPLE WANNABES

2PF

0944

1240

1350

13

1

1034

SHUTTER SPEED

2PF

1015

1327

1500

16

2

1026

BOMBASTIC

2PM+

0922

1228

1331

9

--

1014

DIRTY FISHHOOK

2PM

0923

1134

1237

1

1

1036

HALKER

2PM

0917

1137

1255

3

2

1040

SLOPPY SECONDS

2PM

0924

1146

1300

4

3

1041

SHAKE-N-BAKE

2PM

0934

1159

1311

7

4

1037

IíM WITH STUPID

2PM

0945

1215

1329

8

5

1039

NOT QUITE READY

2PM

0942

1229

1345

12

6

1038

MAGNIF. BASTARDS

2PM

0954

1258

1353

14

7

Team Division designations: 4PC = 4-Person Coed; 4PF = 4-Person Female; 4PM = 4-Person Male

                                  2PC = 2-Person Coed; 2PF = 2-Person Female; 2PM = 2-Person Male

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