From CP 1 to CP 2, teams traveled overland to
a place where a lake met a swamp and all the bugs in the world
congregated! Race Staffer Vin, fully dressed in bug wear, waited
quietly as many teams walked past him in the search of the
correct location. Teams Crashing Hard and Machine arrived at the
same time to CP2. Crashing Hard made the trek in 18 minutes!
Their secret? A straight shot to the CP. Most teams took about
45 minutes to hike through the bush. Team Bronte Boyz received a
crash course in taking a bearing just before race start, managed
a fourth place time into CP2.
Many teams used the tips from the race briefing to find ways across the swamps via beaver dams. Other teams just chose to keep going straight and get more than their feet wet. With Crashing Hard still well in the lead – teams Worth the Drive, TPS, Machine, Bereft of Purpose and Peaks were still on the radar within minutes of each other.
The bike leg from CP 3 to CP 4 started with a short ride on the road to a trail head. Teams then faced a muddy, dirty ride / hike a bike to CP 4. Crashing Hard, once again was the first into CP4 arriving 50 minutes ahead of the next team. Peaks, TPS, Bereft of Purpose and Had No Plans were the next 5 teams respectively. Team Had No Plans made a great comeback after being 20th off the water at CP 1. Team Recycled a co-ed team made steady gains over the day to move into 14th place – with a combined age of 160? Team Recycled really kicked some butt.
Teams that arrived before 4:15 pm at CP 4 were given the choice to try the advanced navigation section. Teams that chose the advanced section hiked to the top of the highest point in the area. This required a tight bearing as you couldn’t see the communication towers until you were right beside them, eight teams made the cut off and proceeded on the advanced course.
To the finish line, teams either trekked in
from the advanced course or biked eight kilometers to the
Salomon finish line! Many teams were greeted by Samuel de