Infiterra Sports partnered with the Green's (Cooper and Michelle) to bring you the Get Your Bearings Adventure Race held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Brighton, Michigan.
Results are Unofficial. Please email Cooper with questions.
» Results - Results in PDF form. These do include splits.
» Results - This is an Excel Sheet with splits as well.
» Bike Map
» SMOC O-Course Maps Not Available
» Mapped route of "Four The Win" - the winning 4-person coed team
» Race Instructions
» Race Pictures - Courtesy of Middy Matthews, firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Contact Cooper Green or Michelle Green with any questions about the 2014 Get Your Bearings AR.
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Event Recap - It was a great day to be exploring Island Lake Recreation Area in the 3rd annual Get Your Bearings Adventure Race! Out of 150 racers, 82 were lining up for their first-ever Adventure Race. Just before the 9am start, teams gathered on top of a large, sandy hill with a 360 degree view of a unique area of ILRA becoming affectionately known as “the Badlands”.
Teams sprinted downhill from the start to pick up their bikes for section 1. The course designer could barely contain his excitement seeing racers scatter in at least 5 different directions to get to the first checkpoints (CP’s). Adventure Races should encourage multiple route choices! Teams had to work their way into and through the Badlands to tag the first 4 CP’s. At CP5, they picked up a fun section of the Yellow mountain bike loop where they hit CP’s 6 & 7 before dropping bikes at the Meadow picnic area.
After a short run down to a fishing access site, racers paddled canoes about 4 miles along a scenic and remote stretch of the Huron River. One area contained a maize of downed trees to maneuver through – with 4 teams reporting an unexpected dip in the water!
At Placeway picnic area, teams transitioned to the final orienteering section. This consisted of 10 CP’s scattered in a variety of terrain, including the final four back in the sandy badlands. Teams only needed to collect 4 of these last 10 checkpoints to finish with an official ranking.
In the featured 4-person co-ed division, the team of ‘Four The Win’ was fast and attacked the course brilliantly to earn the victory with an overall time of 2:47. The second place team, Just Living, came in with a time of 3:29, followed by ‘White Noise’ at 3:40.
In the 2-person divisions, the all-male team of ‘Schadenfreude’ came from behind on the first bike leg to take the overall win in a time of 2:34. The 2-person co-eds had one of the most exciting and close finishes, with the top 3 teams finishing within 2-minutes of each other. ‘Onward Lakeview’ just edged out ‘Tri Again Fitness’ and ‘Made Her Do It’!
The race directors awarded two special-mention prizes. One to the first team to finish that was comprised of all first-time Adventure Racers. Team ‘Father & Son’ won the category – coming in an impressive 8th overall! The second special-mention went to the team that pressed on the longest. Team ‘This Is A Breeze!’ earned that distinction finishing right at the cut-off after obtaining all of the checkpoints!
Congratulations to everyone who raced, and in particular all the first-time racers who pushed through to the end for a great finish! You should be very proud of your accomplishment. Thank you to the veteran racers who encouraged and supported all the ‘newbies’. We hope to see you all out competing and enjoying more great adventures!