Pangea Adventure Racing: Nocturnal Challenge Adventure Race

August 17, 2013

Nocturnal Challenge AR

SPORT 5 Hour and ELITE 18 Hour Adventure Race

 
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Race Reports:
 
Thank you everyone for competing in the 2013 Nocturnal Challenge AR. We are very glad the decision was made to increase this race back to 18 hours for so many reasons. First of all we know a lot of you are always craving the chance to go a little longer. We also know this could be longest event some of you would try. Having an event positioned between the 10-12 hour length and the 30 hour Atomic AR creates a great opportunity for all types of racers.
 
However, what really elates us most is that the longer an event goes the more sportsmanship, benevolence, and camaraderie is demonstrated amongst all the racers, volunteers, and everyone else involved in the whole occasion.
 
We witnessed countless examples of teams helping teams. Returning lost maps, lending each other gear, putting your race on hold to help a fellow racer. The crew of volunteers went start to finish adapting and carrying out any job thrust upon them in the face of chaos. Those are only a few cases that we viewed and just a sample of the overall warmth and neighborliness we've come to expect from this community.
 
On to the action... It's called the Nocturnal Challenge AR and that's what you get every year; a challenge. Many teams had intentions of clearing this course but as time went on that became increasingly harder. A paddle that started for most during the waning sunlight on Blackwater Creek lasted well into darkest hours along the Wekiva River.
 
Emerging from water was team Honey Stinger in firm control. By clearing the brutal back-to-back paddle courses in just under six hours, they provided themselves with enough time to control their own fate. The team never faded from there and earned a will deserved victory. Mojitos on Monday strategically skipped the furthest control point (CP 5) on the first paddle segment which ended up wearing down many teams. It's a move that could have very well netted them first place, but ultimately assured them second. The Canyoneros and Florida Xtreme/ Hunter (with 12 year-old Hunter) both used strategy and collected all the CPs they intended to go after. Smart play and perseverance earned them third and fourth respectively. The rest of the field all competed with intense fortitude and were one or two rough moments away from the top of the heap. Like always, it was exhilarating and inspiring to watch.
 
On to the Sport Race... Amazingly 19 out of the 44 total racers were first timers. Showing up for your first adventure with us in the middle of the night is an incredible leap of faith and for almost half the field to do that is just astonishing. Congratulations to all of you. Unfortunately some of those teams were derailed right off the bat with broken chains, snapped bike seats, and flat tires. It was great to see them persist through all of that which is fundamentally what adventure racing is all about.
 
On top, the Cow Tipping Dwarfs and Gone Squatchin' still delivered performances that could have taken down a full field of experienced teams. The Dwarfs cushioned themselves with a very impressive first Bike leg and had the pedal to the floor until the end. It's their third win of the season which is loaded with podium finishes. Gone Squatchin' also proved their squad is always a threat when present. One of those first time teams, Epic Saddlebaggers, debuted on the podium and second timers FREE CANDY were top five again. The rest of the field did a noble job at night when most people are all tucked away.
 
In the end.. We would like to acknowledge Lower Wekiva River State Preserve and Seminole State Forest for the use of their land and thank them for their constant preservation efforts. They provided us with a great venue to race on and were very kind to give us their blessing.
 
We'll see you next time!
 
Location:
Lower Wekiva River Preserve (map)
38015 Fechtel Road, Eustis, FL
Eustis, FL 32726

Registration Deadlines

Early ends: 06/18/2013

Regular ends: 07/16/2013

Late ends: 08/12/2013


Sport Race Leaderboard

 
#
Div
Team Name
Trek
Paddle
Bike
Pts
Time
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    1
    M-4
    Cow Tipping Dwarfs
    7
    5
    5
    17
    04:12:09
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    2
    M-4
    Gone Squatchin'
    7
    5
    5
    17
    04:22:50
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    3
    M-4
    Epic Saddlebaggers
    7
    4
    5
    16
    04:24:00
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    4
    C-3
    FREE CANDY
    6
    5
    5
    16
    04:54:50
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    5
    M-4
    Guns of Vasa
    6
    5
    5
    16
    04:57:44
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    6
    M-2
    Enginerds
    5
    5
    5
    14
    05:02:11
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    7
    C-4
    Team BikeWorks / Team Gecko
    4
    5
    4
    13
    04:54:50
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    8
    M-4
    Bush Whackers
    4
    3
    5
    12
    04:57:28
  • Show Team Details
    9
    M-2
    Pinnacle MobFit
    3
    5
    4
    12
    04:57:37
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    10
    M-3
    On Your Left
    6
    0
    4
    10
    04:43:44
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    11
    M-3
    Lost and Found
    1
    2
    5
    8
    04:46:35
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    12
    C-4
    Jaguars
    4
    0
    2
    6
    04:40:24
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    13
    C-3
    Skagamurphillard
    0
    1
    2
    2
    05:04:40

Elite Race Leaderboard

 
#
Div
Team Name
Trek
Paddle
Bike
Pts
Time
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    1
    C-4
    Honey Stinger
    15
    9
    13
    37
    16:51:15
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    2
    C-3
    Mojitos on Monday
    15
    8
    13
    36
    16:52:54
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    3
    M-2
    Canyoneros
    15
    6
    13
    34
    16:54:23
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    4
    M-3
    Florida Xtreme/ Hunter
    14
    7
    13
    34
    17:21:45
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    5
    M-3
    Nature Calls
    15
    8
    9
    32
    17:53:55
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    6
    M-3
    NW Florida AR
    15
    8
    8
    31
    16:51:30
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    7
    C-2
    We Blame Javan
    15
    8
    7
    30
    17:01:51
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    8
    C-3
    Swamp Gators
    15
    7
    8
    30
    17:23:27
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    9
    M-2
    CP Bound
    13
    9
    7
    29
    17:49:26
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    10
    M-2
    Aftermarket Racing
    15
    7
    4
    26
    16:47:44
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    11
    M-4
    Running N Circles
    15
    9
    2
    25
    16:24:15
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    12
    F-4
    Crew Zen
    11
    5
    9
    25
    17:48:48
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    13
    M-2
    Sheriff's Posse
    8
    8
    7
    23
    17:17:13
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    14
    M-2
    For the Fun of It
    11
    6
    5
    22
    15:53:23
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    15
    C-2
    Just the Two of Us
    8
    8
    6
    22
    17:18:15
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    16
    M-2
    404 Racing
    8
    8
    6
    22
    17:33:09
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    17
    M-3
    Two Racers and Him
    8
    7
    6
    21
    17:25:03
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    18
    M-2
    Chunk
    7
    8
    6
    21
    17:33:58
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    19
    M-2
    Misfit Toys
    7
    8
    7
    21
    18:04:15
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    20
    M-2
    Off in the Woods
    8
    8
    4
    20
    17:32:30
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    21
    M-4
    3 eagles and a beaver
    10
    6
    3
    19
    17:35:52
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    22
    C-4
    You And Us All
    8
    6
    5
    19
    17:41:45
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    23
    C-2
    Separation Anxiety
    7
    5
    5
    17
    17:43:48
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    24
    M-2
    Chafing The Dream
    3
    2
    2
    7
    14:53:13