February 8, 2013
The second installment of Pangea's 72 hour bicoastal expedition is right around the corner. Find out what to expect this year when we Adventure Race across Florida from Sea 2 Sea.
For a race promoter, an event of this magnitude takes a lot of thinking, a lot of planning, and a lot of hardwork.
And sometimes it takes a whole lot more than that to avoid chaos.
"It was a bit overwhelming at times last year," said Greg Owens of Pangea. "Somehow we pulled it together but I don't want to be that unprepared again."
It took a great core of volunteers and a great group of racers in order to make the event a success in 2012.
"It felt like a traveling circus act after a while," Owens said. "But I want to say it was emotional watching the race come together and everyone bonding."
Thankfully, most volunteers and a lot of racers from last year have returned to do it again.
"Having these volunteers in place is such a relief," Owens said. "I feel comfortable with who we have and I know they are capable of what we need."
Remember this race is unsupported meaning Pangea AR provides all transport and staging of equipment. Racers should feel like Pangea and its Volunteers are in position to give them great support.
As for the course itself, here is how it's expect it to go.
The first 30 hours or so should be fast paced with multiple discipline changes every two to five hours. This should allow teams to cover a lot of ground heading West on the first day.
Eventually as energy levels fade into the second night, the event will have more of an expedition feel with longer segments. This should be an opportunity for the pack to catch up with each other as well.
Overall the Biking will be very fast and on a lot of road. Drafting and/or towing will be very important. The navigator will be challenged day and night during Trek and Paddle sections.
"We missed out on a few good riding trails this time," Owens said. "But teams should have their hands full on foot and boat. Plus we can store those bike trails away for next year."
A basic course outline will be provided the night before the race and maps will again be given out as needed on the course and will vary in type and scale.
I like giving them the different maps as they progress for many reasons," Owens said. "Not having all your maps at once helps people sleep the night before, organize their materials during the race, and it poses unique challenges for the navigator especially as the race goes deeper."
The race should again cover approximately 300k on Bike, and 100k on both Foot and Boat with the winning time somewhere between 58-60 hours.
For the race promoter, being better able to manage the chaos and not create so much of it in the first place should allow for coverage of the event to be improved as well.
"We always have big ideas about the information we're going to put out there," Owens said. "But when sleep becomes a commodity and everyone is working so hard just to keep the race going the coverage slips through the cracks."
The hope this year is to have everyone rested and the event running smoothly so that regular updates will occur. Results are always loaded live as they come in and other information will be put out on the Leaderboard, Facebook, and Twitter.
"We want people to interact with us," Owens said. "If someone is interested in your journey we want to be there to let them know how you are doing or where you will be."
At the end of the day, a traveling circus takes an entire community to move on and Pangea feels they have just the right group of people to make it a show to remember.