Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Great job to all the racers!!!!! I hope you all had the adventure you were looking for. Thanks to the Bushwhack Crew for allowing
the Gleneagles Challenge to go to the next level. Your races rock, like no others, and I am glad I was able to be a part of it. Special thanks to all our amazing volunteers - Debbie (Medic), Chris (Photographer), Marcey (Coursework), Rob (Utility Man). We also truly appreciate all the racer support in retrieving the Control Points after the event. That type of help really makes the post race tear down much easier.
We would love to see your pics from the race and hear about your adventure through your race reports, particularly your route choices in this rogaine style event. When posted, please send them our way, so we can post a link for all to read.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Congrats to everyone who came out to race - you are all winners!
There were no "no shows" on race day, and no DNF's.
There were no serious injuries, just a few minor scrapes and scratches.
No team was "lost" past the end of the race. I can't vouch for anything that happened during the race.
We hauled a decent pile of "unique trash" out of the park, as well as a stack of the largest pizza boxes I've ever seen.
The 50/50 prizes for the top team in each division will be processed later this week. You'll get an email with your 50% discount serial number and your 50% entry fee refund will be processed through Google Checkout (or by check if that's how you paid).
Thanks again for racing! Hope to see you at the Falls Lake Challenge!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Twelve teams cleared the whole course, with Team E2Zissou placing first overall with a time of 4:04! Racers pitched in after the race to help retrieve the control flags and had all but 2 of 27 picked up by 5:45 pm - thanks again to everyone who helped!
Detailed results and pictures will be posted this week. Check back soon for more info!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
|Team #||Team Name||Division|
|107||Beer and Nuts||2 Person Coed|
|108||Dos Amigos||2 Person Coed|
|109||Isotopes||2 Person Coed|
|117||Live Free or Die||2 Person Coed|
|118||Nacho Cheese||2 Person Coed|
|120||The Hard Way||2 Person Coed|
|130||Bringing It||3 Person Coed|
|139||E2Zissou||3 Person Coed|
|144||How Now Brown Cow||3 Person Coed|
|145||Losin' It||3 Person Coed|
|146||TBD||3 Person Coed|
|147||Boozin' it||3 Person Coed|
|148||GoBushwhack.com||3 Person Coed|
|189||Two pieces of Scheidt||3 Person Coed|
|149||My people don't run||4 Person Coed|
|150||VHP (Beta)||4 Person Coed|
|156||Girls on Singlespeed||2 Person Female|
|157||Karmageddon||2 Person Female|
|158||Suckin' Wind||2 Person Female|
|159||Team Green||2 Person Female|
|160||The Wonder Twins||2 Person Female|
|161||Whine and Cheese||2 Person Female|
|162||All Butter||3 Person Female|
|163||Learner's Permit||3 Person Female|
|164||Roundabouts||4 Person Female|
|165||Buck N Blue||2 Person Male|
|166||Don't Wait Up||2 Person Male|
|167||Flash in the Pan||2 Person Male|
|168||GungHo||2 Person Male|
|169||Left Brain-Right Brain||2 Person Male|
|170||LostBoys||2 Person Male|
|183||M&M||2 Person Male|
|184||older, slower, no wiser||2 Person Male|
|185||Palmetto Tarheels||2 Person Male|
|186||Sham Wow||2 Person Male|
|187||Sham Wow Too||2 Person Male|
|188||TeamHalfwayThere.com||2 Person Male|
|190||Buckin' Elks||3 Person Male|
|191||Finding 'rPath||3 Person Male|
|192||OTG||3 Person Male|
|193||Strange Brews||3 Person Male|
|194||The Thirsty Turtles||3 Person Male|
|195||Where's My Sherpa||3 Person Male|
|196||I'd Rather Be Drunk||4 Person Male|
|197||Niner Niner||4 Person Male|
|198||Pathfinders||4 Person Male|
|199||Pity the Fool||4 Person Male|
|119||Team CD||4 Person Male|
|200||Va Mountain Men||4 Person Male|
Sunday, April 18, 2010
If you missed getting registered for this one, there's still time to register for the Falls Lake Challenge, to be held on May 22, 2010.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
When you see the race map and plot the checkpoints, you will realize there are lots of options for how to go after this course. We brought portage wheels with us, and decided to use them when we portaged our canoe. Portage wheels aren't on the required gear list (they are on the recommended gear list). Having portage wheels just opens up more options for your race strategy. You will have to portage your boats - how much depends on your race strategy. Other options for portaging boats include just grabbing the handles and carrying them by hand, hoisting the boats up on your shoulders, hooking loops of webbing to the handles and slinging the loop over your shoulder like a purse strap, bribing another team to carry them for you, etc. Dragging boats along like a stubborn child is not recommended, and is prohibited if you're using one of the rent-free canoes (you know who you are).
There are quite a few new adventure racers doing this race. I'm not sure what your expectations are concerning how dry you'll stay on the course. I'd recommend that you expect to step in the water at least once, maybe more. You'll waste less of your valuable time if you don't hesitate when it's time to step out of the boat and go. The rest of you will probably be wet from sweat and dirty from playing in the woods, so why would you expect to have clean dry shoes and socks at the end of the race? :)
What are our predictions for top finish times? There are lots of variables involved, but I think several of the strong, experienced teams will probably clean the course in a little over four hours. There has been an explosion of foliage since we vetted the course, and that may slow them down a little. A fit team that can navigate ok should be able to come close to cleaning the course within the 6 hour limit. Time management is the key, making sure you don't waste too much time in the TA and making sure you leave yourself enough time to get back to the Finish by the cutoff time.
No matter how your team does compared to other teams, if you come to the Gleneagles Challenge with the goals of having fun, being safe, and challenging yourselves, then you can succeed! We're setting up a great event for you to come enjoy a day with friends while playing in the great outdoors - you can't beat that!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Bushwhack Adventure Racing
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Yes, the 1st and 2nd runnings of the Gleneagles Challenge did start and finish from my garage in the Gleneagles Subdivision of Cary, NC. Last year I expanded it to a Bond Park pavilion and this year graduated to the big leagues with the Gleneagles Challenge 2010 being a Bushwhack Adventures production and part of the Checkpoint Tracker Series. For locals who have done a GEC in the past, you'll still find some things you've seen in the past (climbing up trees and going into tunnels).
Marcey and I recently completed the initial coursework and Pat and Don will vet the course soon. The course will almost be completely Rogaine allowing many options for fun, fast single track mountain biking, paddling in the clear blue waters of Harris Lake with a Nuclear Plant looking down at you, and trekking through some dense pine groves. The GEC 2010 will be a great race for beginners and will challenge experienced racers to clear the course.
And since copyright laws proclude us from using the old GEC logo, I "borrowed" from the 5-Star Gleneagles Luxury Hotel and Country Club in Scotland, we are introducing the new GEC logo for 2010. Register soon and we will see you at Harris Lake.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
We have 8 of the 20 rent-free canoes from Frog Hollow Outdoors spoken for, so there's still a chance to get your team on the list. Don't forget that your Team needs to be paid in full, as well as having your Squad profile in "Complete" status on the Checkpoint Tracker website.
It was interesting to note that the first several teams to be fully registered were Female teams. In fact, the Female teams are almost 100% fully registered, compared to 25% of the Coed teams and less than 20% of the Male teams. I guess we know which Division is better with taking care of the administrative challenges!!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Online registration is being handled through the Checkpoint Tracker website, so get your team signed up there (for free) now!
Race shirt deadline - Team registration must be paid in full by March 24th in order to guarantee race shirts and race pint glasses for team members.
More details can be found on the Registration page.