2013 Bonkhard Castlewood 8 hour AR Report, AKA Frozen Hell......
So for this year's race BOR fielded two teams, BOR being the two man consisting of Scott and Neil, and BORed (BOR Elite Division) was a 4 person coed consisting of Amanda, Kevin, Dave and John. Basically our two teams just stuck together and formed one six person, 6 people has to be better than 4, right?
Seems odd that I can describe the entire race in fewer words then it took to describe our team structure, cold and frozen. The temperature at race start varies on who you talk to, but it was anywhere from 8 - 12 degrees. Yeah, it was cold. People we so bundled up that I walked right past Dave at the start and we didn't recognize each other. Just look how bundled up we are.
The previous night we had discussed things we needed to do during the race to keep the cold from adversely affecting us, things like drain the camel back hoses after each drink, don't shed your outer layers, try to stay dry and don't flip the canoe. But that didn't come close to preparing for a single digit start temp. After feeling like I was freezing in place the race was started and we were off to checkpoint 3. We followed a large group also doing the same thing up a hill to the CP. I managed to mispunch CP 3 as CP 2 (how do you mispunch the first point? I blame the cold!) but quickly fixed my mistake and we were off. While the navs were getting a bearing I started to take a drink, but my hose was frozen solid. Even though I had blown all the water out of my hose, the residual in the valve had frozen up. I could see a look of panic slowly start to come over the team and we realized that every ones water hoses had frozen. We managed to unfreeze my hose and after some work got most of them unfrozen, except for Johns, his was solid. So we then had ideas of shoving them in jackets, wrapping jackets around camel backs and so on and set off for the next CP. We managed to get a little confused on the next CP and while trying to find a bearing I was informed that my compass wasn't correct. My cheap compass was frozen. Glad I wasn't navigating, otherwise we would have been screwed. From here on the running section continued as normal and when we were heading back to HQ we were an hour and 15 minutes into the race. We where running a little behind where we wanted to be time wise, but getting ready to get on the bikes is always a morale boost for BOR! Here you can see our newbies John and Amanda being in good spirits!