Race Report by Statesboro Pacer, Doug James

 

11/11/05, Iron Eagle CRI Challenge-Off Road Biking, Foot Travel, Canoeing, & Mystery Challenge, Statesboro, GA;  RACE APP

 

The inaugural running of the Iron Eagle Adventure Race was, from a participant’s viewpoint, a resounding success!  Those of you that were unable to attend missed a great time.  Nathan Kile (aka HASH Master), nkile1@georgiasouthern.edu, did an awesome job of coordinating and running this event.

 

Fortunately, there were so many things to do and so much stuff going on, that I can’t remember all of the specifics.  One thing for sure, there was never a dull moment.  From picking-up the race packet to the awards ceremony, there was always something going on.

 

The race started with each team of two having to put cardboard pieces together to make a square.  After figuring out that “mystery challenge,” we were allowed to start the mountain bike portion.  This course, approximately a 5 mile loop, went in and out of the woods, over streets, and all over the GSU campus.  Throughout the course there were other challenges such as: dribbling a soccer ball, navigating a ball maze blindfolded with the aid of your seeing partner, etc.  Just as you felt a little winded from grinding on the bike, another challenge came about that let you catch your breath.

 

After transitioning from the bike to the foot travel portion, we encountered more challenges: scaling a wall, throwing Frisbees, and canoeing around the Lakeside lake.  This portion was around 1 ˝ miles, I think.  We ran up hill and down hill, across streets, and through the campus.  Just when we saw the finish line, there was another challenge awaiting us.  We had to get both partners through a rope circle that was lying on the ground.  Not too tough, huh?  How about doing it without the use of your hands?

 

The finish was completely stocked with hot pizza, cold sodas, Red Bull, Gatorade, and water.  Oh, did I forget to mention the big cookies and fruit?  Needless to say, going home hungry was only the fault of those that didn’t eat. 

 

With the cool t-shirt, water bottle, food, refreshments, and a very cool race, this was money well spent.  I had a great time, and I hope that Nathan will plan on many more races.