Perfect 10 2013 Commentary


10/23/2013 - POST-RACE UPDATE

The Perfect 10 Rogaine : The Perfect Race on a Perfect Day!

What started out as early morning rain, Saturday quickly turned into a BEAUTIFUL fall day in the Missouri Ozarks.   Once again, 36 checkpoints/controls were set across the northern part of the Lake of the Ozarks State Park where 72 Bonk Hard Racers (from 10 states) spent a Perfect 10 hours trying to find as many points as possible.

At 6:45 am sharp, maps were distributed for racers to plan their day's work. Deciding which checkpoints/controls to collect (various point values) and establishing a route plan, teams and solos worked on their strategy and filed their Intention sheets. By 8:00 am, the official race start, all solos and teams were ready to head out on a day of discovery.

Just prior to race start, every racer was entered into a drawing for a kuat Vagabond X roof rackJamie Wynne's name came out of the bag! Congratulations!

CPs 10-19 were worth 10 points each, 20-29 were worth 20 points each, and 30-39 were worth 30 points each. CPs 1- 6 were of particular interest as they were 100 points each, however, they were located at the most distant locations on the course, in areas of subtle terrain, and/or significant climb.   Add to that the Big 6 Bonus (find all 100 point CPs) and you would earn 100 bonus points. The day's total possible points were 1300.

Then it was off on foot in several directions from the start. The majority of the racers headed west primarily along a road en route to two closely spaced 100 pointers out on a long peninsula.   A few chose to go south and a few northeast.   Once off the roads, the crowd dispersed into the vast forest land.   Natural water sources were limited on the course so 4 water points were established (compliments of Bridal Cave) for racers to refill their supply.   Based on water usage at the points along the course, it appears many went in a clockwise direction.   Food was also made available all afternoon at the HQ/Hash House and there were several takers due to the HQ's central location.   As the day wore on, the sun shone brightly highlighting the fall colors.

Racers started arriving in large numbers after 5:30 pm right up until the 6:00 pm cutoff time.   Once finished, racers were treated to a hearty meal and drinks.   The Butcher Shop in Camdenton, MO not only supplied our Mid-Race chili and mac & cheese, they also provided the Post-Race meal of BBQ brisket, BBQ chicken, and cheesy potatoes. Thank you, Chris!

Just prior to the awards ceremony, it was Bob Jenkins who let out that yelp of joy when his name was selected as the winner of the Tan-Tar-A Resort  deluxe weekend package! Congratulations!

The final results revealed Alpine Shop Lite - Emily Korsch and David Frei, finishing first overall with 1240 points, followed closely by second place team Team Fusion - Diane Diebold and Jason Bettis with 1220 points, then Off The Front Racing racer, Zdenek Palecek, in third place overall with 1180 points.

Division PRIZE Winners were:

1st place - 650 pts - Just Keep Moving (Melissa Kelley)

1st place - 1180 pts - Off the Front Racing (Zdenek Palecek)
2nd place - 660 pts - @thegraymatters (Aaron Gray)

1st place - 1020 pts - Ryan Stalder
2nd place - 930 pts - Bike Iowa (Jason Plunkett)
3rd place - 890 pts - Kevin Wright

1st place - 440 pts - Mike Shifman

1st place - 1240 pts - Alpine Shop Lite (David Frei & Emily Korsch)
2nd place - 1220 pts - Team Fusion (Jason Bettis & Diane Diebold)
3rd place - 980 pts - Old Shoes (David Davis & Sarah Fisher)

1st place - 680 pts - RandR (Eunika Rogers & Amber Ragland
2nd place - 610 pts - Boom Boom Pow (Jeri Lewis & Stacey Rybar)

1st place - 680 pts - Oz Cycles (Jim Jackson & Josh Schrock)
2nd place - 620 pts - Team kuat (Luke Kuschmeader, Mark Gullett, Jamie Wynne)
3rd place - 590 pts - Running Aimlessly (Matt Darr, Stephen Kruse)

1st place - 750 pts - Lab Rats (Jamie Golleher & Scott Rogers)

1st place - 730 pts - True North (Keith Duplain & Laura Duplain)

Many thanks to our volunteers for helping with the Perfect 10.
Diana Arendt - Photos
Doug Arendt - Food & HQ Setup/Take-down
Dorothy Frieze - Food & HQ Setup/Take-down
Riley Thompson - Registration, Finish Line, & HQ Setup/Take-down

Our super sponsors keep us going and put products and services into the hands of our racers. We thank the following sponsors for their contributions:

Thank you to kuat for the INCREDIBLE Vagabond X rooftop basket! Jamie Wynne will be showing off the new rack with pride.  We thank kuat for their generous support throughout the entire year.

Zanfel sponsors us year-round and continues to place the best poison ivy wash directly in the hands of our racers. By spending so much time in the woods, Bonk Hard Racers know the benefits of Zanfel. Four lucky racers took home tubes of the miracle lotion, Zanfel.

Tan-Tar-A Resort:
We sincerely appreciate Tan-Tar-A, our host hotel, and the FANTASTIC weekend get-away prize package!   Mr. & Mrs. Bob Jenkins will be returning to the Lake of the Ozarks soon to enjoy their fabulous prize.

Oz Cycles:
Many thanks to Oz Cycles & Kayaks for the hydration packs, socks, bags, and many other outdoor items they added to our prize table!   Oz Cycles continues to support multiple Bonk Hard Racing events each year with prize packages and volunteer services.

Dynamic Earth: 
Hiking, mountain climbing, camping, paddling, Dymanic Earth can suit you up for your next outdoor adventure. With a watchful eye on earth-friendly products, Dynamic Earth continues to be a supporter of our natural world while providing top notch products for outdoor activities.

Columbia Sportswear:
We thank Columbia for shirts and bags. Columbia products are comfortable and provide warmth as well as cooling when needed. Columbia knows sportswear.

Bridal Cave:
We thank Bridal Cave for supplying all our water needs for the day, not only at Race HQ but on the course as well.    Visting the Ozarks is not complete without a tour of Bridal Cave.   If you like our "above ground" adventure, you will love the beauty of the Bridal Cave "below ground" adventure.

The Perfect 10 turned out to be a perfect fall day. Congratulations to all racers taking on the challenge!   We hope you had a wonderful adventure and will join us again soon.

TriCounty Lodging Association:
We are so thankful for the support of the TriCounty Lodging Association.  They help bring events of all sorts to the Lake of the Ozarks and continue to support ALL Bonk Hard Racing events at the Lake.   We hope you take time to visit the numerous activities, shopping, and events that occur year round  at the Lake.  

The St Louis Orienteering Club is a great friend of Bonk Hard Racing.  We hope you will participate in their wonderful Orienteering events, offered throughout the year, in and around the St Louis area.  

Gary & Ellen Thompson

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