An unforgettable adventurous race “Great Marsh” took place in Belarus
The website mapstor.com was a technical sponsor of the race “Great Marsh” held on June 28-29 near the town of Krupki, Belarus.
Over a hundred of participants arrived at a base camp on the bank of the river Bobr to register their teams and test themselves in a competition that lasted more than 24 hours.
Adventurous race “Great Marsh” was based on the principles very similar to the international rules for expedition adventure races. Participants visited checkpoints, moving along the route on bicycles, running, swimming, kayaking, overcoming swamps and marshes, squeezing through impenetrable thickets, performing technical tasks.
The organizers have provided several options of distance. The full version of the route was designed for the most enduring participants - the real adventure seekers, capable to compete day and night without breaks.
Those who wanted to participate in such races for the first time have possibility to register in one of two short versions - by bicycle and on foot.
Adventurous race “Great Marsh” lasted for two days.
On the first day of competition, June 28, at the base camp on the bank of the river Bobr was held a prologue. Fans enjoyed a spectacular performance by captains, who competed for the best places to start by showing the wonders of acrobatics on slackline.
At 15:00 the start was announced, and teams one after another began their journeys on the route.
Many obstacles had to overcome brave participants. The first was sandy tracks while cycling. Cycling on such roads requires special skills and good endurance.
After exhausting sand, participants were to perform technical task on fixed ropes. A dizzying flight on trolls across the river Elenka, organized by the Belarusian speleologist’s club “Geliktit-TM” with the support of the sports shop "Active zone" captured everybody’s feelings.
The next test was a night trekking lap in the pale rays of the moon in mystical beauty of “Great Marshes”. Moving along the route, the teams had to cross the ancient swamp twice.
The first team returned from the marsh only at dawn. At that moment they were already tired, but one of the most interesting lap - kayaking, the first time included in the program of adventure races in Belarus, was ahead. Having made a kayak on their own, the teams experienced reliability of the construction during the three hour kayaking on the rivers Mozha and Bobr.
After kayaking, having basked in the sun rays and gathered their last strength, the participants went to the final lap of cycling, at the end of which was desired finish.
By 17:00 of the second day, June 29, all participants returned to the base camp, where they had a rest, hot tea and biscuits from the organizers and a short nap in anticipation of the announcement of the results.
At 18:00 fans and participants gathered at the awarding procedure. The strongest teams of the full distance received valuable gifts from race sponsor - the goods shop for active recreation and tourism. Sporting glasses Brenda sponsored short version of the distance “VeloSprint”, and winners of the distance “TrekSprint” received as a gift great diode lights “Fenix”. In addition, all participants received gift cards for downloading topographic maps from the technical sponsor mapstor.com, and all participants without exception received discount cards from race sponsors.
Adventure Race “Great Marsh” was organized with the help of community “Poehali!” and innovatiion company Promwad. Communication at the race was provided by Motorola TLKR T5.
The team “Promwad Tour” has no doubt that this weekend was especial for all participants and will be remembered for a long time.
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