2013 Turkey Burn AR Championship Review

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Pangea Adventure Racing capped off another wild season of trekking, boating, and biking all over Florida and beyond at the 2013 Turkey Burn AR.
It was the seventh installment of this flagship event created to crown Elite champions for the adventure racing season in both the Premier and Open Divisions.
Taking on new life every year, the 2013 version of this race was promoted as having a bit more "urban flair" than usual with the start/finish being on the grounds of the University of Central Florida (UCF). Their nationally ranked Knights football team had just beaten rival University of South Florida (USF) in front of 45,952 rowdy fans and the entire country on ESPN television.
Following that more conventional pastime, Elite teams rolled into campus early to take part in their own offbeat brand of entertainment.
The pavement, buildings, lights, and exiting football fanatics were a far cry from the usual lack of civilization these athletes are used to experiencing on race day. However, they soon found out that this backdrop would only represent a fraction of their 12 hour adventure. They were told to pack up their gear and kiss campus goodbye because once they left they weren't returning for a long time.
The expedition style of this event provided a true championship feel highlighting the survivalist spirit of the sport. Whatever the racers wanted with them on the course they would have to carry and any excitement of a homecoming was reserved until the end.

The Turkey Burn AR is the culmination of a year long struggle for Elite teams. Throughout the season, they compete in Pangea Adventure Racing events padding their score in the Point Series in order to qualify in their respective divisions (Premier and Open).
The one race playoff puts everyone on equal footing to determine who is crowned champion and immortalized in the Pantheon of Past Winners. The lore of this contest also brings out past champions and other top racers to compete just for pure sport of it. 
When the sun set on 2013, two teams ascended in their division above the rest. In the Premier, team Honey Stinger stood tall. Three of the four members can call this a repeat after taking the crown in 2012 under the name Florida Xtreme 2. In the Open division, the Canyoneros reached the pinnacle of their young careers by claiming victory. The homegrown team has gone from bottom to top in nearly two years of racing and intent to keep improving.
Both teams survived unusual adversity during their 12 hour journeys including crashes and broken bones. They showed more resolve than can be expected from any athletes let alone weekend warriors.
Both teams documented their odysseys in Race Reports provided in the links below. Take the time to read through the literal blow by blow accounts as the teams pursue greatness.
A much deserved congratulations to them and everyone else involved in another great season of adventure racing. We'll see you soon.

Honey Stinger | 2013 Premier Division Champions
Honey Stinger
2013 Premier Division Champions

Canyoneros | 2013 Open Division Champions
2013 Open Division Champions

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