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2nd Annual Benson Polar Bear 8 Hour Obstacle Challenge

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 7:00 AM EST

517 Lake Road, Benson, VT  Map   Website

Event Details

Over 6 miles in just "ONE" loop, nearly 60 obstacles, trail running, hills, mud, ice, and snow?!  Do you think you’re up for the ULTIMATE challenge, in the middle of winter??  All the braggin’ rights go the person who can COMPLETE the most LAPS in 8 hours!  Only the tough and hardy will beat the odds on our never ending loop of physical and mental challenges!

GUEST SPEAKER on Friday, January 31, 2014:  DEANNA BLEGG

ORTC at Shale Hill presents DEANNA BLEGG, Professional Adventure/OCR competitor from Australia.  She will be joining us to race the Polar Bear with you!  2013 winner of the Women's World's Toughest Mudder this past November and came in 2nd at the Spartan World Championships at Killington in September 2013.  A motivational speaker as well, Shale Hill will be hosting a speech with her on Friday, January 31, 2013 at 7:30pm in the gym during early check-in offered 4-9pm.  The cost is $25pp and includes refreshments and light fare.  Please sign up via RaceRoster.com on this page.  Cash or credit card payment will also be accepted at the door.

Registration Fees (all values in USD)

Event Options Past PricePast PricePast PricePast Price
BENSON POLAR BEAR 8 HR. OBSTACLE CHALLENGE Complete as many laps as you can in 8 hours on our 6+ mile, 50+ obstacle challenge course!

$90.00

May 21 - Sep 01

$100.00

Sep 02 - Nov 01

$110.00

Nov 02 - Jan 01

$120.00

Jan 02 - Jan 18

BENSON POLAR BEAR 8 HR. OBSTACLE CHALLENGE - LATE ENTRY Complete as many laps as you can in 8 hours on our 6+ mile, 50+ obstacle challenge course!

$150.00

Jan 19 - Jan 29

$200.00

Jan 30 - Jan 31

ADULT - SPECTATOR PASS SPECTATOR PASS and entry to the Party Tent & ALL-DAY BUFFET!

$45.00

May 01 - Jan 31

10 & UNDER - SPECTATOR PASS SPECTATOR PASS and entry to the Party Tent & ALL-DAY buffet!

$30.00

May 01 - Jan 31

GUEST SPEAKER - DEANNA BLEGG PRO OCR/ADVENTURE ATHLETE FRIDAY, JAN 31, 2014 - 7:30pm in the gym at Shale Hill

$25.00

May 01 - Jan 31

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Event Day Schedule

Jan 31 4:00 PM - EARLY CHECK-IN 4pm-9pm

Jan 31 7:30 PM - DEANNA BLEGG - GUEST SPEAKER

Feb 01 5:30 AM - LATE CHECK-IN

Feb 01 6:00 AM - ALL-DAY BUFFET OPENS

Feb 01 6:30 AM - RACER'S BRIEFING

Feb 01 7:00 AM - POLAR BEAR BEGINS

Feb 01 4:00 PM - POLAR BEAR ENDS

Feb 01 4:30 PM - AWARDS CEREMONY

What IS this crazy race?!

Join us for 8 hours of obstacle adventure racing in the SNOW!! Winner of the most laps completed on our INSANE 6 MILE OBSTACLE COURSE takes home the big prize and bragging rights!  Check us out at www.ShaleHillAdventure.com

What if I need a break!?

Take breaks "between laps" in our enclosed heated PARTY tent with ALL DAY food buffet & beverages included in your race fee.

On course, there will be 3 bonfires going at all times to give you a moment to warm up right next to the 3 water stations.

EMTs will be available to address any injuries or hypothermic needs throughout the day.  The recommendation is to stay well hydrated and nourished throughout the day even though you may not feel thirsty due to the colder temperatures.  Cold weather clothing and "at least 4 clothing changes" should be brought with you and ready in your gear box/bag for changes between laps.  Dry/waterproof gloves, head coverings and footwear is imperitive to avoid frostbite in your extremeties!!!

Divisions and Prizes

**  ALL PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE A CUSTOM MEDAL, T-SHIRT & ACCESS TO THE ALL DAY FOOD/BEVERAGE BUFFET plus...

*  INDIVIDUAL MEN'S & WOMEN'S DIVISIONS TOP 3 PLACES EARN SPECIAL PRIZE BASKETS full of goodies and SWAG from our local sponsors.

*  MASTERS DIVISION is for any male/female age 55 & Over will receive a prize basket full of goodies and SWAG for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.

*  TEAM RECOGNITION for the most "average" laps completed among all members.  The winning team members will receive Training Visit Passes to Shale Hill and coupons to any of our items offered in our Obstactle Racing Equipment Store at www.sinergyobstacle.com (i.e., PUPs and Icebug Footwear).

Team Division (min 2 persons)

TEAM DIVISION (min. 2 persons) for any male/female combination of team members.  The team with the most "average" laps completed among all members is the winner of FREE Training Day Passes to a future visit at Shale Hill Adventure Farm awarded to each team member!  Also, valuable coupons will be awarded to team members to our store for great equipment to get you to the next level of your OCR training at www.sinergyobstacle.com


Difficulty

* This race is NOT for beginners or the average person. You must be physically fit to participate in this race that will be very challenging with nearly 60 military type obstacles, hills, shale, ice, possible snow, mud, trail running, uneven ground, walls, hay bales, monkey bars, 10' vertical walls, rope climbs, barbed wire crawls, etc.  The winning contenders of this race will be hard pressed to complete 4 laps (that's nearly 24 miles and over 200 obstacles in an 8 hour period)!!

Spectator Pass to Buffet & Party Tent

SPECTATORS who would like unlimited access to the ALL-DAY BUFFET and warming tent to support and cheer on their comrades must purchase a SPECTATOR PASS this year.  Space is limited to competitors, volunteers and a limited number of spectators due to occupancy constraints and spectators will be "required" to purchase a spectator pass prior to the event to gain access.  Sales end on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.  If you have family, friends, and/or children who would like to see you compete, but are not interested in purchasing a Spectator Pass, they are welcome to dress warm and view you on parts of the course outdoors "free of charge."  If available, Spectator Passes to the ALL-DAY Buffet will be available at the door for $45.  

To accomodate spectators that will "not" be purchasing a Spectator Pass, we are within walking distance (less than 1/8 mile) to the center of town.  You can drive, or walk, to THE WHEEL INN Restaurant or the BENSON VILLAGE STORE for convenience items, coffee, hot chocolate, HOT food and cozy table-side service.  Drive past Shale Hill Adventure Farm (on your left side of Lake Road), continue another 1/8 mile and you are in the middle of Benson!!

Discount Codes do not apply to the Spectator Pass, so, we appreciate if you would save them for your next entry as a competitor :-)

With your purchase of a SPECTATOR PASS, you will also recieve a POLAR BEAR T-SHIRT!!!  Please select your size during the registration process.

Spectators who would like to take 1 pass through the buffet will be able to purchase a meal ticket on the day of the event for $15pp or $10 for children 10 & under.  This price does not include a t-shirt or all-day access to the heated party/buffet area.  

No dogs permitted in the gym/buffet area or on the grounds.  Sorry, we love dogs, we have a dogs, but for the safety and comfort of all our patrons, we do not allow dogs.

** PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FOOD VENDOR AND SERVICE STAFF by purchasing a Spectator Pass.  We will "not" allow outside meals/food brought in from the outside unless you have a food allergy and you have notified us of your concerns.

EARLY CHECK-IN, GEAR BOXES, GUEST SPEAKER FRIDAY NIGHT & BREAKFAST

CHECK-IN will be available the afternoon/evening before the POLAR BEAR on Friday, January 31st starting 4pm through 9pm only.  If you arrive after 9pm, you will have to check-in the next morning starting at 5:30am, but you will need to park in the general parking area and then carry your gear box to the gym/barn.  Gear boxes can be dropped off at the barn/tent area at this time.  PLEASE FOLLOW THE PARKING SIGNS on LAKE ROAD to lead you to the EARLY check-in area.  You will have enough time to unload your gear box and then return your car to the parking area in the field below as we have very limited parking available at the barn/tent area.  You can return to the barn/tent to finish signing in and hang out with us to chat and meet your fellow competitors, volunteers and race directors, Rob and Jill Butler!

Guest speaker, Deanna Blegg, Pro-Adventure/OCR Competitor and motivational speaker will start at 7:30pm on Friday, January 31, 2014 in the gym at Shale Hill.  Come early to check in, pick up your registration packet and stay for her speech.  She willl discuss OCR/Adventure racing, her inspirations and accomplishments.  This is a great opportunity to meet an amazing athlete with a wonderful outlook on life!  Refreshments and light fare will be offered.  Cost is $25pp and you can pay here, via RaceRoster during sign-up, or pay at the door.  All proceeds help to fund Deanna's trip to the United States.

On Saturday, Feb. 1st, BREAKFAST will start at 6:00am.  Post time is promptly at 7am, so please allow yourself plenty of time to get dressed, put on your pinny numbers, settle in and time to eat a good breakfast (mostly of bacon)!  The racers briefing will be at 6:30am in the barn/tent area.  Line-up on the start line will be at 6:55am.  Departure for the first lap will leave at 7:00am SHARP!!

If you are only planning on doing a couple of laps or so, then you are welcome to start later than 7am.  Please keep in mind that you should still attend the competitor's briefing at 6:30am so you don't miss anything from Rob, owner and course designer!  After 7am, he starts out on the course following everyone.  It will take an average of 2-2.5 hours to complete 1 lap.  So, plan your time accordingly and dress for cold weather running!



Would you like to VOLUNTEER?

We are looking for volunteers to help us during the event!  We have several openings to help with registration, spotters on course, at the finish line (timers and lap counters), runners, penalty box, and the buffet.  Please click the "VOLUNTEER" button on the left side of this page and you will be directed to the duties we are looking to fill.  Also, please call or email us at ShaleHillAdventure@aol.com to let us know what your availability is that day.  

Volunteers who give 4 hours of their time or more get a FREE t-shirt, a buffet pass, and an entry to a future Benson Bear Obstacle Challenge Race on one of the following dates in 2014:  5/3, 6/21, 8/2, or 9/6.  If you do not want a race entry, we can offer you 2 FREE training passes to our obstacle course to use anytime in 2014.

Event Contact Information

Name: Shale Hill Adventure Farm, LLC

Phone: 802-537-3561

Email: shalehilladventure@aol.com

Website: http://www.shalehilladventure.com