Fusion 2009

Fusion 2009 represented the third annual challenge competition which was hosted on Saturday 09th May, 2009. The competition was an exciting, physical and intellectually challenging sporting event that required courage, fortitude, stamina, commitment and teamwork.

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Forty-two (42) teams participated with four persons on each team. Each team was required to hike/hash selected mountain trails within Trinidad as well as complete a series of team- work/problem-solving activities.

Competitors were required to assemble at Morne La Croix for 5:00am where team gears, first aid and team names were checked and team numbers assigned. This year the kick-off was different as teams were required to engage in “divide and conquer” as their first challenge. Two members had to hike midway to Caura while the remaining members trekked in the opposite direction to Le Monde River. Completion times ranged from 1hr 16 mins to 2hrs 53 mins for the 1st part and 1hr 22 mins to 3hrs 15 mins for the 2nd part of this leg.

Upon completion, teams had to assemble at Rincon Road, Las Cuevas to trek to Habio Waterfall then to Caurita Ridge in St. Joseph. This trek required only 3 team members having to endure a constant hill climb for about 6 miles and then a relatively flat terrain for 5 miles. During this trek, teams had to answer 4 multiple choice questions with each incorrect answer resulting in time penalties. The completion times for this leg ranged between 1hr 54 mins and 4 hrs 15mins.

At around 5:00pm, teams (using 3 persons per team), were required to run for 5km from TGIF in a clockwise direction around the Queens Park Savannah and back to TGIF then proceed into the Cruise Shipping area at the Port Authority with their fourth team member. This leg of the event ranged from 19 to 44 mins.

The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago was the title sponsor and the event which was coordinated, planned and managed by Trail Masterz, was a tremendous success. The event received high kudos (email and word of mouth) from all participants especially the visiting teams as seen below.

Award Company Team Sponsor
1st Place Eco Adventures Eco Adventures Fusion
2nd Place Deloitte CT Container Recovery & Billing
3rd Place Port Authority Junglist Pilots Association
1st Port Team Port Authority Junglist 4 Gillete Fusion Hampers (M&D)
4th Place The Ultimate Frisbee The Ultimate Players 4 LJ Williams Hampers + 4 Subway vouchers
5th Place Angostura Limited Die Hards Fusion
6th Place BPTT The Beasts 2 Unilever Hampers +1 Holiday Foods Hamper
7th Place GDF Suez GDF Suez 2 Large nature Valley Hampers + 2 Holiday Foods

Hampers

8th Place Jai’s Car Wash Team Jai 1 Hand Arnold hamper +1 Oasis hamper + 4

Subway vouchers

9th Place Port Authority Jerry-A-Tricks 1 Holiday Foods hamper +1 Oasis Hamper + 4

Subway vouchers

 
TEAM SPIRIT Port Authority Chaotic Balance 4 Carib Hampers + 2 Angostura Hampers.
1st placed Female Team Port Authority Hotties in Pink 4 Johnson and Johnson’s hampers +4 Spa gift

vouchers (Sanctuary)

2nd placed Female

Team

Central Bank of T&T CB Amazons 2 St. Ives hamper (Agostini’s)+ 2 small Nature

Valley hampers

 

Participating Teams

Team # Team Name Entity
1 4-Sure Port Authority of T&T
2 Alpha 1 Petrotrin Trinmar Operation
3 Alpha Hashers PCS Nitrogen
4 Beta Hashers PCS Nitrogen
5 BG Gas Brains BG Trinidad & Tobago
6 CB Amazons Central Bank of T&T
7 CB Samurais Central Bank of T&T
8 CB Spartans Central Bank of T&T
9 Chaotic Balance (Crazy Strength) Port Authority of T&T
10 Corkie’s Casuals A Corkie’s Casuals
11 Corkie’s Casuals B Corkie’s Casuals
12 CT Deloitte
13 Die Hards Angostura Ltd.
14 Earth Alert Earth Alert
15 Eco Adventures Eco Adventures
16 Fanatics Port Authority of T&T
17 FS1 Fluor Summit Alliance
18 FS2 Fluor Summit Alliance
19 Fujitsu Ninjas Fujitsu
20 GDF Suez GDF Suez
21 Hotties in Pink – HIP Squad Port Authority of T&T
22 Jerry-A-Tricks Port Authority of T&T
23 Jumbie Multi Sport Jumbie Multi Sport
24 Junglist Port Authority of T&T
25 Lions Pride
26 NFM Bushketeers NFM
27 Nu-Cru 1 Nu-Iron Unlimited
28 Nu-Cru 2 Nu-Iron Unlimited
29 Renegades bpTT
30 Team – B Vikings Club
31 Team Cold Sweat Oscar Francois Limited
32 Team Jai Jai’s Car Wash
33 The Beacon Trail Blazers Beacon Insurance
34 The Beasts bpTT
35 The Mountain Cats Micro Software Designs Ltd.
36 The School Masters International School (ISPS)
37 The Ultimate Players The Ultimate Frisbee
38 TSTT TSTT
39 TTIT – Trekkers Port Authority of T&T
40 Vikings Vikings Club
41 White Oak Mix & Match Angostura Ltd.
42 Yes We Can Port Authority of T&T

Official Results

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About Fusion

In 2007, Fusion Adventure Races was birthed as a means of promoting the sport in Trinidad and Tobago. In year ONE Fusion hosted 14 – 4 persons teams; one annual race, hosted more than 100 teams. In 2014, 84 teams travelled to Tobago to participate in Fusion VIII. Fusion has earned its place as the premier adventure race in Trinidad & Tobago. The races take competitors through mountain trails, offering athletes the opportunity to discover the veiled treasures of the island from a unique perspective. Additionally, intrigue is built as participants are only informed of what is required of them at each successive stage.

One of the cornerstones of Fusion races, is that emphasis is placed on teamwork, rather than individual achievement. Another cornerstone of all Fusion’s activities is safety. No stone is left unturned. Through extensive event planning, experience and teamwork, the team ensures the execution of a quality event that is bond by fun, camaraderie and integrity. This event tests team spirit, ingenuity, skill and commitment while exploring the boundaries of what’s possible by pushing oneself physically and mentally. Our slogan – “When you cross the finish line, you’ll know a little more about yourself,” becomes a reality for all team and persons touched by the spirit of Fusion.

The overwhelming demand for Fusion events pushed us in 2015 to introduce an ancillary event called Fusion Lite. Fusion Lite acts as a preparation for Fusion and has become a scouting ground for those who are looking to put together a strong contending team for Fusion. Fitness enthusias and clubs use this event as a measure of their readiness for Fusion. It is an overall test on their mettle. Fusion Lite represents one (1) leg of the full Fusion Adventure Race and that year, it attracted one hundred and twenty-six (126) teams of two (2). In 2016, two hundred and eleven teams (211) teams participated in Fusion Lite II !!

The bar was raised in 2018. “Fusion One on 1” was introduced. Three hundred and ninety-five (395) participants competed as individuals against one course. The Lluengo Loop starting and ending at Maracas Beach was the course. This will remain the location for several years so that persons can compete against their own time.

We have partnered with leading hiking clubs and fostered a symbiotic relationship through revamping defunct trails and creating new ones which hike clubs make full use of throughout the year. We are known for integrating ourselves into the communities that we take the race to as we incorporate the history and culture of these towns and villages into the intellectual challenges of the race. Promotion of history and culture of remote villages through knowledge transfer and education is another objective of the Fusion brand. An excellent example of this was our partnership with village elders and leaders of Lopinot, Brasso Seco and more recently Gran Couva when we took the event there.

Being the difference we want to see

As we trek across a course, we become one with the environment. We see, smell and breathe in what others can only begin to imagine. As a result our horizons are broadened. Over the years, the diversity of our teams be it culture, race, etc challenged us to learn and then learn some more not just about racing but the variety of issues that affect our racers and their families.

In 2018, the race highlighted the triumphs and challenges of those living with Autism. In 2019, our focus is on Child Abuse. To ensure that the services formed to address this dynamic in our country were incorporated we formed a partnership with the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. One of the aims is to have our teams, volunteers and sponsors become an additional channel through which conversations and deliberate discussions can take place to learn about and adder the problem of child abuse in our country.

Why child abuse?

Teamwork is an integral part of Fusion and we have observed that to work together as a team, persons must be willing to listen and make the requisite adjustments in order to succeed. We believe that this philosophy is applicable in the family and by extension our country. Within the family, as with a team, we must observe each other in particular our children. The phrase that they are our future can never be overstated or become cliché. It is our responsibility to become consciously aware of how our actions impact them; we must understand why they may be exhibiting certain behaviours.

Our observations and how we deliberately address them will support us in ensuring that our children are safe; that our children know that they are valued and that they are valuable.

It is because of the aforementioned symbiosis of working as a team, caring for each other, compassion with willingness to adjust that we can be an additional means through which child abuse prevention can be communicated in a meaningful manner and consistently.

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