Fusion 5

Fusion 5 was hosted on Saturday 4th June 2011 and it represented the fifth consecutive year of the event. As promised, it was an exciting, physical and intellectually challenging sporting event that required courage, fortitude, stamina, commitment and teamwork.

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Sixty-nine (69) teams comprising of four persons participated in Fusion 5; each team was required to hike/hash selected mountain trails within Trinidad as well as complete a series of team-work/problem-solving activities. All competitors were required to assemble at the premises of St. Augustine Senior Secondary Comprehensive School no later than 3:00am to complete the final step of the registration process.

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Fusion 5 started with a team event which required a member of each team to obtain a Styrofoam ball 50 metres away and return with it to their team. All team members then had to inter-lock their arms and, with the ball on the ground in the middle of the circle, they had to kick the ball while keeping it within the circle for 50 metres. On completion, they unlocked arms and proceeded onto a highly technical circuit which was mostly abandoned prior to its cleaning for Fusion.

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Then with head-lamps on, competitors continued along the roadway up to Mount St. Benedict where teams had magnificent views of Trinidad. At this point, race officials directed teams to a trail which continued upward through a pine ridge; at the top of this ridge one could see St. Joseph clearly. The trail continued to the other peaks of Mount Tabor which were so steep that they had to be roped to provide assistance to teams. The trail then tested competitors’ skills on rolling hills followed by a steep and technical descent; it then tapered to a relatively flat run before challenging participants to go up what Trail Masterz dubbed as “snow-cone mountain” because of its very steep elevation; to the left of the climb persons had views of Caura Village.

Once the summit of this mountain was reached, it was a down-hill dash until the question and answer point (incorrect answers carried time penalties) where there were spectacular views of the Trinidad ranging from Arima to Port of Spain and Central. On completion of the questions, teams had to make their way back to the start of the leg which saw the teams completing the 15km leg in a time range of 2 hours 18 minutes to 4 hours 29 minutes.

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The second leg started at the top of the Caurita Ridge in Acono; this leg was going to test teams for all that they had to offer! On pressing the horn to signal the start of this leg, teams (3 persons required) had to solve a cryptogram puzzle which detailed the length of the course and a math problem that had to be solved before proceeding. To the surprise of competitors, a rope ladder was the next challenge and was only 200metres. The remainder of the trail to the “rest house” is a comfortable low gradient climb which saw teams completing this part of the leg between 40 and 75 minutes. At the “rest house” teams had to solve several ditloids, a mathematical based problem and a sorting problem, all of which carried time penalties for incorrect solutions. On completion of this task, teams now had a long run (18km) to complete as they made their way via a trail which Trail Masterz cleaned and widened. This trail brought participants onto the roadway at Las Cuevas where teams had a 2km road run to the hill above Las Cuevas Beach Resort; this last climb on weary legs proved to be a challenge.

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At around 5:20pm, 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 20 to 41 mins.

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Eco Adventures won the event for the third year in a row and took the challenge trophy; they completed the event (with penalties included) in 5 hours 50 minutes and 10 seconds. Ryan Mendes (the leader of Eco Adventures) carried his team comprising of Robert Sharpe, Cantius Thomas and Jason Costelloe to another stunning victory. All teams that entered were highly commended for completing the legs within time and it was evident that they learnt a little more of themselves when they crossed the finish line. The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago was the title sponsor of Fusion and the event was coordinated, planned and managed by Trail Masterz together with the Sport and Cultural Club of the Port Authority. The event continues to receive high kudos (email and word of mouth) and will hopefully one day be a staple event in Trinidad and Tobago extending into the region!

Thanks to our Fusion 5 Sponsors for making it possible!

Agostini’s Ltd
Carib Brewery
Charles Chocolotes
Container Recovery and Billing
Gatorade
Gillete Fusion
Kiss Baking Company
Monster Energy/Blue Waters
National Flour Mills
Nature Valley
Oscar Francois
Pilots Association
Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Port Authority Sport and Cultural Club
S.M. Jaleel
Sanctuary
Trail Masterz
Yoplait/Ocean Spray

Congratulations to ALL Participating Teams

Entity # of teams
+ one a week hill running group 8
Angostura Ltd 2
Atlantic LNG 2
Beacon Insurance 1
Caribbean Hiking Adventures 1
Central Bank of T&T 6
Conquerors 1
Corkies Casuals 2
D Incredible 1
Eco Adventures 1
Fujitsu 2
Fusion Fanatiks 1
Industrial Plant Services Ltd. 1
Jumbies Multisports 2
Just Now 1
Major Pain’s Bootcamp Sponsored by Scotiabank 3
Metronomes Sports and Cultural Club 1
Monster 1
Mountain Cats 1
Muscle Movers Fitness Ltd 1
MWFC 1
National Flour Mills Ltd 1
Nitrogen Hashers 2
Outsiders 1
Petrotrin 2
Port Authority of T&T 4
Prudecon 2
Radio Holland Trinidad 1
RBC Financial (Caribbean) Ltd 1
Rodney’s Revolution 2
Rogue Adventures Racing 1
Sheppard Securities Ltd. 1
Slapdash 1
Stretch and Ice 1
T&T Defence Force 5
The FourMidable Ladies 1
Trinidad All Stars 2
UWI SPEC 1
TOTAL 69

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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