Fusion One On 1 – The Lluengo Challenge 2019

Maracas Beach in Trinidad was the location for Fusion One On 1 where individuals had to compete against one course. The course was the 11.9km Lluengo Loop and was held on the 27th of April 2019.

Three hundred and eight (308) participants gathered at the location in the vicinity of Uncle Sam’s Bar from as early as 4am in preparation for the 7am start of the race. There was a huge buzz of excitement in the air as persons collected their packages with their usual race bibs, pins and subsequent timing chips. Music filled the atmosphere to add to the already fun charged atmosphere.

James Saunders was the Master of Ceremonies and he further amplified the atmosphere via his very animated and hilarious gesticulation which captured all who were in his sound and sight. At 7:45am, Director of the Children’s Authority Safiya Noel shared with participants on the importance of detecting and preventing child abuse after which persons made their way to the Eastern end of the Beach and with baited breath awaited the sound of the horn signaling the start of a day that would be unforgettable.

Director Noel sounded at exactly 7:00am and persons made their way to the Western end of the beach and then onto the road back to Uncle Sam’s Bar where they entered into the Grand Fond Road for a 2km run. On entering the canopy of the forest, the first phase of the Lluengo Loop, required persons to ascend the terribly steep Lluengo Mountain that would have felt longer than 1.7km as the average slope was 30.8%.

Participants then descended 1.4km to the water station located in St. Joseph where they would have been blessed with magnificent views of the valley. After hydrating and soaking themselves, persons had to complete a gradual 3km ascent to an area dubbed as the Cross where persons can go to the second peak of El Tucuche, Las Cuevas or Maracas Beach. Participants were directed on the trail to Maracas Beach and initially had a steep 80m ascent and a long 5km descent to Maracas Beach.

Michael Honore demolished the previously set fastest time which was set by Kelvin Johnson. Honore stopped the clock at 1 hour 28 minutes 34 seconds!!!!!! Patricia Sorias was the first female to complete the course in a blistering time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 27 seconds shattering her own record by more than 7 minutes!!!

All participants were champions and kudos to the team for seamless logistics and a well organised race at all points with no serious injuries reported.

Supporters were at the heart of the event cheering on all finishers who received medals in tribute of Autism Awareness. Everyone was kept entertained by MC extraordinaire, James Saunders who provided up to date information as it came on the progress of race.

The top ten fastest women were Patricia Sorias (1:59:27), Gabrielle Lyons (2:11:25), Allie Adams (2:17:10), Adeline Lamorell (2:27:08), Anika Walker (2:30:36), Samantha Snaggs (2:34:12), Esther McLetchie (2:34:35), Kureen Charles (2:41:14), Roxanne Lewis (2:41:38) and Anna Maria Fermin (2:44:53).

The top twenty-two men all completed the course in under 2 hours seeing Michael Honore break the record by 2 minutes. The top ten fastest men were Michael Honore (1:28:34), Guswii George (1:37:40), Lionel D’andrade (1:37:54), Thomas Adams (1:38:34), Kevern De Bellott (1:39:20), Ted John (1:41:08), Sharma Maharaj (1:45:19), Javan Lynch (1:46:55), David Jack (1:47:25) and Kerwyn Mahabir (1:47:26).

Rosamund Jolly and Hafeez Mohammed were the oldest female and male Fusionites to complete the course while Siddiq Hoein was the youngest athlete at 8 years of age, Nadesh Boodoo at age 9 was the fastest boy under 15 and his sister Karishma Boodoo was the youngest female Fusionite to complete at age 15.

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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