Fusion VIII

The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago was the title sponsor for Fusion VIII which for the first time was hosted in Tobago on the 31st of May 2014.

The start of the race was announced to the 83 teams one week earlier as Tablepiece Recreation Ground and from 2am on the morning of the event, this serene ground in Tobago was infused with the excitement and energy of the Fusion teams, all eager to begin the race, to test how well their several months of training will serve them; pacing, stretching and doing short runs around the field, warming up for the 4am start. Group photos were taken, timing chips were in place and it was time to begin the first of three legs.

The first leg required all team members to cover a distance of 11.1km and was a foot race along the winding roads through the village of Les Coteaux entering into a jeep trail.    Teams continued along this jeep trail into another village and subsequently re-entered into forest to a cavity in the earth referred to as “The Basin” where teams had to answer questions with each incorrect answer resulting in the corresponding time penalty. Teams then had to make their way downhill to the beautiful Highland Waterfall and then follow a trail alongside the river back into the village of Les Coteaux then to Tablepiece Recreation Ground where they started. Teams completed this leg in a blistering time range of 1 to 2 hours equating to an average run pace of 11km/h to 5.5km/h.

Leg 1 was meant to be a warm-up for what was to come! Leg 2 started at 8am and the scorching sun of Tobago would prove to be a formidable force to overcome on the day.

Two team members had to run 1.6km to retrieve a 16 pound token, Fusion Friend, a 2′ cylindrical pipe filled with sand.    This run took team members 10 to 24 minutes to return to the start to tag their other team members to begin a scenic but very grueling and technical 11.3km mountain bike ride through Arnos Vale into the Mot Mot trail exiting into Golden Lane Village descending into Les Coteaux.    Bikers then had to pedal uphill along Providence Road to Mount Zion Hill and descend to Waterwheel in Arnos Vale and return to the Tablepiece Recreation Ground.    Mountain Bikers took 40 minutes to two hours to complete this ride.

When the cyclists return, they must place their bikes on the rack and run to their team-mates to answer questions. After the questions are answered, teams took the Fusion Friend and 2 team members had to give their other team-members a jockey-back to the other end of the transition area with both jockey back groups remaining in connection via the Fusion Friend.  Teams then had to proceed as a 4 person unit with the Fusion Friend into the very spectacular Arnos Vale Ridge which provided views from one side of the island to another while traversing the prairie type terrain with its beautiful crests. After 5.9km, teams were given an opportunity to refill their fluids, re-hydrate and cool down for as long as they desire before continuing as a four-person unit to complete the remaining 9.5km with the Fusion Friend in the scorching sun.    At this point, everyone realised fully that Fusion is in full flight and is no walk in the park.    Teams were able to complete the 15.5km run in a time range of 2 hours 7 minutes to 5 hours.

For the final leg, the race shifted to the scenic Pigeon Point Heritage Park. Firstly, one team members had to cover a distance of 2.5km to hand over to another member to swim in the bay for 200 meters, after which two team members had a 12km cycle which took them into a trail located between the A.N.R. Robinson International Airport and the sea returning to the Pigeon Point Heritage Park to complete a 5km run.    With the spectators grown to hundreds, it was a thrilling jostle for vantage point to welcome team after team of amazing racers who were able to toil through the agony and rigours of Fusion VIII to triumphantly finish the course.

Title Sponsor:

  • Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

Platinum Sponsors:

  • The Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT)
  • THA’s Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport

Gold Sponsors:

  • Port Authority Sport and Cultural Club
  • National Lotteries Control Board
  • Blue Waters

Silver Sponsors: 

  • Ecliff Elie Designs
  • Red 96.7
  • i95.5fm
  • Carib Pilsner Light
  • Trinidad and Tobago Inter-Island Transportation Company Ltd.

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Subway
  • Gatorade

Other Sponsors:  

  • Seamen and Waterfront Workers’ Trade Union
  • Yoplait
  • Gillette Fusion ProGlide
  • Charles Chocolates
  • Port Employees Credit Union
  • Island Fusion Iced TeaAgostini’s Limited
  • Pilots’ Association of Trinidad and TobagoMike’s Bikes

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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