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 28th of April 2018.
Three hundred and eighty (380) 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.
Persons were directed to make 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. The race started at 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.
Kelvin Johnson demolished the course, completing in a time of 1 hour 30 minutes 26 seconds!!! Patricia Sorias was the first female to complete the course in a blistering time of 2 hour, 8 minutes and 32 seconds!!!
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.