Way of the Beaver or Bebro Kelias is an annual extreme running event held in Pamuse, Lithuania. The competition track covers swamps, rivers, various obstacles and not so pleasant yet very rejuvenating mud baths. This is the second time Adeo Web team has participated in Bebro Kelias and it seems that this tradition has stuck with us for good.
The track consists of running through peat bogs, creeping through swamps, sprinting through a super-narrow forest trail, jumping from a bridge, climbing over walls and crawling through stacked tires. Every year the competition brings a classic, exciting objective – buckets. The buckets are hanging on quite uncomfortable to reach places and every participant is encouraged to find creative ways to touch them. Of course, just like in real life, style points matter.
It probably comes with no surprise that this year’s competition was affected by extremely hot and dry weather that persisted for most of the summer. Where last year we were swimming, this year we were creeping through deep and dense layers of good old bog mud. But even though the run (or crawl) this year was more tolling, the satisfaction of completing a portion of the course was just as satisfying.
Bebro Kelias has always been a team-oriented event. Even though some of the competition categories were timed (which would suggest a rather competitive environment), the team spirit was much stronger during the event. The optimal traveling stance for most of the route was horizontal rather than vertical, unless you wanted your leg to get stuck in the mud, likely to never be seen again. Still, with above average flexibility and dexterity, you could manage to get it out and move on. But if you got both of your legs stuck – you’re pretty much toasted.
This is what’s so special about Bebro Kelias – everybody gets stuck and needs help at some point throughout the run. That’s why you never hesitate to help out someone when they get stuck – and this changes the whole atmosphere of the event dramatically. And if your team is chugging along as a unit – there is simply no better team building exercise that you could ask for.
We’re already excited to see how deep into the mud will Bebro Kelias manage to plunge us next year.
All images © Bebro Kelias