The Adventure Racing World Series Qualifier Circuit unites in competition the world’s best endurance athletes at premiere expedition length Qualifier events around the globe. The top team at each International Qualifier Round gains a coveted position on the start line of the annual pinnacle of the sport, the AR World Championship (ARWC). Each International Qualifier Round in the AR World Series sets a unique expedition length course to test mixed teams of four athletes over a 500+km course and 3-7 days of non-stop racing in the disciplines of trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, navigation and more.
RACE REPORT; Desert Challenge, Chile. ARWS S. America Round 5.
The first edition of the Desert Challenge, Chile's qualifying event for the South American ARWS Series, was a tough and challenging race, held on the coast of central Chile and starting with an ocean paddle on the Pacific.
The race began on the beautiful beach of Puerto Velero, with teams running along the beach to their kayaks and pushing off through the surf to cover the first 30 km kayaking stage.
In the first kilometres they were already advancing quickly. The Aysen team, Izan Invictus and Team Menetue-Army gained an advantage, with the Menetue team taking a small advantage into stage two.
In the next trekking stage, this team managed to get away for up to 1 hour, but behind them the powerful Merrell team were second and in third was the Chasqui Outdoors team (all of them with the best racers on the Chilean circuit).
Further into the course Aysen and Izan Invictus began to struggle with navigation. They looked very strong physically, but were not strong navigators. This made them abandon the race at a very early stage, and the first 3 teams began to open a big lead over the others.
In the following MTB stage, the Menetue Army captain made a serious navigation error, and Merrell and Chasqui Outdoors managed to catch up during the night, but the 3 teams were delayed for a couple of hours finding a checkpoint. Even so, they continued together through the night and arrived at the base camp at the end of the stage together. There they would transition to the penultimate trekking stage, and this would decide the race.
Only one of them would win and the race developed between Menetue-Army, a team with a lot of experience and a great navigator, and the Merrell team, who were physically more powerful, but not so strong with their navigation.
Both of them put up a tough fight, taking advantage of their strengths between each PC. They were already exhausted and racing in the hot sun, so when the Menetue-Army team reached the race base camp two hours before the end of the race, they decided to finish there. They wouldn’t complete the last MTB stage and would wait and leave it to fate to see if Merrell managed to reach the finish with PC24, which the army team hadn’t visited.
The wait was in their favour. Already dehydrated in the heat, the Merrell team arrived at the finish without PC24 and neither team had the strength to go back out on the final Mtb stage. So the race closed there and Menetue-Army won, and took a place at the ARWS South America championship final at La Gesta in Paraguay next February. Merrell took second place and Chasqui outdoor were third.
Race Video; fb.watch/h55-i5gjbp/
Race Photos; web.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=Vulcaniaar&set=a.576152694511536
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Coming ashore at the end of the opening stage of the Desert Challenge in Chile, the most recent round of the Adventure Racing World Series - South America Region calendar.
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The new ARWS Demonstration race, Expedition Ozark is still offering entry at $775 per person, but you need to act quickly if you want to enter at the best price.
The race includes up to 4 nights hotel accommodation and is fully supported, plus there is a $20,000 prize pool.
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Press Release - INDIA set to host Namma Adventure Race 2.0 as part of ARWS Asia Series 2023
India kick starts the ARWS Asia Regional series for the year 2023 with the“Namma Adventure Race 2.0” hosted by NthAdventure.
This event is exclusive in many ways, as the organization has tied up with one of the top universities in India “Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)” who become the FIRST university in India to be part of “The World’s Toughest Team Sport”. Also, this race is hosted in UDUPI the beautiful coastal town of Karnataka for the second edition and the Race Directors have set an entirely new course of 120km which will include kayaking, trail running, hiking, MTB, orienteering and some surprise local elements.
MAHE Pro Chancellor Dr. HS Bhallal says, “We are happy to be associated with a sport which aligns with the values of MAHE. By supporting such sports, we encourage our students to explore, learn and push their limits to learn life skills through Adventure Sports. Since the inception of MAHE, our students have proved excelled in various fields and adventure racing could also be something they may aspire to. We never know, MAHE may have future AR World Champions!. This is the time to showcase the sport to our students.”
MAHE Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh who was the first person to say yes to MAHE Adventure Race said, “Sport is always an essential part of education and MAHE is focused to open various avenues. Looking at the Adventure Racing format, it reminds us of various challenges professionally and personally we tackle in day-to-day life. We welcome Adventure Racing to MAHE and wish every student can experience this sport. And as the Pro Chancellor mentioned, we might soon see our students evolving as champions in every field of sports.”
There are 2 categories, “Namma Adventure Race 2.0”, which is part of prestigious Adventure Racing World Series – Asia Region open to all Asian countries will be a 120KM (24-Hour) team of 4 race. For all the beginners there is the “MAHE Adventure Race” a 30KM race for teams of 2, which aims to introduce people to adventure racing.
Race Directors Ajita Madan and Sayeesha Kirani said: “We are super proud to be associated with India’s top university, MAHE. To grow the sport in the country and identify the young talent for international racing platforms we need the support from institutions like MAHE.
“Udupi, which is known for its rich history, hospitality, vast culture, cuisines, and amazing yet versatile landscapes, is perfectly suited for adventure racing, a team sport which is beyond just endurance.
“We are thankful to the District Administration and all the Departments who welcome Adventure Racing and have extended their support. We are happy to host India’s top Adventure Racing Teams, welcoming new teams and may be some international competition. We can’t wait to showcase the beauty of this sport to MAHE students, and to our national and international teams on the second edition of Namma AR.”
Mark your calendar 9th, 10th & 11th December 2022, and please support and follow the race and help grow the AR community in India. @nthadventure @arwsasia
NthAdventure is a Bangalore based Adventure and Outdoor sports company and is the only licensed organization in India to host Adventure Racing from The Adventure Racing World Series. NthAdventure has been hosting AR from 2017 and their prime focus is to grow and build the adventure racing and orienteering community in India.
For more information about NthAdventure and to find out about Adventure Racing, please visit www.nthadventure.com/
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Many of our World Series Race Directors take part in other ARWS races and it's great to see Team Packraft Ecuador will be heading to the new Expedition Ozark demonstration race next April.
Santiago López Iturralde, the RD of Huairasinchi is in the team (with the same line up who raced at this year's Panama AR) and he's looking forward to "“seeing the beautiful Ozark scenery, riding the mountain bike trails and enjoying some special packraft stages on the rivers."
His own race, Huairasinchi, takes place in Ecuador at the end of July and in 2024 they will host the World Championships
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