About the AR World Championship
The AR World Series unites in competition the worlds best endurance athletes at premiere Qualifier events around the globe. The top two teams at each of these races gain a coveted position on the start line of the annual pinnacle of the sport, the AR World Championship.
The AR World Championship has defined the sport of adventure racing and crowned the worlds top adventure racing teams since 2001. Each year a Qualifier event is chosen to host the championship. They accept:
- The top two placed teams at each Qualifier,
- The highest placed all national membered team from each Qualifier if they were not placed 1st or 2nd,
- The previous AR World Champions, and second placed team from previous AR World Championship,
- And allocate wild card entries.
AR World Championship Hosts
A Qualifier race must nominate to the AR World Series to host the AR World Championship. The host race is then chosen through a vote of AR World Series Members (the director of each Qualifier) and announced. The host for the AR World Championship 2016 is XPD Australia
AR World Championship Qualification
Teams are required to qualify to attend the annual pinnacle of the sport, the AR World Championship. Qualifying teams must race the AR World Championship with a minimum of two members of the team who won the Qualifying spot.
1. The winning team at each Qualifier receives a prize of a guaranteed qualification spot and a paid entry to the AR World Championship. The second place team at each Qualifier receives a prize of a guaranteed spot to the AR World Championship. If any teams winning the 1st or 2nd place prizes already hold a Qualifying spot and/or a paid entry, then these prizes are transferred to the next placed team. They are passed until they are received by a team who doesn't already hold these Qualification and/or paid spots and stops at that team, and is not passed to another team in the event they are not able to race.
2. One spot from each Qualifier is reserved for the top placed all national team from the host country of the Qualifier. This spot is in addition to any national team/s who may have Qualified with the 1st or 2nd place prize. A team must decide within 14 days of receiving this qualification spot if they will accept it or it will then be passed to the next team in the results until an all national team accepts this Qualification spot.
3. Host country teams from the AR World Championship host may be included in the race.
4. Wild Card spots may be allocated by the AR World Championship Host through an application process. Preference will be given to teams holding a current AR World Ranking (Teams must complete at least one ARWS race in previous two years - more details at ranking). Higher ranked teams will have preference over lower ranked teams.
National Team Rules
For a team to be eligible to race at the AR World Championship it must include a minimum of three members of the same nationality. Competitors will prove their nationality at race registration by officials checking their passport is valid and issued by the country the team is representing. Competitors representing their country of residence, if different to their passport, must show suitable proof of residency. This rule is not applicable to the Qualifying rounds. Teams at the AR World Championship will represent one designated nation only, being the nationality of the majority of team members.
The format of a team name will be adapted at the AR World Championship to include firstly the name of the country the team is representing, and may then be followed by sponsor names, for example team USA - Sponsor X. Multiple teams representing the same country are permitted.
AR World Championship Other Activities
The AR World Championship is the annual pinacle of the sport and draws teams, supporters, spectators, sponsors etc to the event. It hosts the annual Qualifier Expo where each international qualifier provides an information booth to promote their race to potential competitors and sponsors. The annual meeting of race directors is also held on the final day of the AR World Championship.
History - AR World Champions
2015 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
NEW ZEALAND SEAGATE - Chris Forne, Stuart Lynch, Sophie Hart, Nathan Fa'avae (L to R).
Country - Brazil / Race host - Brazil Pro Adventure Race.
2014 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
NEW ZEALAND SEAGATE - Nathan Fa'avae, Stuart Lynch, Sophie Hart, Chris Forne (L to R).
Country - Ecuador / Race host - Huairasinchi.
2013 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
THULE ADVENTURE TEAM - Alberth Roca, Jacky Boisset, Myriam Guillot, Stuart Lynch.
Country - Costa Rica / Race host - Costa Rica Adventure Race.
2012 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
SEAGATE - Trevor Voyce, Chris Forne, Sophie Hart, Nathan Fa'avae (L to R).
Country - France / Race host - Raid in France.
2011 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
THULE ADVENTURE TEAM - Per Vestling, Jacky Boisset, Myriam Guillot, Martin Flinta (L to R).
Country - Australia / Race host - XPD Expedition Race.
2010 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
BUFF THERMOCOOL - Benjamen Midena, Emma Roca, Fran Lopez Costoya, Arnau Julia (L to R).
Country - Spain / Race host - Bimbache Extrem.
2009 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
HELLY HANSEN PRUNESCO - Warren Bates, Tom Gibbs, Nicola Macloed, Nick Gracie (L to R).
Country - Portugal / Race host - Portugal XPD.
2008 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
ORION HEALTH - Wayne Oxenham, Anna Berthelsen, Brent Edwards, Stuart Lynch (L to R).
Country - Brazil / Race host - Ecomotion Pro.
2007 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
NIKE - Mike Tobin, Chris Forne, Monique Merrell, Mike Kloser (L to R).
Country - Scotland / Race host - Wilderness ARC.
2006 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
NIKE POWERBLAST - Monique Merrell, Dave Weins, Richard Ussher, Ian Adamson (L to R).
Country - Sweden / Race host - Explore Sweden.
2005 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
BALANCE VECTOR - Marcel Hagener, Nathan Fa'avae, Kristina Anglem, Richard Ussher, (L to R).
Country - New Zealand/ Race host - Southern Traverse.
2004 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
NIKE ACG BALANCE BAR - Mike Kloser, Danelle Ballangee, Ian Adamson, Michael Tobin (L to R).
Country - Canada / Race host - Raid The North Extreme.
2001 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONS
NOKIA - Petri Forseman, Jukka Pinola, Mika Hirvinen, Elina Maki-Rautila.
Country - Switzerland.