The Adventure Racing World Series unites in competition the world’s best endurance athletes at Qualifier and Regional races around the globe.
The racing calendar culminates annually at the Adventure Racing World Championship where teams compete for the title of Adventure Racing World Champion.
Each year a new location is chosen to host the Adventure Racing World Championship and winners of Qualifier races and Regional Championships win a guaranteed and free place on the ARWC start line.
The original and first Adventure Racing World Championship was held in Switzerland in 2001. It has grown to be the most prestigious and globally recognised adventure racing event in the world.
For the first time in Adventure Racing World Series history the World Championship will go to Africa. Expedition Africa will host the AR World Championship 2023.
For event details see ARWC2023.com.
In the spirit of a true expedition teams are ‘unsupported’, forgoing the comfort and assistance of a support crew. They must meticulously plan all their equipment and sustenance before the race. They pre-pack these into a limited quantity of bags and boxes which are moved to various points on the course by the race organisers.
Bike Boxes must be supplied by the competitors. Our offical ARWS bike box partners are Bike Box.
Paddle bags will be provided by the Expedition Africa organization
Kayaks will be provided by the Expedition Africa organization.
Teams at the AR World Championship must include a minimum of TWO members of the same nationality to be ranked. Competitors will prove their nationality at race registration by officials checking their passport. Teams must also be of mixed gender to be ranked.
Teams at the AR World Championship will represent one designated nation only, being the nationality of the majority of team members (or of their choice if the team is split equally between two nationalities). See the announcement of July 5th 2023 here.
The winning team at ARWS Qualifier races and Regional Championships will receive a free entry to the ARWC. The team attending ARWC must include at least two members of the team winning the free entry.
If the winning team is unable to race at ARWC or has already won a free place at a prior Qualifier or Championship, the free entry may be passed down the ranking to another team.
The entry may be passed down as far as 3rd position at a Qualifier or until a team is found at a Regional Championship.
The first ARWC entry won by a team is the official free entry and they must race at ARWC with a minimum of two members from that first Qualifier or Championship race team.
Any team taking up a free place won via a Qualifier or Regional Championship which has already paid an entry fee for ARWC will be refunded this fee.
The Adventure World Championship winning team wins a free World Championship entry for the following year to defend their title.
Only ARWS Qualifiers and AR Regional Championships may offer a World Championship entry as a prize.
The AR World Championship is the annual pinnacle of the sport and draws teams, supporters, spectators and sponsors from around the world to the event. It creates a perfect platform for the adventure racing community to unite and collaborate.
ARWC hosts the annual Qualifier Expo, where each ARWS Qualifier race provides an information booth to promote their race to potential competitors and sponsors.
Starting in 2023 ARWC will host the International Adventure Racing Conference (IARC). For 2023 this takes place at the ARWC host venue on Sat. Oct 28th and online participation will be available. See all information on IARC see https://www.internationalarconference.com/
Adventure Racing World Championship 2024 has been confirmed and will be hosted by Huairasinchi, Ecuador in November 2024. www.arwc2024.com