The Adventure Racing World Championship will take teams on an epic non-stop journey of 700+km in the disciplines of trek/run, mountain bike, kayaking, rope work, and navigation. The winning team is expected to finish the course in approximately 4-5 days and remaining teams are permitted up to 8 days to complete the course.
Teams of four athletes including both male and female members will push themselves to the ultimate limits of human endurance at the AR World Championship. All team members complete all sections of the course and they must not be separated by more than 100m. All teams race on the same course and in the spirit of adventure racing the roster includes both elite teams and teams whose ultimate goal is to just reach the finish line.
Some races have a “Lock Down” period after teams are given the route and the detailed course maps. Teams must remain in the Lock Down area until the race start and are prohibited access to the internet, phones, tablets etc. as these can assist with navigation and planning.
Lock Down is not compulsory for Race Directors to implement.
There will be NO Lock Down at ARWC - Expedition Africa. At this race teams will receive maps at each transition area.
During the ARWS, teams are equipped with durable tracking devices that enable organizers to monitor their progress throughout the multi-day event. This technology provides spectators with the ability to track each team's location and progress in real-time through the live race website.
As teams navigate through challenging terrain and conditions, followers can see which teams are in the lead, which are falling behind, and how each team is faring in the race. The live tracking feature also provides added safety measures for competitors, as race organizers can quickly locate each team in case of an emergency.
Overall, the ARWS live tracking technology enhances the race experience for spectators while helping to ensure the safety of all participants.
The Championship will use these Mandatory Equipment Rules
Garmin GPS watches with Adventure Racing Mode are the only AR World Series approved GPS watches and can be used at ARWC if registered and supervised with the race Referees. (No other GPS enabled watches are permitted.)
The Championship will be adjudicated by 3 official AR World Series Referees and use the Adventure Racing World Series Rules of Competition.