Adventure Racing World Series

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The Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS[1]) comprises a number of expedition-length adventure races that push the world’s best endurance athletes to their limits[2] in a season of competition that tests their skills in a range of disciplines including navigation, trekking, adventure running, mountain biking, paddling and climbing.


Each year races in the series are held in locations spread across the globe, culminating in the staging of the Adventure Racing World Championships. The winner of the seasons’s final event is crowned World Champion.

The competition's format provides that each of the individual events of the World Series function as a qualifier for the World Championships. The top two finishing teams in each event secure the opportunity to compete in the World Championships. The field of event winners and second place getters is then supplemented by the reigning world champions, who are given the right to defend their title, and a selection of wild card entrants round out the number of starters.

The actual World Championship race rotates each year. One of the qualifying events is singled out and designated as the World Championship event and this event provides a dramatic conclusion to the end of the World Series racing season.


The Adventure Racing World Championship was the brainchild of Geoff Hunt and Pascale Lorre, long-time adventure racers who sought to "lend badly needed structure to the sport".[3] Hunt and Lorre's vision was first brought to fruition in Switzerland in 2001 where 41 teams contested the Discovery Channel World Championship with the controversy-plagued event eventually won by Finland's Team Nokia Adventure,.[3]

After a two year hiatus the Adventure Racing World Championships was next held in Canada in 2004 and has subsequently been held every year since.

In 2011 management of the series was passed to the Australian company Geocentric Outdoors.[4] The 2011 World Championships - won by Thule Adventure Team - were staged at the XPD Expedition Race in Tasmania, Australia, where 90 teams drawn from 21 countries made for the largest starting field in the event's history.[5] This is testament to the fact that the World Series hosts the very best teams in the world and "continues to grow and become more prominent".[6]

In 2012 the World Championships was held at Raid in France in Provence Alpes Côte d’Azurm, France.[7]

World Championship Results[edit]

Year Country Race World Champion
2001 Switzerland Discovery Channel World Championships Team Nokia Adventure
2004 Canada Raid The North Extreme Nike ACG Balance Bar
2005 New Zealand Southern Traverse Balance Vector
2006 Sweden Explore Sweden Nike PowerBlast
2007 Scotland Wilderness ARC[8] Nike
2008 Brazil Ecomotion[9] Orion Health
2009 Portugal Portugal XPD[10] Helly Hansen Prunesco
2010 Spain Bimbache Extrem Buff Thermocool
2011 Australia XPD Expedition Race Thule Adventure Team
2012 France Raid in France Team Seagate
2013 Costa Rica Costa Rica AR Thule Adventure Team
2014 Ecuador Husirasinchi Explorer Team Seagate

2011 Adventure Racing World Series[edit]

Race Country Dates Winner Second
Max Power UK 27-30 Aug, 2010 Adidas Terrex AcelerateB
Huairasinchi Ecuador 5–7 May 2011 Thule Adventure Team Equipo Ecuador
APEX – Alpine Expedition Switzerland 24–29 May 2011 Silva Gerber Team Switzerland
Costa Rica Adventure Race Costa Rica 24-31 Jun, 2011 Columbia Spot Vidaraid Buff Thermacool
Raid The North Extreme Canada 23-31 Jul, 2011 Wild Rose
RAID in France France 28 Aug - 1 Sep, 2011 OS-Direct Adventure Team
Gold Rush Mother Lode USA 8-11 Sep, 2011 Team Tecnu Extreme Team GearJunkie
XPD Expedition Race Australia 31 Oct - 13 Nov, 2011 Thule Adventure Team Team Silva

2012 Adventure Racing World Series[edit]

Race Country Dates
Huairasinchi Ecuador 18-21 Feb, 2012
Tierra Viva Argentina 18-26 Feb, 2012
GODZone Adventure Race New Zealand 7–14 April 2012
Costa Rica Adventure Race Costa Rica 21-28 Apr, 2012
APEX - Alpine Expedition Switzerland 5-10 Jun, 2012
Untamed New England USA 19-24 Jun, 2012
Adidas TERREX UK 18-25 Aug, 2012
Gold Rush Mother Lode USA 6-9 Sep, 2012
Raid in France (World Championship) France 15-22 Sep, 2012


  1. ^ The Free Dictionary, 2011.
  2. ^ Science Daily, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Swift, 2001.
  4. ^ Sleepmonsters, 2011.
  5. ^ AG Outdoor, 2011.
  6. ^ Adventure Junkie, 2011.
  7. ^ Explore Compete Live, 2011.
  8. ^ Scotland, 2011.
  9. ^ Xtreme Sport, 2008.
  10. ^ Xtreme Sport, 2009.


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