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Adventure running is the sport of running over a variety of surfaces (dirt, road, mountain, sand, snow), generally over long distances, where the racer has to overcome nature. Challenges include river crossing, scrambling, snow, extreme high or low temperatures, and high altitudes.
Whilst the origins of Adventure Running involved a non-competitive personal challenge, Adventure Running races are growing in number. The dontgetlost.ca Adventure Running series in Ontario has been running for over a decade. It is the oldest and largest series of Adventure Running races in North America.
Examples of adventure running events include:
- Great Wall Marathon
- Big Five Marathon
- Great Tibetan Marathon
- Petra Marathon
- Polar circle marathon
- Rocksport Challenge
- The Loco Go Big Or Go Home Challenge