The short-lived X-Venture adventure race was a feature of ESPN's X-Games. The first event, held in 1995, served as the second Eco-Challenge event after Eco-Challenge Maine. Each X-Venture featured 15 teams. The three-person co-ed teams travelled between 300 and 500 miles. Unlike most U.S.-based events, the X-Venture race was held in stages, allowing any team that completed the stage in less than 24 hours to rest until the next stage began. Any team that was six hours or more behind the lead at the end of a stage would be eliminated from the race.
1995 - New England
The 1995 event started in Maine and finished in Newport, RI. Team Threadbo, featuring John Jacoby, Jane Hall, and Andrew Hislop, won the inaugural event. The event was presented as the second Eco-Challenge.
1996 - New England
After a six-day, 350-mile race, the 1996 Event finished in a sprint, with Team Kobeer beating Team Eco-Internet by one second.
1st - Team Kobeer (Angelika Casteneda, John Howard, and Keith Murray)
2nd - Team Eco-Internet (Ian Adamson)
3rd - Team Mirage
4th - Team Borah
5th - Team Presido
1997 - Baja California, Mexico
1st: Presidio Adventure Racing Academy (John Howard, Andrea Spitzer, and Ian Adamson)
2nd: Team Endeavor
3rd: Red Hot