Adventure Racing is a form of multi sports racing that combines different skills such as climbing, paddling, mountain biking, cross-country running, and so on are all adventure games. The racing events can be an expedition that spans for over a ten-day period or a sprint which take just a couple of hours
Adventure racing can be very challenging for sport persons. A unique aspect to this sport is its emphasis on teamwork rather than individual achievement. Team size ranges from two to five members or even more. It is a good opportunity for those who are into cycling, running and water sport to exercise their sporting abilities. This sport is open for both men and women.
Adventure racing can be divided into different categories and each category will have its own rules and skill requirements. Here is a look at the different categories of races held under adventure racing:
As seen from the above description, adventure racing can include many activities ranging from simple Running to Paddling, Mountaineering, Swimming, Coasteering, Canyoneering and much more.
Traditional means of transport which requires the use of horses and camels is seen, but this does not mean modern vehicles such as Mountain Bikes, Kick-Scooters, and Roller Skates are left out as these are used equally. Sometimes competitors need to take to Parasailing and Hand-Gliding to traverse the course or use ropes for purpose or ascending and descending heights.
Though the rules of adventure racing vary from game to game, some rules are generally applicable to all forms of adventure sports. Here is a look at what these are:
Adventure racing United States
In the United States, adventure racing is governed by the United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA). They ensure that organizers and participants follow all rules with regards to sport safety and competitor's health. The USARA has set up a compliance committee, where racers can report unsafe practices and bring out information about race organizers or promoters who do not stick to the minimum safety requirements for events. If racers find any racing event which has met with exceptional safety standards, these can also be reported for the benefit of other to follow.
Odyssey One Day Extreme
This is a 75-100 mile race, which happens every January. Competitors must be skilled in mountain biking, paddle boating, running and hiking as they will be expected to do these activities. Teams can consist of three members and the race lasts for a day-and-a-half.
Big Chill 24-Hour Race
This race happens in the first week of February and neither rain, snow, sleet nor hot sun can stop it. It is carried out irrespective of the whether conditions. Event competitors have to go through of two separate races - a 12 hour race and a 24 hour race, for this event.
Bonk Hard Racing
This race is held in winter and competitors are expected to know paddling, hiking and mountain biking. Team size can be 2, 3 or 4 members.
As the name suggests this adventure race does a real challenge with competitors have to cover about 50 miles of trails? Teams consist of three members and the race can last for about 10-15 hours.