Adventure Racing events include sprints of a few hours through Expedition. Natural terrain obstacles such as mountains, deserts, rivers and oceans are common. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 use any means of non-motorized transport to navigate distances up to 1,000 km. Sprint Adventure Races were popularized in the 1980’s and 1990’s introducing man-made obstacles, fewer disciplines, less equipment and shorter distances. Originally popularized by the Raid Gauloises and Eco-Challenge.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ADVENTURE RACING
1921 Sea to Summit Adventure Race (Seattle, USA)
1979 Alpine Ironman (NZL)
1981 – current: Coast to Coast and TV show (NZL)
1982 Wildtrek and TV show (AUS)
1989 – 2008 Raid World Championships / Raid Gauloises (Worldwide)
1995 – 1997 first medal events at International Multisport Games in the modern ear: ESPN X-Games (USA)
1995 – current: Eco-Challenge World Championships (Worldwide, 300M TV viewers)
1997-2000 HiTech Sprint US national series and TV show (USA)
1998 – current: USARA & other NGBs. Brazil was the first obstacle sport recognized by their NOC.
1999 – 2004 Outdoor Quest Multisport World Championships, Asia (100M TV viewers)
2000 – 2004 Balance Bar Sprint US national series and TV show (USA)
2000 – 2010 Muddy Buddy / OCR US national series (USA)
2002 – current: Primal Quest World Championships, North America
World’s Toughest Race, Eco-Challenge, Fiji.