New Adventure Race to NWA in 2023

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Some of the best adventure racing teams in the world will be in northwest Arkansas April 3-8, 2023 for a new race on the Adventure World Championship playoff schedule Racing World Series (ARWS), organizers announced June 16.

The Expedition Ozark race will be a new race on the AWRS World Circuit and one of only four held in North America, according to a press release. ARWS events feature four-person mixed teams hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, and running hundreds of miles over five days.

Each season culminates with the ARWS World Championships to be held in South Africa in 2023.

“We are thrilled to make this announcement as we believe the Expedition Ozark race will showcase the rugged beauty of the Ozark region to the world’s best adventure runners and once again bring the global spotlight back to the northwest of the world. ‘Arkansas after the success of the Walmart UCI World Cyclo-Cross Championships puts our region on the international cycling stage,” Michael Spivey, President and CEO of the Ozark Outdoor Foundation, told the audience gathered at Blake Street House. in Bentonville.

Ozark Outdoor Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports outdoor recreational events in the area such as the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championship, Moosejaw US Pro Cup, and Walmart Joe Martin Stage Race, among others . The multi-day, multi-discipline race attracts top adventure racing teams from around the world and includes activities such as hiking, orienteering, packrafting/paddling and rock climbing/rappelling.

Expedition Ozark is “a priority entry event” for Adventure Race World Series. Heidi Muller, CEO of AWRS based in Johannesburg, South Africa, made the official selection of northwest Arkansas after exploring the Ozark terrain.

“We strive to make our races unique by showcasing the most beautiful parts of every country in the world. Whether it’s ocean shores or riverbanks, forests or jungles, sandy deserts or rocky mountains, runners are always thrilled to take on the unique challenges of each course, and in doing so, they provide entertainment. exciting to viewers around the world,” Muller said. the group.

Race director Danny Collins said the race route will remain a secret until the day before the race “but you can expect to see athletes trekking, orienteering, packrafting /paddling and climbing/rappelling to a finish line for three days”.

“We are also looking for a World Championship adventure race in Arkansas in the future,” Collins announced.

Dino J. Dotson