Ozark Expedition Will Draw International Teams to Northwest Arkansas

June 17, 2022

The Ozark Expedition joins the Adventure Racing World Series

BENTONVILLE, ARCHE. (June 16, 2022)/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Some of the best adventure racing teams in the world will be in northwest Arkansas from April 3-8, 2023 for a new race in the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) World Championship qualifying schedule, organizers announced Thursday. The Expedition Ozark race will be a new race on the AWRS World Circuit and one of only four held in North America.

The ARWS is the world’s leading organizer of adventure racing and its events feature mixed 4-person teams hiking, biking, paddling, climbing and running over hundreds of kilometers over 5 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/abseiling. 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 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.

Spivey said the race would not be possible without a partnership with the Walton Family Foundation, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arvest Bank, Walmart and other area sponsors/partners. “We’re all in this together with the goal of making Arkansas a premier outdoor recreation destination.”

“Bentonville is home to the best mountain bike trail in North America, which traverses some of the most rugged and spectacular public and private land in the region,” said Gary Vernon, program manager for the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group. “These facilities have a significant impact on the quality of life of a region and are an additional tool in the toolbox for recruiting talent and attracting trade.”

About the Ozark Outdoor Foundation

Ozark Outdoor Foundation is a charitable organization that creates healthy and rewarding outdoor recreational experiences in Arkansas that honor and celebrate the natural beauty of the Ozarks and make the region a better place to work, live and play. To fulfill its mission, Ozark Outdoor Foundation partners with organizations to host, create and operate a variety of outdoor recreational events in Arkansas. From world-class championship races to fun outdoor family events, the foundation aims to position Arkansas as a premier outdoor recreation destination where everyone is welcome, regardless of ability. More than:www.ozarkfoundation.org.

About the Adventure Racing World Series

The AR World Series brings together the world’s best endurance athletes to compete in premier qualifying events around the world. The racing schedule culminates each year at the AR World Championship where these teams compete for the title of World Champion. Each year, a new venue is chosen to host the AR World Championship. The first and first adventure racing world championship was held in Switzerland in 2001. It has become the biggest adventure racing event in the world. www.arworldseries.com

About the Ozark Expedition

Expedition Ozark is a world-class expedition-style adventure race in the scenic Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas. This 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 qualifying race for Adventure Race World Series. The race is stationed in Bentonville, Ark., home to the best mountain bike trail in North America, and traverses some of the region’s most rugged and spectacular public and private lands, showcasing the incredible beauty of the backcountry of the Ozarks. www.expeditionozark.com

Dino J. Dotson