Adventure racing is rising in popularity among today’s athletes for being among the most ultimate of challenges, as it is a combination of endurance activities that not only put your physical strength to the test, but your mental fitness as well. An adventure race is typically comprised of two or more of activities like orienteering, mountain biking, paddling, running, or climbing, and the participant is given a certain amount of time to finish it — in real time. That means if you are competing in a 10-hour race, you must complete the race within 10 exact hours, no stopping the clock for breaks!
There are numerous combinations of activities for adventure racing, but the rules are very clear: no motorized travel, no GPS, team members must be within 50 yards of each other for the entirety of the race, and all teams must carry mandatory equipment for the race. If this sounds like something that’s right up your alley, check out this footage of one team completing a 30-hour race in Wisconsin. Yes, Wisconsin — adventure racing is everywhere!
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