2014 Adventure Racing World Championships are barely over, and the AR World Series is already ramping up for a big year in 2015. Over the past week or so, ARWS organizers have announced two new races have been added to the series, giving teams in North America and Europe more options for qualifying for next year's championship in Brazil.
The first new race added to the ARWS is the Cameo Cowboy Tough, which will be held Wyoming from July 15-19, 2015. The 3.5 day race is accepting 25 teams to competing on a 500 km (310 mile) course through the Big Horn Mountains near the town of Buffalo. The race will have award a $10,000 cash prize package, with an additional $10,000 in gear and other prizes being given out as well. Registration for the event is now open.
The second race to be added to the ARWS is the Raid Gallaecia Spain, which will be held from May 3-10, 2015 in the Pontevedra region, which sits near the border with Portugal. The event will also be 500 km (310 miles) in length, with the winning team expected to cross the finish line in about 75 hours. The race will mix the traditional disciplines of mountain biking, trail running, sea and river kayaking, coasteering, ropes courses, and navigation through a spectacularly beautiful section of Spain.
The AR World Series continues to get stronger each and every year, and 2015 is already shaping up to be one of the best year's for the series yet. The races that are part of the system are incredibly well organized and offer teams excellent challenges in a wide variety of environments across the planet. With qualifiers on six continents, it is now possible for just about any adventure racing team in the world to gain entry into the AR World Championships.
Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Expedition Alaska, which is shaping up to be one of the best new races for 2015 as well. The event is also part of the ARWS, and registration is also already open for that race too. I am part of the team that is organizing ExpeditionAK, and we're looking forward to welcoming teams from across the globe to the "Last Frontier" in June of next year.
It is a great time for sport of adventure racing to say the least.