It is an adventure race match made in heaven....Both the canoe capitol and mountain bike capitol of Virginia are located in the Shenandoah Valley, the site of the Shenandoah Tough 3.5-day Expedition Race! We'll provide the Southern Charm. Y'all bring the grit.
We brought you a world-class event with the Adventure Racing World Championship last August in Wyoming. Now let us show you around our home state! For the past 7 years we have been producing our flagship 24-hour adventure race--the Shenandoah Epic--in the Shenandoah Valley. Our dream has always been to expand this race to a multi-day expedition race to take advantage of all the terrain and outdoor amazingness this region offers. So was born the Shenandoah Tough, a 3.5 day expedition race that covers 250 miles and has soloists and teams of 2, 3 or 4 navigating their way across the challenging and beautiful terrain of the Northern Shenandoah via foot, mountain bike, and boat. As a nice bonus, it's also the last ARWS qualifier before the 2018 Adventure Racing World Championship.
Click on the racer guide to find out all the information you need to know about the 2018 Shenandoah Tough Expedition Adventure Race. Click here for the Course Logistics outline.
Once the race begins at 8 am on Sept. 13, follow along here. Click here for our Facebook page and AR Live Coverage, where we'll have tons of race coverage.
Join us in Virginia, the state for Lovers and Adventure Racers, in September 2018, to test you and your teammates against other racers, the terrain, and sleep monsters. And earn a one-of-a-kind finish line feeling!
Click here to register.
Teams can put a $800 (that's one team member) nonrefundable deposit down to hold a spot. The remainder of entry fees must be made by March 31, 2018 or the deposit will be forfeited.
AR World Championship Qualifier
The Shenandoah Tough is an AR World series qualifier.
The AR World Series unites in competition the worlds best endurance athletes at premiere Qualifier events around the globe. The racing calendar culminates annually at the AR World Championship, where these teams compete for the title of World Champion. Each year a new location is chosen to host the AR World Championship. Entry to the AR World Championship has been updated for 2018 and into the future and is as follows:
Winners of each AR World Series Qualifier receive a guaranteed spot and free entry to that year’s AR World Championship.*
WORLD RANKING TEAM ENTRY
Half of the remaining available entries are opened annually in February to teams with an AR World Ranking for a discounted price. If more teams register for these entries than there are spots available, then the teams with the highest rankings are chosen to fill these spots.**
WILD CARD ENTRY
The remaining entries are opened annually in late February as Wild Card spots to any team on first in basis. If a team missed out on a WORLD RANKING TEAM ENTRY they may try for these spots. Any WORLD RANKING TEAM ENTRY that was not filled will become available as a WILD CARD ENTRY.
*Qualifier wining entries may not be passed down to another team if the winning team does not race at the ARWC. If a Qualifier winner has already paid an entry fee through the WORLD RANKING TEAM ENTRY or WILD CARD ENTRY they they will be refunded this fee. Qualifier winners must race the AR World Championship with a minimum of two members of the team who won entry. In the situation that a winning team of a Qualifier already holds a free entry (e.g., from winning a different Qualifier race prior) then the free entry is passed to the next eligible team.
**A team's AR World Ranking is based on their ranking on the day entries are opened. Teams chosen for a WORLD RANKING TEAM ENTRY have 5 days to make full payment of entry fees to the organiser. If they fail to do so, they forfeit this spot and it is passed to another team. Teams who forfeit or miss out on a WORLD RANKING TEAM ENTRY and then obtain a WILD CARD must pay the full Wild Card entry fee.
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