Between 16 – 18 September 2011, Adventure Race Montenegro is hosting the second ARMex 48 hour endurance race in Northern Montenegro.
ARMex is a 250km plus, Expedition Challenge which includes Orienteering, Rafting, Mountain Biking, High Ropes, Kayaking and Running stages. The race crosses some of the most spectacular terrain in Europe, the BioGradska National Park, Mount Durmitor and the Tara, Europe’s deepest canyon.
Europe’s newest 48 hour Adventure Race is one of the toughest. In 2010 only one team managed to complete the course without seeking assistance. The race is already attracting the interest of international adventure racers. Entry into the 2011 ARMex Race was one of the prizes awarded to the 2010 US Adventure Race (USARA) League Champions.
ARMex is open to mixed or same sex teams of 2 or 4. Registrations have just opened for competitors at MontenegroExpeditionChallenge.com. Already teams have registered interest from the US, UK, Greece, Poland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Serbia and of course Montenegro.
ARMex is a non profit event which races money for a conservation project to study the large mammal species in Montenegro. You can find out more at the facebook fan site – adventure race montenegro: Facebook.com Fun Site.
Photo gallery (ARMex 2010):
Adventure Racing is the world’s fastest growing outdoor participation sport. In 2009 781,000 individuals in the USA took part in some form or Adventure Race, a 39% increase year on year.
Adventure racing is a hybrid sport that is the offspring of triathlons, backpacking, exploration and adventure travel.
While its roots go back centuries, modern adventure racing evolved from endurance tests such as the Iron Man triathlon and gained popularity through events such as Raid Gauloises, the Eco- Challenge and Primal Quest. Distances and endurance levels vary, from sprints lasting six hours or less to expedition races spanning days.
Basically, teams navigate from a starting line through various checkpoints in a wilderness setting to a finish line. Teams must stay together, and there are no timeouts to rest.
Coed teams play a large role, so the sport has a sizable female following.
Trail running, mountain biking, paddling and orienteering with a map and compass are common requirements. Some courses require ropes skills, others white-water or ocean navigation. Bushwhacking (covering ground without trails) and trekking (carrying a backpack or other equipment) also are elements.
Some races are broken into stages, and the winning team has the lowest combined time through the various elements. Some simply measure start to finish times. A “Rogaine” event measures points that teams accumulate by reaching various checkpoints, in any sequence, in a set period.
The sport rewards teamwork, fitness, a love of the outdoors and a quirky pleasure taken from overcoming–or enduring–adversity.
- “Montenegro is an incredible location for Adventure Racing, the best we have seen” Team 360 – Poland.
- “ARMex 48 Hour Challenge is a very professionally organised Adventure Race” Team Xamos – Greece.
- “ARMex is amazing value for money, better than any other race we have taken part in…how do you do it?” Team ATG Greece
- “In the world’s toughest races, like the ARMex, only a third of entrants complete, this is the hardest race we have seen and will attract many racers in future years” Team SAT –Serbia
- “Adventure Racers in the UK are asking why they have not heard of this race before and how can they join in 2011, this is going to be a big race in the calendar” Team Toyi Toyi – UK
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