Northwest Arkansas continues to grow to be one of many nation’s premier out of doors recreation locations, now becoming a member of the elite ranks of the journey racing circuit in 2023.
Mountain bikers, hikers, and fly fishers — amongst others — already declare Bentonville, Ark., as an out of doors hub of kinds. And final week, the Journey Racing World Collection (ARWS) formally acknowledged the heartland metropolis’s status as effectively.
Starting in 2023, formally April 3-8, the Expedition Ozark race will be part of the ARWS household as a World Championship qualifier. In so doing, Bentonville will grow to be the fourth cease on the ARWS World circuit in North America.
“We’re excited to make this announcement, as we imagine the Expedition Ozark race will showcase the rugged fantastic thing about the Ozark area to the very best journey racers on this planet and convey the worldwide highlight once more to Northwest Arkansas after the profitable 2022 Walmart UCI World Cyclo-Cross Championships put our area on the worldwide stage for biking,” Ozark Outside Basis president and CEO Michael Spivey stated at a press convention Friday.
At the moment, 17 locations host races on the ARWS qualifier circuit, together with Canada, Panama, and Oregon in North America. Every qualifier spherical units a singular expedition course of 500 km or extra. There, mixed-gender groups of 4 compete for 3-7 days of nonstop racing within the disciplines of trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, navigation, and extra.
Expedition Ozark Joins Journey Racing World Collection
The announcement will additional elevate Northwest Arkansas into the limelight, because it attracts each racers and followers from across the globe. Effectively over 300 groups compete within the ARWS circuit, representing six continents.
Most of the particulars across the Ozark Expedition race will stay secret till the day earlier than the occasion. However race director Danny Collins confirmed trekking, orienteering, packrafting/paddling, and climbing/rappelling will probably be obligatory to finish the 5-day problem.
“We endeavor to make our races distinctive by highlighting probably the most lovely components of every nation to the world,” stated ARWS CEO Heidi Mueller, who chosen Expedition Ozark to affix the sequence in 2023.
“Whether or not it’s ocean coasts or riverbanks, forests or jungles, sandy deserts or rocky mountains, racers are at all times excited to deal with the distinctive challenges of each course and in doing so, they supply thrilling leisure for spectators watching from around the globe.”
Search for Expedition Ozark to take the world stage April 3-8, 2023. Be taught extra – and register! — at ExpeditionOzark.com.