Costa Rica will host the 2013 Adventure Race World Championship, the most prestigious adventure race in the world, which is the final event of the Adventure Race World Series (ARWS), consisting of twelve stages in different countries.
Costa Rica topped the United States in the contest held to elect the hosting country. Factors such as infrastructure, natural beauty, scenic beauty and ecological sustainability helped Costa Rica win.
The Costa Rica event will be a special adventure for contestants, with a total length between 450 and 500 miles, compared to the usual 350 miles. It will cross the country from one end to the other, visiting many touristic attractions.
For Ireth Rodríguez, marketing director for Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (Costa Rican Tourism Institute), the main promoter of this activity, Costa Rica will keep building its image as an adventure destination.
The announcement was given amidst the activities of the Costa Rica Adventure Race that will start on Monday, April 23rd in Puntarenas y Guanacaste, and the winner will qualify to the 2012 final event, which will be held in France.
About the Adventure Racing World Series:
The Adventure Racing World Series comprises a number of adventure races of expedition-length, pushing endurance athletes in a season of competition, by testing their skills in disciplines including navigation, climbing, mountain biking, trekking, adventure running and paddling.
In the Adventure World Championship, contestants don’t have a rest since the competition begins. They manage the time at their convenience. There are 18 teams made of 4 contestants of both genders, and they can’t split during the journey.
The actual World Championship race rotates each year. One of the qualifying events is singled out and designated as the World Championship event and this event provides a dramatic conclusion to the end of the World Series racing season.