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Adventure Racing World Series :: Toughest Endurance Sport In The World

Adventure Racing World Series :: Toughest Endurance Sport In The World

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Adventure racing is typically a multidisciplinary team sport involving navigation over an unmarked wilderness course with races extending anywhere from 8 hours up to 10 days in length. The principal disciplines in adventure racing includes trekkingmountain biking, and paddling although races may incorporate a multitude of other disciplines including climbingabseilinginline skatingcaving and rafting (so called: special stages). The premier format is considered to be mixed gender teams of four racers, during Raid Lowlands teams of any formation are allowed. There is typically no suspension of the clock during races, irrespective of length; elapsed competition time runs concurrently with real time, and competitors must choose if or when to rest, sleep and eat. Using only map and compass, teams must find checkpoints to eventually arrive at the finish line. 

The most important and biggest organiser of adventure races around the world is the Adventure Race World Series (ARWS). Under their banner, nearly 50 adventure races are held annually from the Australian Outback, to the Kingdom in the sky in Africa, to the Patagonian region in South America. 




The Adventure Racing World Series Qualifier Circuit unites in competition the world’s best endurance athletes at premiere expedition length Qualifier events around the globe. The top team at each International Qualifier Round gains a coveted position on the start line of the annual pinnacle of the sport, the AR World Championship (ARWC). Each International Qualifier Round in the AR World Series sets a unique expedition length course to test mixed teams of four athletes over a 500+km course and 3-7 days of non-stop racing in the disciplines of trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, navigation and more.

The ARWS for a 2nd year in a row in The Netherlands

In addition to the ARWS Qualifier circuit worldwide, the ARWS also started Regional circuits a few years ago, in which adventure races are organised on a smaller scale, in a particular continent. After Oceania, Asia, Africa and South America, Europe could not wait any longer. In 2023 the AR European Series circuit will be organised for the second time with 9 races throughout Europe:

  • 14 - 15 January Montane Kong Vinter, Denmark;

  • 12 - 14 May Raid Lowlands, the Netherlands;

  • 27 - 29 May Les Dentelles, France;

  • 9 - 10 June Nirvana AR, Italy;

  • 30 June - 2 July Tactical Foodpack Expedition, Estonia

  • 27 - 31 July ITERA-lite, Scotland;

  • 10 - 13 August Endurance Quest, Finland

  • 1 - 3 September Raidaran AR, Spain;

  • 29 September - 1 October Raid in France - European Championship, France.




Raid Lowlands is proud member of the ARWS European circuit. The ARWS European circuit is a collection of the best mid-distance adventure races in the European region. Event organisers set a unique course to test athletes over 125-250km courses of non-stop day and night racing in the disciplines of trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, and navigation. Participating teams earn points towards their AR Regional Ranking and the winner of each round gains entry to the ARWS European Championship. The winner of the Regional Championship gains an entry to the global Adventure Racing World Championship.



Raid Lowlands charges forward, relentlessly enhancing the event, elevating the thrill of the race course, and bolstering the organization's professionalism. Our mission persists: crafting a world-class, demanding course for seasoned adventure racers, providing rookies and less-experienced participants an unforgettable (big) racing experience, and igniting the passion of young adventure enthusiasts for an epic day alongside their parents. Together with formidable partners, we forge a seamless and remarkable event!


Besides the Raid Lowlands ARWS race of about 200 kilometres and the shortened version RL60 of about 60 kilometres, we will also introduce the RL15 in 2024. A short adventure race for the very young ones to experience a real adventure together with their parents.





Which Raid Lowlands Adventure Race should I choose? 


Raid Lowlands European Championship 2024

  • I'm an experienced adventure racer and do want to rock the AR European Series! 

  • I have already done some (smaller) adventure races, but now I want to measure up to an ARWS adventure race!

  • I'm the winner of one of the other ARWS Eurpean Series circuit races of 2024. You have earned a free ticket! 

  • I'm a triathlete, marathon/ ultra runner, touring cyclist, gravel ride cyclist, mountain biker or other endurance and/ or extreme sports fanatic and I do want to challenge myself on a completely new level, but I'm not quite familiar with adventure racing yet. 

RL60 a Raid Lowlands race

  • I'm new to adventure racing and have no experience at all with navigating with map and compass. 

  • I'm just started adventure racing and I'm 100% convinced that ±200km is a bridge too far. 

  • I don't want to experience sleepmonsters but I still want an ARWS adventure racing experience! 

  • Do you first want to know what adventure racing is? 
    Go to adventure racing page

Parent child Adventure Race

  • I'm under the age of 18, but I still want to adventure race! 

  • I'm a super cool dad or mom and want to have an unforgettable adventure with my son or daughter!

  • I want to dare my mom or dad to join me on an epic adventure together! :)

  • Do you first want to know what adventure racing is? 
    Go to adventure racing page

When should I enroll Raid Lowlands

If you are not familiar with Adventure Racing and unsure if you should sign up for Raid Lowlands, you can follow the checkbox below:

I enjoy physical challenges

I am familiar with mountain/ gravel biking

I am not afraid of mental challenges

I am a team player

I can find 3 more like-minded people

At least 1 of my teammates knows how to navigate with map and compass

Can you tick off all the bullets? Enroll now!

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