Bentonville Strikes Once more: ‘Expedition Ozark’ Joins Journey Racing World Sequence

Northwest Arkansas continues to develop into one of many nation’s premier outside 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 outside hub of types. And final week, the Journey Racing World Sequence (ARWS) formally acknowledged the heartland metropolis’s status as nicely.

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 develop into the fourth cease on the ARWS World circuit in North America.

“We’re excited to make this announcement, as we consider the Expedition Ozark race will showcase the rugged fantastic thing about the Ozark area to the perfect journey racers on the planet and produce 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 present, 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 Sequence

The announcement will additional elevate Northwest Arkansas into the limelight, because it attracts each racers and followers from across the globe. Nicely over 300 groups compete within the ARWS circuit, representing six continents.

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Lots 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 shall be mandatory to finish the 5-day problem.

“We endeavor to make our races distinctive by highlighting essentially the most lovely elements of every nation to the world,” stated ARWS CEO Heidi Mueller, who chosen Expedition Ozark to hitch the collection 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 world wide.”

Search for Expedition Ozark to take the world stage April 3-8, 2023. Be taught extra – and register! — at ExpeditionOzark.com.

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