The world’s largest adventure race is coming to British Columbia – Smithers Interior News


A world-class adventure race that lasts at least five days is coming to the Okanagan Valley, with the action set to start in Kelowna and end in Penticton.

The 500-kilometre non-stop course spanning the central and south Okanagan will host 18 teams from as close to Vancouver and as far away as Brazil starting June 5 for Expedition Canada 2022, an Adventure-sanctioned event Racing World Series.

Although organizers won’t be allowed to reveal the exact course map until 2 a.m. on June 5, the event already promises to be filled with excitement, with teams forced to navigate through the race nonstop in questionable sleep schedules and Okanagan mountain conditions.

“The first team to cross the finish line after clearing all 50 checkpoints will be declared the winner,” said Lyndie Hill of Hoodoo Adventures, a Penticton-based company responsible for organizing the event. “It will involve mountain biking, canoeing, ziplining, river paddling, an alpine section and kayaking.”

The race will begin at 5 a.m. on June 5, three hours after the course map was revealed on the Expedition Canada website. It is estimated that the first – who will be rewarded with a place at the next adventure racing world championships in Paraguay – will complete the expedition non-stop in five days.

A paper map and compass are the only tools available to teams, who are tasked with strategically setting their own sleep schedules and packing their own lunch boxes.

Teams are made up of four people, with an all-British Columbian team representing the province over the next five to seven days.

In 2021, Expedition Canada, in partnership with Penticton’s Hoodoo Adventures, organized a “pilot race” in an effort to show the international committee that the Okanagan would be a suitable host for the global event. And after a successful demonstration, the 580 kilometer race was officially bound for Canada.

“We still have snow in our Alps,” Hill said with a laugh. “It’s going to be intense and it’s the only one that will be part of Canada. If people want to be part of an Adventure Racing World event, they have to do it here (in the Okanagan). »

Last year they had to canoe through white caps on Okanagan Lake.

A team participating in the race is made up of two people, and countries like Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Estonia are also expected to be represented in the festivities.

Teams have a maximum of seven days to complete the course, Hill added.

The very first adventure racing world championship was held in Switzerland in 2001.

Those interested in tracking this year’s action in real time can do so using Expedition Canada’s GPS tracking system.

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