The Adventure Racing World Championship began in Costa Rica this weekend when coed teams of four kicked off this year's Costa Rica Adventure Race. The event officially started on Sunday, when a field of 60 of the best AR teams from 26 different countries lined up at the starting line.
The race is scheduled to last up to nine days, although the winners are projected to finish in just four. It began on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast and will end on the country's Atlantic side. In between, the competitors will run, bike, paddle, climb and raft through 700+ km (435 miles) of dense jungle and mountain terrain.
The Costa Rica Adventure Race is the final event on the AR World Series calendar for 2013. The teams that are competing in the race have all had to qualify by racing in other ARWS events throughout the year. The event will crown this year's world champs, with teams such as Seagate, Adidas TERREX Prunesco, and the Thule Adventure Team expected to be in the mix. It should be quite the event for fans of the sport. Be sure to check out the Costa Rica AR website for regular updates and team tracking.