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Karelia To Host the 2017 AR European Champs in Russia

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From June 9-13th on t the coast of the largest European fresh-water lake, in Karelia the XVI Red Fox Adventure Race powered by Polartec® will host the 2017 European Championship.

The organising team are promising a fast-paced race with multiple stage changes, which is a departure from recent AR Euro Championships which have run on tactical/navigational courses with optional checkpoints.

The race stages are already announced and during the long course, 72 hours non-stop race  Europe’s strongest teams will bike 204 km, paddle 108 km on kayaks and walk 77 km in total. There will be 4 fixed ropes and 3 rock climbing routes. And for the first time for the Red Fox Adventure Race the participants will use paddleboards for a distance of 5.5 km.

The site of the AREC 2017 is a location that will challenge even the strongest teams. The Karelian Peninsula is famous for an austere beauty, severe weather conditions and picturesque landscapes. Here you can find everything for adventure race masters. Kayaking routes are laid along amazing labyrinths of islands and skerries. During the trekking sections racers will navigate through densely wooded hilly terrain with many challenging walls of rocks. As you might guess, the mountain bike stages will be a dynamic mix of forest trails and asphalt roads. 

The race is well established and is organised by a team who have been running the event since 2003, making one of the oldest races in Europe. The event sponsor is Russia’s leading outdoor clothing and equipment manufacturer, and they too have been supporting the race for some years.

1. Prologue: kayaking 4 km (including return to the race center).
2. Trekking 19 km. There will be 50 m swimming twice on route course.
3. Mountain biking 50 km with 1 km mini trekking to an exceptional (unusual) check point.
4. Trekking 9 km.
5. Mountain biking 53 km with a rope stage.
6. Paddling on board 5 km.
7. Special stage: trekking 3 km + rock climbing + fixed ropes + paddling on board 0.5 km.
8. Trekking 29 km.
9. Rafting on kayak along a river 23 km.
10. Kayaking 14 km.
11. Orienteering 7 km by map (scale 1:15000).
12. Kayaking 82 km. There will be a rope stage within the course.
13. Trekking 10 km and rope route (on island).
14. Kayaking 8 km.
15. Mountain biking 22 km.
16. Rock climbing and ropes stage.
17. Mountain biking 79 km. 

Race distance: 395 km 

Official race web site:
Facebook:  Red Fox Adventure Race

Race Details:

Dates: June, 9-13
Location: Karelia, Sortavalsky District
Race distance: 395 km
Expected leader’s time: 55 hours
Teams: of 4 racers
Race format: Non stop, 72 hours 

Race Center: the Reuskula village at the north coast of Ladoga Lake; 280 km from St. Petersburg in Sortavalsky District of the Republic of Karelia, near the border of Russia and Finland. 

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