ARC - Bigger, Longer And Funnier Than Usual
After a surprisingly successful first edition of Adventure Race Croatia the organisers went a level up; ARC 2019 is about to start, twice the size and it promises to be a true gem of an adventure! It will include a bit of grueling sea kayaking, a mesmerizing trek up the Velebit mountain, some flowy mountain biking with a spice of orienteering and some rappelling down the deep caves. And that's just the first 24 hours of a 70+ hours race ...
Sounds like a proper adventure, right? Being a full race of the ARWS calendar, ARC is obviously longer this time, precisely 500 kilometers following the perfect route, and should be at least 72 hours long for the fastest mixed 4-member teams.
The field itself is packed with well known teams and even better known racers. French 400 Team (formerly Naturex) and the Czech Black Hill Salomon team lead the favourites before the race but there are 39 other teams from 17 countries, many of whom have the same ambition.
Last year the Slovenian team AR TEAM SLO surprised everyone to win and they are back this year. Plus, the Finns from Multisport have former World champion Petri Forsman in their ranks and French and Swedish teams are back in numbers.
But, having said that, last time around we learned that brute power and/or big adventure racing experience are not the only criteria for winning the ARC so things should be very, very interesting.
For those who followed the first edition of ARC it's no secret that the organisers love diverse and fast changing routes. If a checkpoint on the bottom of a deep cave or in the middle of the river means more fun for the teams, then they will be there. Small trek loops on the map usually mean something unexpected, and whatever preparation the teams went before the race they’re probably going to be surprised anyways.
Passing through 2 National Parks and a few more nature reservoirs there will be plenty of eye candy for those less tired but probably even more for those prone to hallucinating. Plus there are some famous base jumping caves and medieval castles to bring the racer’s a taste of history. There should be something for everyone, courtesy of organisers and course directors Igor DorotiÄ‡ and Ana Rumiha.
The race starts on Tuesday, 10th of September at 9 am local time and ends 72 to 103 hours later on the beach of Pine Beach Resort Pakoštane. Stay tuned for daily coverage on Sleepmonsters.com and don't miss anything from the most exciting adventure race in this part of the world.