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Bishop, California to Host 2022 U.S. Adventure Racing Association National Championship

Press Release / 02.08.2022See All Event Posts Follow Event
The USARA National Championship will be in California this year
The USARA National Championship will be in California this year / © USARA

Now in its 23rd year, the USARA National Championship is the premier amateur adventure racing event in the United States. Registration is now open for teams of three at https://www.usara.com/usara-nationals.html.

Taking place September 16 and 17, 2022, the race will crown the U.S. national champion, as determined by the team that collects the most checkpoints along an unmarked course by trekking, biking, and paddling under the 30-hour cutoff. Teams are not informed of the details of the course in advance of the race and must navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint using only a map and compass.

This year marks the first return of the USARA National Championship to California since 2006. San Luis Obispo, California-based All Out Events, the producer of the Mammoth-Bishop 36-Hour Adventure Race and the Mammoth Checkpoint Challenge 6-Hour Adventure Race, has been named the host of this year’s championship, and race director Yishai Horowitz has promised racers an unforgettable experience in some of California’s most epic terrain, with racers traveling from desert to alpine environments.

"I want to give people an incredible tour of the most interesting and different terrain," Horowitz said. “It’s going to be a really, really cool experience – a race with a journey feel."

The race will start at 8 a.m. on Friday, September 16 and last until 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Racers will be greeted with cold beverages and tasty food after they cross the line and the award ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. More information about the race, including details on lodging and transportation, can be found at https://www.usara.com/usara-nationals.html.

“We are excited to bring the USARA National Championship back to the West Coast and to take advantage of the fantastic terrain it offers,” USARA Executive Director Mike Garrison said. “Whether you’re aiming to win or just to finish, if you consider yourself an adventure racer, this is a race you won’t want to miss.”

Real-time satellite tracking of the teams participating in the event, provided by Adventure Enablers, will allow fans to follow the race live at USARA.com, where comprehensive live coverage and photos will be posted as teams from around the country battle to win the title of 2022 USARA Adventure Racing National Champions.

And as part of USARA’s partnership with the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS), the top performing mixed teams will have a chance to win a free entry into the 2023 Adventure Racing World Championship, hosted by Expedition Africa and taking place in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa in October 2023.

The race will be the culmination of USARA’s yearlong partnership with GearJunkie, which is serving as USARA’s Official Media Partner through the 2022 season, as well as the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, which serves as title sponsor of the 2022 USARA season.

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