Rev3 Adventure’s Cameco Cowboy Tough will be the host of the 2017 Adventure Racing World Championship (ARWC). In August 2017, teams from around the globe will race across the wilds of Wyoming, USA, in this annual championship adventure race.
“The AR World Championship has waited a long time to come to the USA and 2017 will be the year,” said AR World Series director Craig Bycroft.
Rev3 Adventure race director Mark Harris added, “It’s fitting that the toughest adventure racers in the world will prove their mettle at something called the Cameco Cowboy Tough. We’re thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event and can’t wait to put on another one of our races for multi-national participants, this time on a world stage.”
“Wyoming’s beautiful and unique landscape has challenged athletes competing in the Cowboy Tough race for the past three years,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. “The 2017 Adventure Racing World
Championship will allow us to showcase Wyoming and all it has to offer to a worldwide audience. Wyoming offers incredible outdoor experiences and we are proud to host the Adventure Racing World Series.”
The 2017 ARWC will be Cameco Cowboy Tough’s fifth year in Wyoming. Each year, participants have raced across a different part of the state, including the Wind River Range, the Big Horns, Medicine Bow, and Grand Teton National Forest, crossing the finish line in Casper.
“It has been a privilege for Cameco Resources to help launch this series in Wyoming,” said race sponsor Cameco Resources President Brent Berg.
“The message of enjoying our state’s amazing natural resources while respecting and taking care of the land is an important part of every race week. We are grateful to Governor Matt Mead for conceiving of this exciting event to broaden Wyoming’s traditional western appeal.”
Domenic Bravo, administrator for WYOPARKS, added, “WYOPARKS is excited to be a part of this race as we have been involved with the Cameco Cowboy Tough since its inception. Rev3 Adventure is a world-class race organizer, Wyoming offers amazing venues, and as we have seen in the past Cowboy Tough is one of the hardest but most enjoyable adventure races in the country–all of which are a recipe for success.”
The Championship will bring together 50 teams representing more than 30 countries. Participants will have 6 days to cover up to 500 miles of Wyoming’s varied and truly breath-taking terrain. Traveling by foot, mountain bike, vertical roping, and boat, and following a map with mandatory checkpoints, teams can expect abundant wildlife sightings and scenery only Wyoming can offer, including vast ranch lands, majestic mountains, authentic ghost towns, dramatic canyons, and alpine rivers. They’ll race through history over mountain passes crossing the Continental Divide and along old wagon roads used for the Oregon Trail, the Pony Express, and the Gold Rush.
The AR World Series unites in competition the world’s best endurance athletes at premiere qualifier events around the globe. The top two teams at each of these races gain a coveted position on the start line of the annual pinnacle of the sport, the AR World Championship.
The AR World Championship has defined the sport of adventure racing and crowned the world’s top adventure racing teams since 2001.
If you are looking for an adventure that takes you waist deep in swamps and hacking through dense jungle, this is not the race for you. Maybe you’ve been there and done that already.
But if you are looking for an adventure that covers great distances at high speed, offers a journey through vastly different landscapes on a journey through American history (from dinosaurs to Native Americans to wild west wranglers to ghost towns), keep reading. We have the adventure for you.
You’ll have 6 days to cover about 500 miles, navigating your way across The Cowboy State via foot, mountain bike, and boat. This unbridled adventure takes place with the remarkable backdrop of the state’s jaw-dropping landscape, including Grand Teton National Park, and amid the state’s diverse array of wildlife. At any point it could just be you, your teammates and a bison, elk, bighorn sheep, moose, bear, antelope, wild horse, mountain lion, bobcat, or a prairie dog. Don’t forget, THIS is where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play. The course will take racers over majestic mountains, through authentic ghost towns, down into dramatic canyons, and paddling along alpine rivers. From the climbing section, participants can take in the view for miles and miles, but teams also may explore a cave where they can’t see past their nose. Race through history on the old wagon roads used for the Oregon Trail, the Pony Express, and the Gold Rush. Trek and ride through areas where vegetation thins out into valleys with many different varieties of sage and high-elevation alpine woods. You’ll also travel up historic mountain passes topping out at over 11,000’ crossing the Continental Divide
The AR World Series unites in competition the world’s best endurance athletes at premiere qualifier events around the globe.
January 15, 2017: Registration opens
August 12, 2017: Check-in and open ceremony activities
August 13, 2017: Gear check and race meeting
August 14, 2017: Race starts and course is open
August 20, 2017: Course closes at 12:00PM
August 20, 2017: Post-race banquet and awards
The Cameco Cowboy Tough will take place in Wyoming, USA. The host city is Casper. Visit the Wyoming Tourism page to learn more about the area. Click here for a taste of the race via some photos and videos from 2015’s Cameco Cowboy Tough.
Mountain Bike, Trail Run/Trek, River/Lake Canoeing, Ropes, Challenges, and Navigation
Distance: 400-500 miles
Format: Point-to-point, nonstop race with all points being mandatory. Teams will not be short-coursed the first 72 hours of the race. After that time teams may be allowed to continue on a short course as unofficial if they feel they cannot finish the full mandatory course.
Estimated winning time: 4 days (96 hours)
Course open: 6 days (144 hours)
4-person co-ed teams
4-person all-male teams
4-person all-female teams
ARWS standard rules and Rev3 Adventure course rules.
ARWS standard equipment list. Canoes are provided.
ARWS 2017 races are all qualifying events for the ARWC. For any of the qualifying races 1st place receives free entry, 2nd place earns a guaranteed spot to the 2017 ARWC race, and 1st all-national team is guaranteed a spot to 2017 ARWC. 26 spots are available as wildcard entries.
Total prize purse is $50,000. Only co-ed teams are eligible for prize money.
1st – $25,000
2nd – $15,000
3rd – $10,000
Other prizes are generously provided by sponsors.
$6,000 US currency per team
AR World Championship Qualification
Teams must qualify to attend the annual pinnacle of the sport, the AR World Championship. Qualifying teams must race the AR World Championship with a minimum of two members of the team who won the qualifying spot.
The winning team at each Qualifier receives a prize of a guaranteed qualification spot and a paid entry to the AR World Championship. The second place team at each Qualifier receives a prize of a guaranteed spot to the AR World Championship. If any teams winning the 1st or 2nd place prizes already hold a qualifying spot and/or a paid entry, then these prizes are transferred to the next placed team. They are passed until they are received by a team who doesn’t already hold these qualifications and/or paid spots and stops at that team and is not passed to another team in the event they are not able to race.
One spot from each Qualifier is reserved for the top placed all-national team from the host country of the Qualifier. This spot is in addition to any national team(s) who may have qualified with the 1st or 2nd place prize. A team must decide within 14 days of receiving this qualification spot if they will accept it, or it will then be passed to the next team in the results until an all-national team accepts this qualification spot.
Host country teams from the AR World Championship host may be included in the race.
26 wildcard spots are available on a first-come first-served basis.
Registration opens January 15, 2017
26 wildcard spots are open to non-qualifying teams. Once all 26 spots are filled, teams can secure a spot on the waitlist with a $500 refundable deposit. In the event that qualifier spots are not taken or teams drop, waitlisted teams will move into a wildcard spot on a first-come first-served basis.
Join us in Wild Wyoming August 14-20, 2017, to compete against the best adventure racers in the world, Mother Nature, and sleep deprivation to cross the finish line, earn the title of Cowboy Tough, and be crowned the ARWS Champions.