13 - 18 MAY 2024



Croatia, Kvarner & Lika
13 – 18 May 2024


DISCIPLINES: Run/hike, MTB, paddling, ropes, navigation
DISTANCE: 500 km
TEAM LIMIT: 30 teams
WINNING TIME: around 75 hours
COURSE OPEN: 128 hours


Kayaks and kayak gear provided
RULES:  Standard ARWS rules


1st Place – Free entry to ARWC 2024 & ARC 2025
2nd Place – 50 % entry to ARC 2025
3rd Place – 50 % entry to ARC 2025


Every edition of Adventure Race Croatia explores a new part of our beautiful country. Team of 4 (with one person being of opposite sex) will try to navigate their way from control point to control point in a number of disciplines. Disciplines include: mountain biking, trekking, kayaking and orienteering.
Adventure Race Croatia is somewhat different from most of the races in ARWS. Not to say that there is anything wrong with other races but we prefer to have shorter stages and more of them. ARC will typically have between 14 -17 stages and hike stages will rarely be over 40 km, bike stages over 100 km and kayak stages over 40 km.
A lot of stages means a lot of transitions so you can think of transitions as a separate discipline because you can lose a lot of time in them if you are not organized, prepared and efficient. So don’t forget to train transitions too.

You can expect rocky terrain on this edition. Some of the trails will be marked and it will help you a lot with navigation. We tend to avoid paved and gravel roads as much as we can.

Biking will be mostly done on gravel and forest roads. There will be some paved roads but we tend to avoid major roads. In fact most of the main roads are not allowed on our races (look at our maps from previous editions).
There will be some cool singletrack sections on some of the bike stages.
We suggest full – suspension bike but hardtails will work just fine. Tubeless tires are highly recommended.

Paddling sections will be on sea, rivers and lakes. We will use plastic RTM Ocean Duo kayaks with seats and back rests.
If you choose to bring your own paddles or PFD’s, you will have to specify it in the registration form.  

Probably one of the most important skill for an adventure race because you can be fast but if you are going in the wrong way, being fast means nothing. Orienteering will be not too demanding but you will be able to show your navigation skills and choose the right route.

Maps will be waterproofed but you will be able to write on them. Each team will get 2 sets of maps.
Map scale will be 1:25 000 or less on some sections. On some paddling stages the scale will be 1:50 00.


Still not decided for ARC 2024.
We might include top-rope climbing (easy grades), rappelling or via ferrata.
Expect some exhilarating scrambling for sure.







Race Overviews

ARC 2023
ARC 2022
ARC 2019
ARC 2018



11. 5. 2024.


12. 5. 2024.


13. 5. 2024.


14. - 17. 5. 2024.


18. 5. 2024.


19. 5. 2024.

Schedule is provisional and it might change.


ARWS Mandatory Gear

This is a standard ARWS mandatory gear list.
Before the race we will add mandatory gear specific for this race.
Items marked with red X are not mandatory for this race.

ARWS Rules

Standard ARWS rules apply for Adventure Race Croatia.
Any additional rules and penalties they might cause will be clearly explained and presented prior to the race.

Not knowing the rules is not an excuse for breaking them.


  • There will be Mandatory and Optional Checkpoints . Read more about it in RANKING
  • Main roads (marked orange/red and yellow on maps) are forbidden. There will be marked sections (with magenta color) of the main roads that will be allowed  and possibly on some stages, ALL roads will be allowed. Check the map examples bellow in MAPS
  • Each team can have one TEAM BAG. More details bellow.

We will provide you with 2 re-supply boxes per team (approx 140 l per box).
Only boxes supplied by the organizers may be used, teams can’t use their own re-supply boxes.
Boxes will be available at some of the transition areas on route. You will always get your 2 boxes together, except if otherwise noted in the road book.
More info on these areas will be in the road book.
Maximum weight of the one box is 25 kg.

Each team can have one team bag with a tent and sleeping items (sleeping bag, sleeping mat, favorite stuffed toy…).
We suggest waterproof duffel bags cause we cannot guarantee that they will stay dry.
Team bag will be available at some of the transition areas on route. 
More info on these areas will be in the road book.
Maximum weight of the bag is 25 kg.

The teams will have to bring their own bike boxes for safer and easier transfer during the race.
ARWS standard box size is 140 cm x 80 cm x 30 cm.
Please DO NOT bring bigger boxes. 
We advise you not to use cardboard boxes or if you do try to waterproof them as best as you can.
Here is a good example of how to build your own bike box.

​You can store addition gear in the bike boxes but maximum total weight can’t be over 25 kg.

We will use plastic RTM Ocean Duo kayaks with seats.
If you choose to bring your own paddles or PFD’s, you will have to specify it in the registration form.

Each team must have their own paddle bag. Even if you will not use your PFD’s, paddles or wetsuits you will use this bag to store PFD’s and seats given to you by the organizer.

Your kayak bag will be waiting for you at the beginning of every kayak leg. You will have to transport all the gear from paddle bag including the paddle bag with you to the end of the kayak legs. No gear should be left after you leave with kayaks.

Only gear related to water activities is permitted in the paddle bags  – no food, water, extra clothes unless it is permitted by the organizer for a specific kayak leg.

Maximum weight of the bag is 25 kg.

Let us know if you are bringing your own paddles or life jackets to help us with logistics.


For ARC 2023 we will not have any abseil or rappellling but we will have Via ferrata.

You will have to bring a harness and via ferrata set. You can use DIY Via ferrata set but it has to be done properly.
Ropes should be at least 6 mm and you must use locking carabiners.
You can use your bike helmet.
We reserve the right to stop you from going on Via ferrata without the appropriate gear.

Bring Via Ferrata set to registration.

Use this video as an example of how to make a proper Via ferrata set.


We created a system that helps slower teams to keep up with the faster ones by skipping some of the check points. For the top teams this system does not change anything. They will need to collect all the checkpoints if they are planning to win or even just to finish the Full course.

There will be two type of check points –  Mandatory Check Points (CP) and Optional Check Points (OCP).

  • Mandatory CP’s are obviously mandatory and teams will need to collect all of them in order to be ranked.
  • Optional CP’s will have time value (not always a representative of how long it would take a team to collect it) that will be added to the total race time for teams that do not collect them.
  • Once a team misses their first Optional CP’s it immediately goes from Full Course team to a Mandatory Course team.
  • Once a team misses their first Mandatory CP’s it immediately goes to a Short Course team.
  • The teams from the Mandatory course cannot be ranked higher than teams from the Full Course.
  • The winner is the team with all check points (mandatory and optional) collected in the fastest time.
  • If a team misses even one OCP, it is ranked behind all the teams that collected all mandatory and optional CP’s, even if their time (with the added time for every OCP they missed) is faster.
    Example: team A collected all mandatory CP’s in 70 h  and team B collected all mandatory CP’s in 68 h and missed 1 optional CP with value of 1 h (total 68 h + 1 h = 69 h), team A is ranked higher, because they collected all the CP’s (mandatory & optional).
  • If none of the teams collects all the CP’s (mandatory and optional) the winner is the team that has collected all the Mandatory CP’s in the fastest time (with the added time for every OCP they missed).
    Example: team A collected all mandatory CP’s in 70 h and missed 1 optional CP with value of 2 h (total 70 h + 2 h = 72 h) and team B collected all mandatory CP’s in 68 h and missed 1 optional CP with value of 5 h (total 68 h + 5 h= 73 h), team A is ranked higher.
  • After the team breaks the chain of mandatory CP’s in a row all the teams that collected even one mandatory CP in a row more than your team are ranked higher.
    Example: team A collects 34 mandatory CP’s in a row but manages to collect 20 mandatory CP’s after that. Team B collects 35 mandatory CP’s in a row and after that collects 16 mandatory CP’s until finish. Team B is ranked higher.
  • If two or more teams have the same amount of mandatory CP’s collected in a row the team with most mandatory CP’s collected in total is ranked better.
    Example: team A and team B collected all mandatory CP’s in a row until CP 54, but after that team A collects 9 mandatory CP’s until the finish and team B collects 10 mandatory CP’s until the finish. Team B is ranked higher.



We will be using two types of maps: standard topo maps and hiking maps.
Hiking maps will have marked hiking routes on them.
All maps will be 1 : 25 000 and the CP’s will be marked on them.
The maps will be waterproofed but you will still be able to write on them. 
Each team will get two sets of maps.


Example map from ARC 2018


Example map from ARC 2018


Example map from ARC 2019


Example map from ARC 2019


Example map from ARC 2022


Example map from ARC 2022


Example map from ARC 2023


Example map from ARC 2023


Arriving by plane?
The biggest international airport is Zagreb Airport. We will organize a transfer from Zagreb Airport on May 11 for teams and their equipment. The bus will leave not later than 14:00 so book your flight accordingly.

We will also provide drop-off to Zagreb Airport on Sunday May 19. We will try to adjust the time of the drop off according to the departure of the teams but don’t expect us to be very flexible. We will definitely try our best.

  • Zagreb (ZAG), Croatia, Franjo Tuđman Airport 206 km from Baška

If for some reason Zagreb airport does not work for you, nearest airports are:

  • Rijeka (RJK), Island Krk, Croatia 44 km from Baška
  • Pula (PUY), Croatia 174 km from Baška
  • Trieste (TRS), Italy, Airporto Ronchi dei Legionari 177 km from Baška
  • Venice (VCE), Italy, Marco Polo Airport, Venice 286 km from Baška
  • Brnik Airport (LJU), Ljubljana, Slovenia 203 km from Baška

We can help you with booking a transfer from and to any of these airports, so let us know by email if you need any assistance.

Croatia is a Member State of the European Union, and on 1 January 2023, it also became part of the Schengen area.

Travellers from other Schengen countries do not have to show their identity card or passport when traveling to or from Croatia if they come from countries belonging to the Schengen area. However, we advise you to bring your passport or identity card with you nevertheless, in case you need to prove your identity.

Entering Croatia from countries that do not belong to the Schengen area is possible upon presentation of an identity card, a valid passport or a valid visa. It is also important to point out that you will need your passport when requesting a VAT refund form for purchases made in Croatia if you live in a country that is not a Member State of the European Union.

Before travelling to Croatia, you can check all the details on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia. We also suggest that you contact the Croatian embassy or consulate to check the requirements before you travel.

Thanks to the enhanced mobility within the European Union, many European citizens don’t see their personal documents, including their passports, as important as they were in the past. Despite the openness of the borders and the free flow of people, you should always be careful with your personal documents because their theft or loss can cause unwanted issues or lead to identity fraud.

Should you lose your passport or identification card you used to enter Croatia, first you must seek assistance from the nearest police station, followed by the diplomatic mission or consulate of your country, where they can provide you with a temporary travel document, enabling you to exit Croatia.

  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left.
  • Seat belts are mandatory for all occupants of the vehicle.
  • Don’t drink and drive, the law has a zero-tolerance policy for drivers under 25 which means that the blood alcohol level (BAC) limit is 0%.
  • The BAC limit for drivers over 25 years old is 0.5%.
  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited unless you have a hands free device.
  • Vehicles entering a roundabout have right of way as do all forms of public transportation and school buses.

As a member of the European Union, Croatia is part of the economic and monetary union which introduced the euro as the common currency.

As of 1 January 2023, the euro (EUR) will be the Croatian currency and the sole legal tender in Croatia, replacing the previous kuna. Banknotes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 euros, while coins of 1 and 2 euros and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents are in use. There is also a 500 euro banknote in circulation, which was discontinued in 2019, but is still legal tender.

The electric energy system in Croatia is the same as in the rest of Europe. All installations emit an alternating current of 220V/50Hz, and the sockets used are type F (so-called “Schuko” sockets). This means that European visitors (except those from Great Britain and Ireland) won’t require any adapters, while visitors coming from countries with a different system or socket standard should use standard, EU adapters.

Visitors from countries whose electric energy system is based on a lower voltage (110V) should check whether their devices can function on the European 220V system. Newer devices can most probably function regardless of the type of electric energy system, but there is no harm in checking, especially in the case of more sensitive or expensive personal devices.

Yes, the water is safe to drink in Croatia. Tap water safety levels are generally high across Croatia. According to the studies, Croatian tap water is of excellent quality and meets all standards for human consumption.

Average temperatures reach a very pleasant high of around 23°C and reach a low of a very manageable 15°C. 
However, weather in the mountains can change quickly and temperature could get as low as 5 °C. Also it is not unusual for temperatures to get over 30 °C.

Even with the warmer weather, the average rainfall during May is around 75mm over 10 days, so although it is likely to be generally dry and warm, there is still a risk of showers and thunderstorms during your trip.

The average sea temperature during May is 18°C.



Host town of ARC 2024 will be in Baška on Krk Island.
The host resort will be BAŠKA BEACH CAMPING RESORT.

We made sure that everything is in walking distance from your bungalow – the hall for registration and race briefing, restaurant, gear drop off point and most important – the beach.

Vela Bay Premium camping homes are located in the quiet part of the campsite close to the reception. They are distinguished by a modern style and a relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere. All camping homes include two bedrooms (one with double bed, the other with twin beds), a living room with convertible couch, a well-equipped kitchen, two bathrooms, and a spacious terrace with outdoor seating and sun loungers.

If you would like to come a bit earlier or stay longer, contact us at

We can provide the same discounted price of accommodation for teams and their family or friends in the period from 7th of May until 22th of May.