FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA

14 - 20 MAY 2023

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LOCATION & DATE

Croatia, Gorski Kotar & Istria 
14 – 20 May 2023

THE RACE

DISCIPLINES: Run/hike, MTB, paddling, ropes, navigation
DISTANCE: 500 km
CATEGORIES: ARWS Mixed Teams 4
TEAM LIMIT: 30 teams
WINNING TIME: around 75 hours
COURSE OPEN: 102 hours

LOGISTICS

Unsupported
Kayaks and rafts provided
MANDATORY EQUIPMENT: ARWS Standard list
RULES:  Standard ARWS rules

PRIZES

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

RACE CONCEPT

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 thier 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 loose a lot of time in them if you are not organized, prepared and efficient. So don’t forget to train transitions too.

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

13. 5. 2023.

SUNDAY

14. 5. 2023.

MONDAY

15. 5. 2023.

TUE - THU

16. - 18. 5. 2023.

FRIDAY

19. 5. 2023.

SAT - SUN

20. - 21. 5. 2023.

EQUIPMENT
& RULES

ARWS Mandatory Gear

This is a standard ARWS mandatory gear list.
Items marked with red X are not mandatory for this race.
There will be no rope sections at ARC 2022 so you will not need climbing gear.

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 exuse for braking them.

GEAR BOXES

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 on two transition areas.
More info on these areas will be in the road book.
Maximum weight of the one box is 30 kg.

TEAM BAG

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 30 kg.

BIKE BOXES

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.

PADDLE GEAR

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...

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

We are not sure if ARC 2023 will have rope sections and if you will need your climbing gear.
We will add this information later.

RANKING

We will introduce a new ranking system for ARC 2024.
Some check points will be  Mandatory Check Points (CP) and some will be 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 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 Short Course team.
The teams from the Short 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 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).

MAPS

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.

STANDARD TOPO MAPS ARC 2018

Example map from ARC 2018

HIKING MAPS ARC 2018

Example map from ARC 2018

STANDARD TOPO MAPS ARC 2019

Example map from ARC 2018

HIKING MAPS ARC 2019

Example map from ARC 2018

HOST RESORT

LANTERNA PREMIUM CAMPING RESORT

Host town of ARC 2024 will be Tar, located near Poreč in Istria.
The host resort will be LANTERNA PREMIUM 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.

The area of the Marine Premium camping home is 32 m² and they are located in a beautifully landscaped part of the camp decorated in the marine style, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation and close to a new aqua park and pool. They can accommodate up to four people in two bedrooms and offer a spacious and well-equipped kitchen (microwave/stove) with an additional sofa bed, satellite TV and two bathrooms. Marine Premium camping homes are air-conditioned and have a spacious and covered terrace with a barbecue.

If you would like to come a bit earlier or stay longer, contact us at arc@remarkable.events.

We can provide the same discounted price of accommodation for teams and their family or friends in the period from 13th of May until 26th of May.