This document puts the standard rules and regulations of adventure racing in writing. These have been added to and adapted from Zirk Botha’s original adventure racing rules, which were originally created in 1999.
I put this document together in April 2003, following a number of badly organised races where CPs were in the wrong place, race briefings were delayed and very, very long and unnecessary.
Safety in adventure races is a major concern addressed by event organisers around the world. They have to ensure that whether the team is novice or experienced, they will be able to complete ropes, water, hiking, mountain biking, horse/camel riding and other disciplines.
In adventure racing, rules are not made to be broken. In a sport where your survival could depend on assistance from a nearby team mate and compulsory equipment, it is clear that AR rules have been established to ensure your safety.