Raid the North Extreme (RTNX) has been selected as a qualifier for the 2011 Adventure Racing (AR) World Series. The internationally acclaimed expedition race will happen July 23 to 31, 2011, in the rugged and historic West Kootenays of BC.

Four-person co-ed teams will travel six days, non-stop, navigating a 500km+ unmarked expedition course through the Selkirk, Monashee and Purcell mountain ranges in BC’s West Kootenays by foot, canoe, kayak, mountain bike and fixed ropes.

“As one of the oldest and most traditional expedition races around, we’re very excited to have RTNX back on board,” AR World Series director Craig Bycroft said. “This historic North American race truly rounds out our world-wide series of top quality races.”

RTNX was one of the founding members of the ARWS when it was created with Discovery Channel in 2000, and it served as the World Championship event in 2004. Since then, RTNX had not participated in the Series.

The AR World Series is an international circuit of the world’s best adventure races and culminates annually in the Adventure Racing World Championship, hosted by a different member race each year.

“We’re thrilled to be part of the family of AR World Series qualifier events again,” said Geoff Langford, Race Director of Raid the North Extreme. “The AR World Championship in Tasmania this November has garnered unprecedented attention and registrations, and we’re lucky to be offering a paid entry to that event.”

Raid the North Extreme is already approaching sold-out status of 50 teams, so this news is likely to motivate existing teams to firm up their spot, and to gain the attention of top teams who don’t yet have paid or confirmed ARWC entries.

The current RTNX roster reflects the international nature of the AR World Series, with the US and Canada well-represented, and teams registered from Australia, Mexico, Ireland, Switzerland and St Martin.

Frontier first hosted Raid the North Extreme (“RTNX”) in 1999, and it is now one of the world’s longest-running and most recognized expedition-length adventure races. Renowned for its focus on real wilderness, real navigation, and real adventure, RTNX is a traditional wilderness adventure race.

“RTNX is, and has always been, a hard-core traditional expedition race,” said Langford. “We design true point to point courses that traverse the landscape as an early explorer would have. Competitors will have to deal with exhaustion, weather, elevation and anything else Nature will offer up that week. There’s a good chance they won’t finish this race. This is not a scavenger hunt or a day hike; this is real, challenging expedition racing.”

Raid the North Extreme is more than a challenging wilderness expedition; the race has always served as a platform to highlight the host region’s history, character and communities. The rich mining and pioneer spirit of the area will capture the imagination of racers as they experience abandoned railway trestles and tunnels, dormant volcanoes, old mining access trails and ghost towns.

For more information, visit www.raidthenorthextreme.com, or contact race organisers at adventure@raidthenorth.com