The muchbetter Adventure Event Calendar

Welcome to the muchbetter Adventure Event Calendar – your community guide to the best independent, unique and notable adventure sports events and challenges happening all over the world.

Below is a list of events by month, with links to Event Notices, How To guides and articles from participants describing what its like to take part in events. We have also included links to the official websites.

Get involved – you can leave comments, suggest events and share your stories at the bottom.

January

Lorne Pier to Pub (8/1/2011) – 1.2km swim race, 2 hrs south of Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road, Australia.

Official Website.

Winter Feast Duathalon series opener (15/1/2011) – Duathalon for beginners in Scotland (subsequent races in Feb and April).

Official Website.

Raid de la Savane (15-23/1/2011) – Running race in Burkina Faso – 110km.

Official Website.

The Coastal Challenge(21-28/1/2012) – Running race in Costa Rica – 250km.

Official Website.

Dolomitenlauf(22/1/2012) – Cross-country ski race in Austrian Dolomites – 60km.

Official Website.

February

Cole Classic (5/2/2012) – Australia’s largest sea swimming race near Sydney – 1 and 2km options.

Official Website.

Sapporo International Ski Marathon (5/2/2012). Cross Country ski event – 3 to 50km options.

Official Website.

The Bonk Hard Chill (19/2/2011) – Missouri based adventure race, including running, paddling and mountain biking.

Official Website.

Iditarod Trail Invitational (from 26/2/2011) – 350 or 1000 mile bike, ski or foot race in Alaska.

Kathi’s Howto guide to the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

March

Yak Attack (3-14/3/2012) – Mountain bike stage race in Nepal – 400+km.

How to… race the Yak Attack. Official Website.

The Wee Triathalon (19/3/2011) – Beginner triathlon in Glen Nevis, Scotland.

Official Website.

Cape Epic (25/3/2012) – South African mountain bike stage race – 707km.

Official Website.

April

Marathon des Sables (1-11/4/2011) – Ultra-marathon in the Moroccan Sahara – 243km.

Whats is like to run the Marathon des Sables.

Devises to Westminster International Canoe Marathon (6-9/4/2012) – Canoe race finishing next to the Houses of Parliament, London – 200km.

Official Website.

Oxfam Trailwalker NZ (10-11/4/2011) – Walk 100km in 36 hours in aid of Oxfam, from Lake Taupo NZ.

Official Website.

MacAvalanche (30/4/2011) – Scottish endurance downhill mountain bike race.

Video report.

May

Friends of the Earth Big Green Bike Ride (6-11/4/2012) – Join Friends of the Earth for the whole cycle ride from London to Edinburgh, or just one of the stages.

Official Website.

Fellsman race (12-13/4/2012) – 62 mile fell race in Yorkshire.

Event Notice. How to guide.

Big Ice Race(15-28/4/2011) – World championship XC skiing race across Greenland – 590km.

Official Website.

Keswick Mountain Festival (18-22/5/2011) – Includes a range of events.

Event Notice.

Ocean Kayak Race (22/5/2011) – 20-30km sea kayak race in Anglesey, Wales.

Official Website.

Comrades Marathon (29/5/2011) – 89km running race in South Africa.

Event Notice.Official Website.

June

Tour Divide (10/6/2011) – Mountain bike race from Banff, Canada, to the Mexican boarder – 4418km.

How to race the… Tour Divide.Official Website.

West Highland Way Race (18/6/2011) – Running race along the West Highland Way, Scotland – 153km.

Official Website.

3 Peaks Yacht Race (25/6/2011) – Race to climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, travelling between them by Yacht.

Official Website.

Big Five Marathon (25/6/2011) – Marathon and half marathon in a game reserve in South Africa, mixing with the ‘Big Five’ animals.

Official Website.

July

Coasts and Castles Ride (10-12/7/2011) – Charity fundraiser on bike between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Event Notice.

Badwater Ultra Marathon (11-13/7/2011) – 135 mile ultra marathon through Death Valley.

Official Website.

Endurance Downhill (23/7/2011) – As many runs down the Nevis Range DH course as you can in 6 hours.

Official Website.

Iron Bike (23-30/7/2011) – Tough multi-stag mountain bike enduro event in the alps.

Official Website.

Raid The North Extreme (23-31/7/2011) – 500km+ adventure race, using bike, foot, rope and paddel in British Columbia.

Official Website.

La 6000D (30-31/7/2011) – 60km ultramarathon with over 4000m ascent, in the French Alps.

Official Website.

Tough Guy Nettle Warrior (31/7/2011) – One of the toughest, maddest and most painful challenges around, in the UK.

Official Website.

August

Descenso Internacional del Sella (6/8/2011) – Canoe race down the Sella Riva in the north of Spain – 20km.

Official Website.

Norseman Xtreme Triathalon (6/8/2011) – One of the longest and toughest triathalons in the world (and certainly in Norway!).

Official Website.

Causeway Coast Adventure Race (13/8/2011) – Irelands foremost adventure race.

Official Website.

Grand Raid (19-20/8/2011) – Mountain bike marathon event in the Swiss Alps.

Official Website.

BjrklidenArctic Mountain Marathon (19-20/8/2011) – 2 day orienteering event in the arctic, up to 70km of distance to cover. Sweden.

Official Website.

Pikes Peak Marathon (20-21/8/2011) – Run up to 2400m over 21.5km.

Official Website.

Grand Raid des Pyrnes(26-28/8/2011) – Trail running event in the French Pyrnes, 80 and 160km options.

Official Website.

September

The Blue Mile (4/11/20121) – Cover a mile of water in aid of the WWF.

Event Notice.

The Big Ben Nevis Triathalon(10/9/2011) – Off road triathalon on and around Ben Nevis.

How to complete the Big Ben Nevis Triathlon.Official Website.

Raid Goelix (17/9/2011) – Multisport (sea kayak, run, bike) event in Bretagne, France.

Official Website.

Ghana Cycle Challenge (30/9/2011) – Charity fundraising cycle event in Ghana.

Event Notice. Neil’s Story – Ghana Cycle Challenge.

Spartathalon(30/9 – 1/10/2011) – Ultra-distance running race in Greece – 245km.

Official Website.

October

Triple Crown Bouldering (1/10/2011) – 1st of 3 in a series of bouldering competitions in the southeast of the US.

Official Website.

Relentless 24 (8/10/2011) – 24 hour mountain bike race in Scotland.

Offical Website.

Alpkit Outdoor Festival (14-16/10/2011) – Outdoor activity weekend festival.

Alpkit Outdoor Festival

Namibia 24hr Ultramarathon (15-23/10/2011) – 126km (3 marathons!) in 24 hours – one of the toughest ultramarathons around.

Official Website.

The OMM (29-30/10/2011) – Off-road running event – self supported for 2 days in Central Scotland (location changes each year).

How to race The OMM.

November

La Ruta de Los Conquistadores (2-5/11/2011) – Mountain bike stage race in Costa Rica.

Official Website.

The Druid Challenge (11-13/11/2011) – 80 mile, 3 day walking or running race in the UK.

Official Website.

The Highland Fling (12-13/10/2011) – Australian mountain bike marathon event in NSW – 55 and 110km options.

Official Website.

Les buffles de Ngh An(19/11-1/12/2011) – Running event in Vietnam – 110 and 60km options.

Official Website.

Real Ale Wobble (19/11/2011) – Mountain bikes, ale, and the Cambrian Mountains (Wales) – a perfect mix! – 15, 25, 35 mile options.

Official Website.

Sani Stagger (26/11/2011) – Running race crossing the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa – 21 and 42km options.

Official Website.

December

The Grim Original (3/12/2011). Crawl, wade or run through an army training ground near Aldershot, UK – 8km.

Official Site.

If you know of other events which should be included, or have up to date information on any listed, please leave a comment below. Where dates have been passed, please let us know if you know of next year’s dates!

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