Sure, triathlons are challenging and fun. But the run-bike-swim routine can get old. Add a little adventure to your multi-sport race schedule by adding climbing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, orienteering, or mountain biking to the mix. The best part about these races — still niche, but growing in popularity — are that they tend to be in locations with mountains, trails, and water. In other words, the kind of locale you might seek out for any sort of adventure. Here are eight multi-sport races that will push you to the limit.

Patagonia Expedition Race: Hike, Climb, Kayak, Mountain Bike

Patagonia Expedition Race: Hike, Climb, Kayak, Mountain Bike

The famously tough Patagonia Expedition Race has teams trek, climb and complete rope work, kayak, mountain bike, and use backcountry navigation to explore remote locations such as the Strait of Magellan, Torres del Paine, Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn, and the Southern Continental Ice Field. You are likely to cover hundreds of miles before you see people outside of the team you’re competing with.

Expedition Africa, South Africa: Mountain Bike, Hike, Kayak, Orienteering

Expedition Africa, South Africa: Mountain Bike, Hike, Kayak, Orienteering

This race is way off the grid, taking you on a tour of South Africa’s Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve. Contestants will mountain bike, trek, kayak, and complete rope and orienteering work along a winding rocky valley that that spans 45 miles. Along the way you might spot buffalos, zebras, and baboons. As the route is complex and potentially dangerous, at least two members of your team need to be able to navigate by compass and map during the day and at night.

Peter Island-Athlon Challenge, British Virgin Islands: Mountain Bike, Swim, Run

Peter Island-Athlon Challenge, British Virgin Islands: Mountain Bike, Swim, Run

Set on Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands, the Islander Challenge “2.0” consists of ten miles of mountain biking, five miles of hill-running, and one mile of swimming. Immediately after the race, the famous Peter Island Breakfast is served for participants and volunteers. Extend your trip by two to three days and stay at Peter Island Resort to loosen sore muscles in pristine azure water before you head back home.

River Kwai Trophy Adventure Race: Running, Swimming, Kayaking, Mountain Biking

River Kwai Trophy Adventure Race: Running, Swimming, Kayaking, Mountain Biking
Over 200 international teams compete in this race running, mountain biking, swimming, and kayaking through Thailand’s historic Kwai Valley, thick with jungle foliage and mountainous terrain. The race spans three to five hours for the Adventure division, and four and a half to eight hours for the Extreme division.

Master of the Mountains: Run, Paddle, Bike

Master of the Mountains: Run, Paddle, Bike

Traverse the rugged terrain of Sugarite Canyon State Park in Northeastern New Mexico to show the mountainous region who’s boss. In this race you’ll partake in a six-mile run on, a three-mile paddle on Lake Maloya at 7,500 feet, a 20-mile bike ride on both dirt and regular roads, and a shooting competition.

XPD Expedition Race Australia: Hike, Mountain Bike, Kayak

XPD Expedition Race Australia: Hike, Mountain Bike, Kayak

This one is for experienced multi-sport racers that like to compete in a team. Participants flock from all over the world to hike, mountain bike, and kayak for three to six days in this behemoth race. The race is scheduled every 18 months in a new remote Australian location and racers wear satellite tracking devices to help locate teams and also stream their coordinates onto the race website. The 2018 location hasn’t been announced yet but it’s certain to be somewhere off-the-grid and spectacular.

 Moxie Adventure Race: Kayak, Run, Cycle

Moxie Adventure Race: Kayak, Run, Cycle

Just 45 minutes from Dublin, the Moxie Adventure Race has competitors kayak, run, and cycle 22 miles to the finish. The run is uphill and uneven — requiring you to wear trail shoes as you gain 950 feet along rolling and rocky green pastures. Blessington Lakes serve as the backdrop of your race, and during the running portion you will bypass Black Hill (Kilbeg) a WW2 airplane crash site.

Huairasinchi: Hike, Mountain Bike, Kayak, Climb, Orienteer

Huairasinchi: Hike, Mountain Bike, Kayak, Climb, Orienteer

This team competition in Ecuador involves orienteering, trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, and climbing and is divided into two distances; elite, which is approximately 250 miles, and adventure, which is approximately 100 miles. The name of the competition Huairasinchi means “strength of the wind” in English and is derived from the native Kichwa language. Race organizers give back to local communities throughout the year by helping them build boats, improve soccer fields, and donating school materials. In return locals welcome Huairasinchi competitors racing through their lands. After six days of competition the teams are transported back to Quito.

 

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