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Shenandoah Epic Joins the Adventure Racing World Series North American Circuit

Adventure Enablers is excited to announce that the upcoming 2023 Shenandoah Epic 24-hour adventure race is part of the all-new Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) North America Circuit.

The ARWS North America Circuit is a collection of the best mid-distance adventure races in the Northern Americas region.

The Shenandoah Epic is one of the longest-running 24-hour events on the East Coast and has sold out at 300 participants over the past 2 years. Adventure racers can expect a full 24 hours of trekking, biking, paddling, and navigating through the Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain Range. The Shenandoah Epic starts on April 15, 2023.

“I have worked closely with the AR World Series in the past, hosting several qualifying events and the first-ever world championship in the United States, as well as being a referee. ARWS is a top-notch organization, helping with the promotion, branding, and legitimacy of the sport of adventure racing,” said Mark Harris, the Race Director of the Shenandoah Epic.

“It is great to see global promotion of the sport through shorter events like the Shenandoah Epic, alongside the multi-day expedition races that ARWS has been well known for in the past. We are thrilled to be part of this new series and excited to see how it can help the growth of the sport in the US and around the world.”

Welcoming Shenandoah Epic to the series, ARWS CEO Heidi Muller said, “We are delighted to be working with Adventure Enablers and to have the Shenandoah Epic as part of the new ARWS North America series. Margo and Mark are former Adventure Racing World Championship organizers and the Epic is one of the most popular 24-hour races in North America, so it is a perfect fit for the new series.”

She added, “We’re excited to help adventure racing grow in North America and to welcome more races into the Adventure Racing World Series family.”

More information about the AR World Series can be found at their website at

More information on the Shenandoah Epic and links to registration can be found on the Adventure Enablers website at

About the Adventure Racing World Series

The Adventure Racing World Series unites in competition the world’s best endurance athletes at the premiere adventure races around the world.

The series includes Qualifier expedition races of 3-10 days leading up to an annual Adventure Racing World Championship, and Regional races of 12-36 hours offering an accessible pathway into adventure racing, and the opportunity to progress to expedition races and the World Championship.

There are currently 64 races in the Adventure Racing World Series, with regional races in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania. All teams taking part are included in the ARWS world and regional rankings.

The first Adventure Racing World Championship took place in 2001 in Switzerland and this year’s World Championship in South Africa will be the biggest adventure race in the world. For more information see


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