As the host city, Casper will also be the home of smaller fitness challenges for those of us who aren’t quite ready for the AR World Championships, but still not the faint of heart. Past events have included a 5K Glow Run and the Casper Strong AR, a demanding 7-12 hour course that features a 12-mile run up 3,000 vertical feet to the top of Casper Mountain. If your summer days are anything but lazy, this is the week to be in Casper.
Some of the world’s most elite athletes will cross the finish line in Casper after one of the most physically and mentally grueling challenges they’ll ever face. Fifty teams from more than 30 countries will have six days to cover up to 500 miles of Wyoming terrain traveling by foot, mountain bike, vertical roping and boat during the Adventure Race World Championships. They’ll follow a map with mandatory checkpoints across vast ranch lands, teetering mountains, authentic ghost towns, dramatic canyons and alpine rivers. They’ll race through history along old wagon roads and mountain passes used for the Oregon Trail, the Pony Express and the Gold Rush as they chase the $25,000 first place prize.