Raid in France

  • September 09, 2014

Raid in France has become one of the leading adventure races in the French outdoor realm, a sport which has experienced a sharp expansion with nearly 200 races organised throughout France this year. No other race is remotely like it: an adventure race in total autonomy. The concept is simple: 4 racers completely immersed in the wilderness for 5 to 8 days of non-stop adventure. The route remains secret until the race starts, and itineraries are uncovered in real time by the participants during the race. The stages can include mountain biking, trekking, white waters (canoe, kayak), canyoning, caving, mountain, ropes (absailing, vertical jumar climb, monkey bridge etc), horse riding and orienteering. That’s enough to keep any adventurer happy!

Having participated in the world’s biggest races, the organisers of Raid In France can bare witness to the diversity that the French territory can provide. It is seen as a perfect setting for adventures since it is as exotic as South America, Africa or Oceania.

The key values of this adventure race are team spirit, since adventure racing is above all a team sport. The teams will be made up of four runners, including at least one woman, with the ethos of getting the whole team to the finish line together. The course also promotes solidarity amongst the participants with each helping their teammates organise their belongings, eat or get geared up. This type of contest has always been a platform for participants to discover and excel personal limits and Raid in France is no different. Most motivated teams surpass their need for light and sleep to further their progression along the course and all who finish have pushed themselves to the limit and beyond.

The race organisers are very aware of the environmental impact that these type of competitions can cause. They have organised the race with the ethos of back to nature. The participants will go back to a genuine “running” race, simple and authentic: orientation without GPS, limited number of checkpoints for more freedom in orientation choices and free-moving out of the signposted itinerary, forbidding any kind of movement assistance (sailing…), complete autonomy.

All teams will be supplied with a Yellowbrick tracker which will collect and transmit data every fifteen minutes. The data collected, including speed, direction and gps co-ordinates, is sent through the Iridium satellite network almost instantaneously. It then arrives at YB Tracking HQ servers where it is visualised onto the race player. This makes it easy for any family, friends and supporters to keep up to date with the teams progress throughout the race. Our devices also have a safety beacon included so any accidents can be reported and dealt with quickly, so there is no need for families to worry about their loved ones.

For more information please visit Raid In France website.

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