Organisers of the next edition of Bear Grylls’ Eco-Challenge: World’s Toughest Race are on the hunt for more intrepid endurance athletes.
The dates for the race are not confirmed due to uncertainty around coronavirus but organisers have identified two potential slots: one in late February into early March, 2021 and the other in November, 2021 and you can now apply to participate via the official website.
The latest edition of the contest, dubbed “the World’s Toughest Race” recently aired on Amazon Prime and was well received by fans and critics alike.
Teams of four, including at least one member from each gender, made their way across Fiji by foot, bike, kayak, raft and even horse. They were met and resupplied by support crew at designated camps located along the 671km route. Each team represented a country and three of the four active team members must be citizens of the nominated country.
The next season is due to take place in Patagonia, a region in southern South America. The route is 500km long and the race will last around 10 days.
The course will remain a mystery until the last minute, and even then the teams will be kept in the dark about parts of the course as they start.
“The Patagonia racecourse may include sections of fixed ropes, trekking, glacier travel, horseback riding, mountain biking, kayaking and special challenges,” the race’s official website read.
To make matters more difficult, all technology, like GPS and smartphones, are banned unless the organisers state otherwise.
If you are still tempted to apply, there are a few requirements. One member must possess at minimum a 70-hour first responder course certification, and all of the team are required to pass the Eco-Challenge rappelling and rope ascending certificate, the Eco-Challenge kayaking and swift water certificate, the Eco-Challenge navigation and mountain travel certificate and the Eco-Challenge horseback riding certificate.
That all comes after the selection process, during which you will be asked to provide your adventure resume.