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Adventure racing: Icefield revealed to be part of 2011 Wenger Patagonian Expedition in exciting new race

September 1, 2010

In a break from tradition, organisers have revealed that the route for the 2011 Wenger Patagonian Expedition will take competitors to parts of Northern Chile that have never been explored before.

The-Wenger-Patagonian-ExpedThe route is usually kept under wraps until 24 hours before the start of the race, but organiser Stjepan Pavicic has confirmed that the 2011 route will be the first to incporporate the world’s third largest continental ice field.

The race will also cover the fjordlands on Chile’s west coast as part of the epic expedition. The 2010 race went further south than ever before so this next expedition is going in the opposite direction to create an equally thrilling and challenging experience.

The race, which is widely regarded as the toughest and wildest in the world, pushes athletes to the limit as they trek, cycle and kayak through rugged terrain whilst battling against the isolation and unpredictable weather. Competitors cover mountains, glaciers, forests and swampland amongst others in an effort to win the prestigious title of first place.

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The next race hopes to be able to incorporate even more of Chile’s spectacular scenery as it strives to strengthen the bond between the expedition and Chilean tourism. Juan Gabriel Valdes, chief executive of Imagen de Chile, says ‘this race is a great way to show the world what Chile is all about, that we have wonderful geography and we are building tourism while respecting the environment’.

This dedication to the environment is a crucial part of the Wenger Pataginian Expedition. In 2010 the route incorporated the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Karukinka reserve. The race continues to support the society as well as adhering to the Leave No Trace principals and hopes that the exposure will help to highlight the importance of appreciating and protecting the environment.

The race has been steadily gaining momentum and applications have been faster than ever for next year.  Organisers feel the need to come up with something special each year and they have no doubt that the 2011 will live up to expectations.

Last year saw the GB tem Helly Hansen-Prunesco hold onto the winner’s title for the second year running. They will be hoping to repeat their performance next year and with 10 out of the 15 places already filled, there are sure to be lots of teams keen to give them a run for their money

Kirsty Page, Sportsister
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