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A research agenda for adventure racing events that take place in natural settings and protected areas

Newsome, D. and Lacroix, C. (2012) A research agenda for adventure racing events that take place in natural settings and protected areas. In: 6th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas, MMV6 2012, 21 - 24 August, Stockholm, Sweden

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This paper refers to adventure racing which occurs in protected areas and research questions arising from this. Adventure racing generally comprises a combination of outdoor activities such as rogaining/orienteering, mountain biking, running, abseiling, rock climbing and canoe (white water) racing. Adventure races typically extend over long distances and take place over a number of days. Participants are usually required to master a range of – outdoor activities and also manage the transport of food, water and equipment. Contestants are at risk of illness and injury as they compete in unfamiliar and isolated areas and may be required to perform with minimal sleep in multiple day events (see Kay and Laberge, 2002). Adventure racing is well established in New Zealand, USA, Australia, Morocco, Argentina, Borneo, and Fiji. Events that take place in these countries range in size and sometimes involve thousands of people including support crew, spectators and organizers, sometimes media and film crews and are an increasingly profitable commercial enterprise.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
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