| The Eco-Challenge, Who Can Enter
can enter the Eco-Challenge. First you need to print the application from their
website. (www.ecochallenge.com) Then you
need to type out the application, and send it in with your athletic resumes.
They like to see newspaper articles, videos or pictures of your team members.
Those applications will go
through a selection process. They only choose a certain number of teams from
each country. Note that the maximum number won't be anymore than 10 teams per
country. The Eco-Challenge wants to be an international event, and they do this
to guarantee that each country will get a chance.
What Your Chances Of
Considering that 1998,
the Eco-Challenge received more than 500 entries from the US, and only 10 were
selected, your chances are not that great. Your team needs to stand out from
One way to get selected
is to win the Eco-Challenge. It seems to be one of those catch-22 deals, "How
can you win the Eco-Challenge if you can't get in?" Another way to get selected
is to have a successful team. Your team needs to go out and prove itself in
competition. Build up your team resume with several other adventure races. The
last way way is to have a unique angle, or characteristic that no other team
The Eco-Challenge is a
competition, but it is also a TV show. Think of drama. If you have something
that will bring drama to the race then you have just increased your chances of
getting selected. For instance, if you had a celebrity on your team, you have a
good chance. Videos can make your team more memorable. Put together a video
that the selection board will remember. If your team is from a country other
than the US, you have a better chance of getting in, just because of the
popularity and demand for the event in the US.
What Are Some Other
Events to Build Your Team Resume?
This sport is really
growing in popularity. There are more new events popping up each year that it
is hard to keep track of them. You can check the latest list at
Beyond Adventure Sports or on the
Adventure Sports Online Extreme Sports, Multisport, and Adventure Racing page.
The most similar other
event is the Raid Gauloises. The Eco-Challenge was actually modeled after the
Raid. If your team has competed in the Raid and done it well, you should get
noticed in the Eco-Challenge selection process. Of course the Raid Gauloises
has its limitations as well. They limit the number of the teams from each
country, but here it is first come first serve. If you have the entry money
together, you can get in.
One last hope of
increasing your chances for getting selected into the Eco-Challenge is to do
your homework. The Eco-Challenge offers a Tour that takes you through the same
course the racers go through. You will get to see first hand what the race is
all about, without having to do it. The Tour will allow you to experience what
is needed for the race, which will help you later when you put together you
application packet. If you are really set on doing the Eco-Challenge, and you
have little adventure racing experience, this could save you lots of money, and
maybe some dignity. You can find information about these tours through their
website.Contributed By: Jack Crawford
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