Fayetteville to welcome top teams from around the world to compete in new adventure race

(From left) Rodney Sample, Matthew Boyd, Krissy Sample and Kim Griffith from the One80 Adventure Racing Team. (Courtesy/Expedition Ozark)

Fayetteville this weekend will welcome dozens of elite athletes from around the world for the inaugural Expedition Ozark, a five-day, 360-mile multi-discipline race featuring trekking, orienteering, paddling, rappelling and mountain biking through the region’s rivers, lakes and trails.

The event, organized by Ozark Outdoor Foundation, will kick off with a flag ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Town Center Plaza in downtown Fayetteville. Local officials, including Mayor Lioneld Jordan, are expected to attend and give greetings.

The race begins on Monday and will take competitors through some of the most rugged and spectacular public and private lands in the region. It will include athletes from Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, France, New Zealand and the United States.

Saturday’s welcome ceremony will provide an opportunity for the community to greet and show their support for the competitors before the race begins.

“We are thrilled to welcome the competitors of Expedition Ozark to Fayetteville,” said Molly Rawn, Experience Fayetteville CEO. “This is an incredible opportunity to showcase the beauty and hospitality of our city and region. We look forward to cheering on the competitors as they take on this challenging and exciting adventure race.”