The Rules

Qualifying Team Rules:

When a team qualifies for the USARA Adventure Race National Championships, it is actually the team captain (the team member named as captain for that individual qualifying race) that qualifies and retains the qualifying slot. If the team splits up, the team captain retains the qualifying slot & all other benefits the team has earned. The team captain is allowed to build their team, including substituting different teammates for the National Championship race. If the team captain cannot attend the National Championship race, the team may name a new captain who would now retain the qualifying slot for the National Championship race. In order to name a new team captain after a team has qualified, the decision must be unanimous and the person named as the new captain must have raced in the qualifier.

Team members that have already qualified for the National Championships may race with another team captain in a later qualifier.  If they qualify in the later race, the captain from the later race would now have a qualifying slot for Nationals.

The National Championship consists of three person teams. The intent of the following rule is to prevent qualifying team members from being left out of Nationals. Teams that qualify at a regional qualifying event on a four person team will be allowed to form a second team for the National Championship. (Example: Team USA qualifies at an event with the following four person team: Bob, Sue, Mike & Sally. Team USA can bring two teams to national championships as long as the captain for each of the teams was one of the four members from the qualifying team -Bob, Sue, Mike or Sally).


Pro Teams:

The USARA Adventure Race National Championship is the premier amateur adventure racing event in the United States. No professional adventure racing teams will be allowed to compete in the USARA Adventure Race National Championships. Teams' amateur and professional status will be determined by the USARA Executive Board.


USARA Citizenship Standards:

Teams must consist of two US citizens to compete for the USARA Adventure Race National Championships.

Citizenship Exception A: Non US citizens who are currently living and competing in the US and have either a work or student visa or a permanent resident green card are eligible to compete in the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. Non US citizens who meet the citizenship exception requirements will race as a US team.

Citizenship Exception B: A team with two US citizens or two members with Citizenship Exception A status and one foreign member may compete in the USARA Adventure Race National Championship.

If a team qualifies and does not consist of US citizens or meet either citizenship exception A or B, they may compete as an exhibition team representing their country. This exhibition team would not be eligible to win the USARA Adventure Race National Championship.

National Ranking Points:

All coed and coed masters teams will be grouped together for USARA National Ranking Points regardless of the category they are registered in at the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. (Example: Team USA wins the Coed Masters division at the USARA Adventure Race National Championship but comes in as the fourth overall coed team at the race. Team USA will receive fourth place USARA National Ranking Points.


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