Rules and Equipment

These are the common rules and equipment list for the Swedish Adventure Race Series. Local rules and additions/subtractions to the list of mandatory equipment may apply and these will be specified on the race page.


The organizers’ and teams’ code of conduct is based upon common sense and god sportsmanship!

Swedish Adventure Racing Series Rules of Competition


There are two classes. Adventure Racing Class: Official race class with co-ed teams consisting of four members. Co-ed teams mean that at least one member of the team must be of the opposite sex. Series points are only given in this class. Open class: Optional team constitution of two to four persons. Teams with only men or only woman are allowed. A team participating in the AR class can be transferred to Open class before or during a race, should a team member become injured or retire from the race. All participation is at your own risk.

  • All use of substances specified on the International Olympic Committee List is forbidden.
  • Teams must complete the race together and within visible distance from each other at all times.
  • Only maps provided by the race organizer are allowed.
  • After information has been given about the location of the race, it is forbidden to conduct training in the specified area to gain information about the course.
  • Traffic rules must be followed at all times. Have respect for fellow road-users. Private property is out of bounds.


  • GPS units and similar, other than those provided by the race organizer, are forbidden during the race.

Forbidden devices

  • Devices that show your position, display maps, distance travelled etc. Exemptions: If a competitor wishes, for example for post race performance analysis, to carry such a device, they must register it, including any separate display devices (e.g. watches) at HQ and have them sealed in a tamper proof bag prior to the start. Officials will check that the bag is intact at the finish line.
  • Distance measuring devices such as foot pod accelerometers and pedometers (cycle computers exempt).
  • Mobile phones, radios, other communications or internet access devices etc (excluding the compulsory emergency phone sealed prior to the race).
  • Maps other than those provided by the organisers (specifically from race start to crossing the finish line).
  • Firearms, night/nocturnal vision devices.

All equipment that is brought out on the course must be taken back again. Failure to do so can entail a penalty from a 10 minute time penalty to disqualification. The race organizer can request to see all mandatory equipment according to the equipment list during any time of the race. Failure to collaborate will entail a 1 hour time penalty. The race bib shall be worn fully visible at all times (also on top of the life jacket). Backpacks can be worn on top of the bibs.

Checkpoints, proof of visitation and GPS tracking

  • SportIdent is the official and only timekeeping system (except for races utilising old school pin punching). This means that no other method for proving the team’s visitation and route exists. Neither GPS tracking, confirmation by race officers nor other means can be used for proving the race course.
  • All team members are responsible for their personal SportIdent stick (provided by the race organizer). Each team member must carry their own stick from start to finish. Failure to comply means that the team is disqualified.
  • Team members must check their stick at each checkpoint.
  • Missed checkpoints: Single missed registration at checkpoints gives time penalty. A lost Sportident stick will render time penalty as well as financial compensation. If no team member has registered at one or more checkpoints the team will be disqualified. Should disputes arise, the race organizer can consult the GPS tracking system.

Ranking system and series points

Points are handed out to the team according to the outcome of the race.

Rank Points
1 100
2 80
3 60
4 50
5 45
6 40
7 36
8 32
9 29
10 26
11 24
12 22
13 20
14 18
15 16
16 15
17 14
18 13
19 12
20 11
21 10
22 9
23 8
24 7
25 6
26 5
27 4
28 3
29 2
30 1

For participation in a solo race, the four best individual results of the team are accounted for. The teams are then given points according to the table above. The three best races during the season are accounted for. Teams who retire from a race will be unranked and receive no points from that race. A race can have one or multiple short courses, decided for some teams by the race organizer. Teams who finish the race will be ranked after what proportion of short courses the team has taken.

Race jury and time penalties

  • The race jury consists of three people
  • The jury can change the race course, hand out time penalties and disqualify teams.
  • The jury can also hand out penalties for actions that have not specifically been forbidden by the rules of competition.
  • Objections shall be written and handed to the race jury no later than one hour after the team has crossed the finish line.
  • Time penalties can either be handed out on the course of after the race.

Discipline specific rules

  • Biking: The bike does not need to be taken to each checkpoint.
  • Kayaking: During night time kayaking teams must wear head lights to be visible to others in the water.
  • Inlines: Poles are allowed

Frequently asked questions

How many races do we need to participate in to get a result?

The three best races of the season for each team is added and the team with the most points will be the champions of Swedish Adventure Race series

Swedish Adventure Racing Series
Equipment List

Mandatory full time equipment

  • Cell phone with fully charged battery, turned off and in waterproof bag/container for emergency use only. Shall be worn on body during kayaking (not stowed away).
  • GPS Tracker (provided by the race organizer)
  • First Aid Kit, waterproof and including sports tape no shorter than 3 meters.
  • 2 compasses
  • Road book and maps (provided by race organizer)

Mountain biking sections

  • Spare tube, min. 3/team
  • Bike tool (minimum including chain breaker and tool kit)
  • Pump or miminum 4 CO2 Cartriges

Full time equipment

  • Base layer (i.e. long sleeved top and tights), socks, beanie, fleece shirt (200 g minimum), gloves, water proof shell jacket and pants
  • Survival Blanket
  • SportIdent stick (provided by race organizer)
  • Race bib
  • Head Light
  • Whistle


  • Bailer or pump + sponge
  • Paddle (private or provided by the race organizer)
  • Personal Floating Device/Life Jacket
  • Towrope

Mountain biking

  • Front facing white light + rear facing red light. Must be mounted to the bike.
  • Helmet
  • Race Tag (provided by race organizer)


  • Helmet


  • Personal Floating Device/Life Jacket

Recommended Personal Equipment for each discipline


  • Waterproof map cover
  • Wetsuit or drysuit for bad weather conditions


  • Map holder
  • Cycle repair kit, including pump, tubes, tools and spare parts
  • Head light appropriate for night riding


  • Waterproof map cover
  • Head light appropriate for night trekking


  • Poles


  • Hand paddles
  • Air bed