A challenging adventure

For serious adventure racers

The Masters course of YACS will be part of Adventure Race Euroseries this year. This means that the total distance will be somewhat longer than before, but also that there will be several long stages over the course. But it also means that the participants can come a little further. This year, the start is at the center of Viborg, and when the teams land in Silkeborg, they have moved somewhere between 350 and 450 km.

Denmark has many smaller slopes, which make it a little more difficult to find a good rhythm for the teams. In addition, we have many areas with mixed surfaces, so the Master course will make great demands for teams to change many times along the way. Sleep, hunger and temperature fluctuations are also challenges for the teams. The fastest teams can manage without sleep, but everyone gets a minimum of two nights on the route.

When you have to be in the water, on the water, travel on foot, onlines and on a bike round the clock, you should be careful not to spend too much energy keeping your body at the right temperature, but have it necessary equipment available all the time.


40 – 60 hours


Download the roadbook for the YACS ARES course here from 7 pm wednesday august 15. :


Stages overview


  • Paddling (kayak/canoe) 30%
  • Trekking/Running 25%
  • MTB 33%
  • Swimming 1%
  • Inlines 8%
  • Rope/Climbing 3%
  • Navigation 100%

The YACS ARES course has the following distances, if you follow what the course setter believes is the optimal route

  • Trekking: 61 km
  • Inlines: 63 km
  • Canoe: 33 km
  • Kayak: 38 km
  • MTB: 215 km
  • Swimming: 1,5 km
  • Rope

Paddling (kayak/canoe)

Paddling stages can take place both on rivers, lakes and more open waters. All teams will at some time be on the water during dark hours. The stages will largely test the teams’ ability to maintain stable progress for a long time.
The stages on the water take place either in 2 canoes or 1 double kayak and 2 single kayaks. This equipment is provided by the organizers.
It is allowed to bring your own kayak paddles, canoe paddles and vests. If you do not have this equipment yourself, it can be borrowed by the organizers. The equipment is handed out before starting, so the team itself is responsible for placing it in the right bags.


Running stages (sometimes also called trekking as the pace drops through the race) will take place in many different types of terrain. And the resistance from the terrain will also vary largely through the course. Navigation at these stages will sometimes be simple, and at other times very demanding. In short, varied running stages should be expected.
The stages on foot will both be short and provide a needed break from other disciplines, and so long that they really become a physical and not least mental challenge for the teams.


The MTB brings the teams wide. On two wheels, the teams can pass large distances, and the teams that are good at helping each other will be able to keep really high speed on some of the stretches. But the MTB stages also come through terrain where the MTB is for no use at all.


Teams should expect to get wet more than once. Even though the sun is shining throughout the course.
On the swimming stages life wests are mandatory. In stages with wading, life wests are not mandatory, but you can easily get some deep water. However, we do not send the teams into something we have not tested ourselves.


Inlines stages will not only challenge the teams of the technique, there will also be tactical considerations.


Participants must be familiar with their climbing equipment, because they will use it several times along the way. And for different activities. They should expect to meet

  • Climbing
  • Zip line (organizers provide equipment. Teams shall bring own harness)
  • Ascending
  • Abseil


Throughout the race, navigation will be cruzial. The teams navigators are challenged to review long road choices and to find items in demanding terrain. Additionally, there will be stretches that get so long that the concentration fails along the way. Here the most skilled navigators will have prepared how to get the concentration traced back on the map.

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