Adventure Racing Ontario Series rules

The Adventure Racing Ontario Series (formerly known as the Ontario Adventure Racing Points Series (OARPS)) is a series of team-based adventure-sport events taking place in the province of Ontario, Canada. 

Team:  For the purpose of the series any team competing in any participating event will receive points.  Teams may draw from a roster totaling 5 team-mates.  Points will be allocated to teams based on their unique team name.  If two competing teams have the same name, they must inform the Points Committee of their respective team rosters.  If a team decides to change their name partway through the season, they must inform the Points Committee before the last event of the season.  Teams can be Coed, All-Male, or All-Female in nature.  Teams with multiple rosters competing in a single event can only count the highest ranking team in that event towards their points total.  Individuals may compete on different teams throughout the year.  Teams may be comprised of individuals from any province, state, or country.

Categories:  Coed, All-Male and All-Female categories will be recognized in the series.

Point Allocation:  Each Category in every event will have 50, 100, or 200 points available. The number of points available is dependent on; duration, number of disciplines performed, the inclusion of navigation, and the historical competition level. Adventure Runs consisting of only running and navigation will have 50 points available. 5-8 hour Adventure Races with navigation, running, mountain biking and paddling will have 100 points available. 24-hour+ Adventure Races with navigation, running, mountain biking and paddling will have 200 points available. Multisport events with running, mountain biking, paddling and no navigation will have 50 points available. Winter events with snowshoeing and/or xc-skiing will have 50 points available. Points are allocated to teams based on their overall result in their respective category. First place will receive 50, 100, or 200 points.  Each subsequent team will receive points based on the following formula (Available Points – overall rank + 1). Teams can only count points from a fixed number of events where the maximum points available from all events total 300. Example A; a team could include points from three 5-8 hour adventure races where up to 100 points were available at each event (100x3=300). Example B; a team could include points from one 24-hour+ Adventure Race (200 points available), one Adventure Run (50 points available) and one Multisport race (50 points available) where a total of 300 points (200+50+50) would be available. If a team participates in numerous events resulting in the maximum points available to exceed 300 only the teams best results will be used to calculate their point total and points from other events will be removed from their total. Furthermore, teams who compete in 3, or more events throughout the season will be ranked ahead of teams who only participate in 1, or 2 events.

Distance Considerations:  For events with multiple distance options, teams completing the longest course will be ranked ahead of teams completing a shorter course.

Team Configuration Considerations:  For events with multiple team configuration options, i.e. teams of 2, 3, 4, or 6 allowed in the same event.  All configurations in the same category will compete against each other evenly for the purpose of the series. *Special Note* Teams participating in the "Tandem" division on the "Challenger Long Course" at the Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race will rank ahead of teams participating in the "Relay" division.

Event Rankings:  Rankings received from Race Directors are considered final.  If your team would like to dispute a ranking, contact the appropriate Race Director.

Ties:  Ties will be decided by looking for the most recent event where both teams competed against each other.  The highest ranking team from that event will rank higher in the overall standings.

Prizing: Team and team member names will be engraved on the series trophy. Each team on the podium will receive a memento describing their achievement. Mementos could include t-shirts, medals or similar items.

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Adventure Racing Ontario Series Event Standards

Each Event Director agrees:

The event experience matches the event description provided in marketing material, or on the events website in terms of distances covered, expected finishing times and the level of difficulty of the various disciplines.  i.e. people experience what they sign up for.

Serious consideration is given to the safety of all participants for all sections of the event and back-up plans are in place for instances of inclement weather.  The Canadian Adventure Racing Association's Safety Guidelines should be followed.

Environmental impact and protection should be considered and discussed with land owners/managers to ensure minimal impact.  The Canadian Adventure Racing Associations Environmental Charter should be followed.

To obtain permission from all land-owners (public and private) for which the course may cross.  This includes all crown, park, and conservation land, as well as any roads, or trails being used. The RD should also mark out-of-bounds and private land on maps if applicable.

Test/vet the course a minimum of 2 months prior to the event taking place.  The course should also be tested at a time of year when conditions will be comparable to those experienced by participants. Ideally the course is tested/vetted a second time by an experienced third party.

Checkpoints (CP's) are placed on fair and unambiguous features that can be accurately located using the provided map, instructions, and and course markings.  It should be possible to locate the CP's without the aid of a GPS and using the same maps and navigation tools available to participants.  CP's should be verified by GPS, or a second method, i.e. from multiple "attackpoints" on orienteering maps. 

To provide formatted results within one week of the event.