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A New Look For The Åre Extreme Challenge

Author : Press Release
PhotoCredit : AEC

Racing the Are Extreme Challenge 2018

The year ÅEC got a face lift! From the new race cars to the new race hotel to the new course to the course changes, this well-established Scandinavia adventure race got a new look! And it started with a new website in March 2018 (thanks to Obviuse for this huge contribution!).

Once again mother nature had other plans. Ironically, after rule changes in 2017 aimed at improving the chance for RIVER CLASS participants to paddle the river even when levels were high, Mother Nature blind-sided race management with the unexpected: water levels were too low! The potential damage to boats, together with the risk of too many kayakers trying to squeeze through a small passage, led Race Management to choose the lake instead.

After a cold and windy start at Draklanda, temperatures rose and the wind died. A warm finish line greeted competitors, who enjoyed a nice cold one from Nordic Kiwi Brewers.

Robert Lindberg won the RIVER CLASS male: he has only stood on the starting line three times, but has three victories. The 42 year-old was uncertain if he had the speed in the legs. The answer was decisive.

Marika Wagner treated the crowd to an exciting finish in the RIVER CLASS female. After transitioning 6 minutes behind the leader Marie Nilsson at Huså, she came back to win by 17 seconds, making a surge at the end. She enjoyed the champagne shower at the finish.

Over 200 prizes were awarded to 12 different classes (thanks to our sponsors for a great prize table!). First-time winners of the new LAKE CLASS category were Caroline Bengtsson (female) and Jonas Petruson (male). Congrats!

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