Raid Amazones Heads to California


The 15th “Raid Amazones” – or Amazon Race – is heading to California for its first ever event in North America.

270 women of a range of fitness levels will be competing in a five-day fitness competition in Greater Palm Springs and the California Desert region from 14th – 19th November, as well as enjoying a bit of tourism.

The aim of Raid Amazones, founded by French television personality Alexandre Debanne, is to give women an opportunity to test their limits and support team building and female solidarity while discovering a new country, culture and scenery.

The format for the California race includes teams of two and three during five half-day challenges. Events include hiking, running, mountain biking, canoeing, archery, triathlons and more. The race will take place from Monday, November 14 through Saturday, November 19.

“We are thrilled to be the first North American destination to host this event,” says Scott White, President & CEO of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our year-round sunshine and picturesque hills and canyons with miles of hiking and biking trails make Greater Palm Springs a mecca for wellness, and the perfect outdoor adventure destination for the acclaimed Raid Amazones.”

Race Schedule:
• Monday, November 14: Trek in Pioneertown Mountains Preserve
• Tuesday, November 15: Bike race in Anza Borrego Desert State Park
• Wednesday, November 16: Canoe race at Salton Sea State Recreation Area
• Thursday, November 17: Scavenger hunt in Los Angeles
• Friday, November 18: Triathlon at Lake Perris State Recreation Area and overnight camping at Joshua Tree National Park
• Saturday, November 19: Morning hike in Joshua Tree National Park and closing night Finale hosted by Visit California at DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Springs

You are too late to sign up for this year’s event, but you can test your French and indicate your interest in the 2017 event online –  You can use the site as well if you wish to find other potential participants to form your 2 or 3 person team.

They take place annually and have been in some pretty stunning places: Bali last year and Cambodia the year before, Malaysia and Mauritius in the two years prior. The venue for 2017 will be published early in the New Year.


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