America's Toughest Race is the vision of Jason and Chelsey Magness-- professional adventure racers with one of the most accomplished adventure racing teams on the planet -- Team Bend Racing (formerly Team YogaSlackers).
As competitors, Jason and Chelsey have competed all over the world, with 40,000 hours of racing time between them.
They devised America's Toughest Race to be the ultimate challenge to human
perserverance, teamwork, and technical outdoor skill.
Since 2018, Oregon has played host to the event, but it may move in the future. The race is not tied to any specific area and an entirely new course is designed each year. The disciplines and challenges are chosen based on the terrain and will also vary but will always include some form of foot travel, water travel, and cycle travel.
Technical disciplines may include (but are not limited to): whitewater paddling, mountaineering, caving, canyoneering, rock climbing (top-rope or lead), rappelling, tyrolean, tree climbing, swimming, bike-whacking, bike-rafting, orienteering course, SUP, outrigger, sailing, canoeing, and survival skills.
The route is completely unmarked with teams choosing their own path through the course using map and compass. GPS is strictly forbidden.
Teams must be made up of 2 or 4 members, with 4-coed being the category where all prize money is allocated. Teams must finish with all members together. If one team member quits, the entire team is out.