TRAIL RACE / HIKING / SWIMMING
RAFTING / SNORKELING
with Andy Riedy
May 20-31, 2021
Come explore Montenegro’s rugged and undiscovered landscape with us as we hike, raft, swim, trail run, snorkel, and race in a half-Ironman distance triathlon. This is our most adventurous trip yet!
Each day of our jam packed itinerary will feature an opportunity for you to get to know this small and rugged Western Balkan country by feeling the ground crunch beneath your feet, breathing the clean and crisp air as you run and hike, and hearing the rush of the rivers and feeling the cool water as you paddle, swim, and snorkel.
We’ll taste Montenegro’s unique cuisine blending Balkans and Mediterranean flavors and enjoy indigenous wines cultivated by local families for generations.
Let’s Get to Know Montenegro the Only Way We Know How
The best way to experience Montenegro is by getting intimately familiar with the rivers, land, lakes, and mountain trails that criss-cross this undiscovered landscape. We’ll get out there and get our hands dirty rafting the Tara River - one of the last pristine and untouched rivers in the region, swimming in Skadar Lake - the largest fresh water lake in Europe, trail running along Skadar Lake, and hiking Durmitor National Park, which boasts the deepest canyons in Europe.
A Triathlon Where the Sea Meets the Mountains
What would our trips be without an amazing race in an off-the-beaten path location? We’ll race in Ocean Lava Montenegro, a half-Ironman distance triathlon based in Kotor. We’ll swim .92 miles through calm Kotor Bay, bike 56 miles around the coastline, and run 13.1 fast and flat miles past several UNESCO World Heritage sites. This will be a race to remember in an unforgettable place. Not sure you’re up for the full race? Consider a relay with friends or shoot us a note and we’ll help you arrange a team.
A Culinary and Wine Soaked Expedition with a Splash of History
We will explore the history and culture of Montenegro by visiting the mausoleum of its most famous leader, Petar Petrović-Njegoš. We’ll hike to his famous resting place and also visit Lovcen, the dark mountain from which Montenegro, Crna Gora (Black Mountain), derives its name. We’ll enjoy al fresco meals accompanied by indigenous wines grown for centuries by local families.
Our Montenegro adventure will take us to three distant geographic regions in this small Western Balkans country and we will stay in accommodations befitting each location. At Skadar Lake, we will stay in bungalows - in Durmitor National Park, we'll have cozy cabins. And in Kotor, we'll stay in apartments overlooking Kotor Bay, just minutes from the old town and the triathlon transition zone.
Adventurer, outdoorsman, and U.S. Marine, Andrew and a good friend thought up Open World Racing as a means to bring people together through their common love of racing. He thrives on the energy of races and new adventures and is excited to help others discover new places and meet new friends.
What's included in the price?All overnight accommodations. There will be an additional $450 charge if you'd like a single occupancy option, "single supplement." All planned in-country transportation. All meals planned by OWR and included in the detailed agenda. All program activities listed in the detailed agenda. Race fees and other miscellaneous costs.
Are there any discounts?Yes! All military veterans receive 10% off. Select triathlon, running clubs, and other organizations may receive a discount, inquire for more information Only one discount per traveler
What’s not included in the price?Airfare to and from the arrival port. Meals not listed in the agenda. Personal costs as described in the Terms and Conditions. Travel and health insurance - see FAQ page for possible options. For additional questions, check out our FAQ page or email us.
What happens if I get hurt on this trip?We will not subject you to excessive risk, but many of the activities we undertake have a certain amount of inherent risk: kayaking, SCUBA diving, cycling, and hiking, to name a few. Because the unforeseen can happen, we will have medical and emergency plans in place before each trip – they will be available to view at your request. In addition, each traveler will be required to purchase a minimum amount of travel and medical evacuation insurance. It is worth noting that travel insurance also covers unexpected delays and cancellations, but please check the below providers or consult your provider for more details. Optional Travel Insurance Providers: · World Nomads - https://www.worldnomads.com/ · Allianz - https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/ · Travel Insurance.com - https://www.travelinsurance.com/
How athletic do I need to be to come on this trip?We welcome athletes and adventurers of all types, sizes, and abilities - we organize trips around races of varying difficulty. And remember, it might be difficult to win a race, but focusing on finishing is much more doable. Schedule a coaching consult if you'd like to discuss. Our trips are designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities and everyone is part of the team. Whether you are a curious explorer, aspiring adventure racer, or weekend warrior, you are welcome!