The Associação Portuguesa de Corridas de Aventura (Portuguese Adventure Racing Association) congregates and represents the AR Clubs, Teams and individual athletes. APCA is a non-profit, non-governmental sports organization, with more than 400 athletes among regular and extraordinary affiliated members and its main purpose is the development and promotion of Adventure Racing.
The association has been in the past three years, the coordinator and organizer of the Portuguese Adventure Racing National Series, named Portugal Eco Aventura, by appointment of the Portuguese Orienteering Federation (FPO). Also, the members of its directive body have been directly involved in the design and lecture of the technical courses in Adventure Racing held by FPO, namely – Race Direction, Race Controlling, Timing and Scoring, Rope Activities and Risk Management.
APCA in cooperation with Estoril Coast Tourism Board and ADA Desnivel, organized in past December, the first edition of the Estoril Portugal eXPeDition Event in the Estoril Coast and in Sintra- Cascais Natural Park.
APCA staff is composed by a large number of experienced athletes and organizers. All the contributions are given on a volunteer basis and we put in force a task-group of 15 permanent members that will coordinate the entire event. At the same time, they also integrate Teams that will compete internationally under the banner of Estoril Portugal XPD. The key members of the Project have more than 10 years of continuous experience in the organization of adventure races – University AR Series 1997-00, Portugal Eco Aventura 2000-07, Algarve and Alqueva International Raids in 2003 and 2004. They also participated in some of the most renowned races in the world, Raid Gauloises, Salomon X-Adventure Series, ELF –Authentique Aventure, EMA, Ecomotion Pro, Bimbache Extrem, among others.