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Inspired by the the New Zealand-based multi-sport and European endurance races popular since the early 80's, Mark Burnett created the Eco-Challenge in 1992. Eco-Challenge, the world's premiere expedition race, is held each year in a remote region of the world, attracting the best adventure racers from across the globe. The adventure race started on April 25, 1995 in Utah, U.S.A. It was immediately followed by another in New England in the same year. The other expedition races were held in British Columbia, Canada (1996), Queensland, Australia (1997), Morocco (1998), Patagonia, Argentina (1999), Sabah in Malaysian Borneo (2000), New Zealand (2001), and Fiji (2002). Each team of four members must race non-stop for six to twelve days, 24 hours a day, over a rugged 300-mile course using their skills in mountain biking, horseback riding, caving, mountaineering and fixed ropes, river rafting, kayaking, and navigation. The first team to cross the finish line together is the winner. If a team loses a member due to illness, fatigue, injury or a team disagreement, they are disqualified.moreless
David Duchovny

David Duchovny

Narrator (Fiji Islands 2002)

Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter

Narrator (New Zealand 2001)

Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston

Narrator (US Armed Forces Championship 2001)

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  • Mark Burnett, Survivor isn't all that!

    I can't stand Survivor and Eco Challenge was something to look forward to every spring. Mark Burnett was heavily involved until he got pulled away and dove head and butt first into Survivor. I loved Eco Challenge, this show could be revived if some people got their heads out of their behinds and actually cared. I loved watching all the teams, rooting for the Americans, of course! But each year the series grew shorter, going from like 5 days down to 3 days, down to 2. Then all the rage became Survivor. Eco Challenge fell by the wayside. I guess it's all about the money and not the sport, eh, Mark Burnett?moreless