Top Aussie multisporter Jarad Kolhar joins Adventure Racing World Series roster
Jarad Kolhar hails from Melbourne, Australia and is keen to include some nonstop expedition races to his 2016 calendar that is already full of much shorter and higher intensity multisport races. But Jarad is no stranger to the grit that it takes to compete in a race that that is won over days rather than hours. He has placed 5th at the 2011 Adventure Racing World Championships in Tasmania, and most recently had a terrific race at the 2015 XPD but was unable to finish as a result of an injured teammate.
Jarad runs a kayaking business that sees him out on the water almost every day. Team Adventure Medical Kits is no slouch when it comes to this discipline, but on a world stage it is the area for biggest improvement. Jarad is the answer to increasing our paddling game as well as adding overall horsepower to the team.
Of course, a team is not simply the sum of its stats - more important is the synergy and teamwork that allows the team to function as a coherent unit. Jarad has raced with Rob Preston (Team Adventure Medical Kits' navigator for 2016), but he will be meeting Mari Chandler and Kyle Peter for the first time a few days prior to the first team race of the season at the ARWS Belize race (Mayan Mountain Adventure Challenge). This race will serve as a training grounds and an opportunity for the team to learn how to perform efficiently with the ultimate goal to be more prepared for the very competitive ARWS New Zealand (GodZone Adventure) in early April. Prerace communications and expectation setting will set the team up for success in Belize, but nothing compares to experiencing the team decision making on tired, dirty, hungry, sleepy racers on night 3.
2016 is looking to be an exciting year for Team Adventure Medical Kits with Jarad added to the roster!