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Eco-Challenge Fiji : 330 Competitors Take Part In Race

Promoted as the world’s toughest race, Eco-Challenge Fiji has attracted 330 competitors of 60 teams representing 30 countries in the ultimate expedition challenge. It is an event in which teams
10 Sep 2019 16:50
Eco-Challenge Fiji : 330 Competitors Take Part In Race
Members of Team Tabu Soro and Team Namaku having dinner at the Nabitu District School on September 9, 2019. They will be representing Fiji during the Eco Challenge Fiji expedition. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Promoted as the world’s toughest race, Eco-Challenge Fiji has attracted 330 competitors of 60 teams representing 30 countries in the ultimate expedition challenge.

It is an event in which teams will race non-stop, in some cases for 24 hours a day, across 671 kilometres through rugged backcountry terrain, mountains, jungles and across the ocean.

Teams camped overnight at the Nabitu District School compound in Draubuta for the early morning start of the race today.

Show-runner and executive producer Lisa Hennessy said Fiji was an incredible place and the perfect backdrop for the expedition race.

“We are happy that after 17 years we can come back and the reason we came back was because of the hospitality, the people of Fiji and the beautiful terrains, jungles and oceans,” Ms Hennessy said.

During the adventure teams will have an encounter with more than 170 villages and settlements within a duration of 11 days.

Fiji will be proudly represented by Team Namako that will have a hometown advantage and Team Tabu Soro from Nadi.

Tabu Soro team captain Uri Kurop said he was thankful for the huge involvement of Team Fiji in such a global production.

“Fiji has brought the world to us through this Eco-Challenge Fiji production and we are happy to be involved and we have prepared well for past nine months and ready to take on the challenge,” Mr Kurop said.

Eco-Challenge show-runner and executive producer Lisa Hennessy with children from Draubuta Village at Nabitu District School on September 9, 2019.  Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Eco-Challenge show-runner and executive producer Lisa Hennessy with children from Draubuta Village at Nabitu District School on September 9, 2019. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The race will encompass a variety of non-motorised forms of transportation and other various challenges including outrigger paddling, mountain biking, rappelling, climbing, white water rafting, paddle boarding and canyoneering.

Teams must pass assessments tests and navigation will have to be done with a map and compass.

The event was launched yesterday at Nabitu District School, Draubuta, Tailevu.

Eco Challenge Marketing & Communications officer Amelia Rigsby said the official programme began with the arrival of the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Premila Kumar and MGM Worldwide Television Group and Producer of Eco-Challenge Fiji 2019 chairman Mark Burnett.

Edited by Percy Kean

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