Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) has dominated the second edition of TAAN International Eco-Challenge 2014 organised by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu on Sunday.
The teams from Nepal Army have finished in the top three positions.
The team 'A' won the first position of the Eco-Challenge, which comprised of three sporting disciplines – cycling, running and rafting – with the timing of 2 hours 37 minutes and 25 seconds.
Similarly, the team 'B' secured the second place with the timing of 2 hours, 40 minutes and 10.36 seconds, while the team 'C' finished third clocking 2 hours 46 minutes and 36.94 seconds.
“The event saw participation of 17 teams in total. Each team comprised of four participants and a team manager,” says the organiser.
The participants first ran on a 6.5 km track from Tokha to Pani Muhan in Budhanilkantha. They then cycled on 14.5 km track through the Shivapuri-Nagarjung National Park till Sundarijal and rafted on 7.5 km segment of Bagmati River - from Sundarijal to Gokarneshwar Mahadev Temple, Gokarna.
The winning team received a purse of Rs 125,000 along with medals and certificates. Similarly, the second and third team received cash prize of Rs 95,000 and Rs 65,000 respectively, along with medal and certificates.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Prasad Acharya handed over the prizes to the winning teams.
Speaking on the occasion, Acharya assured all possible support from the government to the private sector to organise events like these. “I urge all other travel trade associations to organize such events and help promote tourism in the country.”
TAAN plans to promote Eco-Challenge as an annual event in TAAN's calendar, says TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala. "We also plan to sell the event through our member agencies to attract foreign participants.”