Source: Ya Libnan.com
For the fourth consecutive year, the hip energy drink company Red Bull sponsored the ‘Red Bull Snow to Sea Challenge’ on Saturday.
The event, which is truly tailored for Lebanon’s unique landscape, combines cross-country skiing, running, cycling and rafting for a combined 60 kilometers (37 miles).
The race kicked off on the ski slopes in Laqlouq, at an altitude of 1760 meters (5774 feet), and ended at the beach in Chekka (Northern Lebanon) at noon.
The Lebanese team VO2Max maintained their supremacy over the endurance competition by winning in 2:59:26 hours. The Lebanese Army team came second over 30 minutes behind. The Snow Sport team finished third with a difference of 40:28 minutes. The national team representing Oman finished fourth, marking the best result for an Arabian Gulf team in the competition’s four year history.
The Lebanese Ministry of Tourism hosted the challenge, and helped attract a record number of teams from new countries for the 2006 endurance race. The event does an excellent job of highlighting the richness of Lebanon’s nature, particularly the valuable characteristic of being able to ski and swim in the ocean in within the same hour.
50 teams participated, including Lebanese and international teams. Seven Arab teams from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and two from Jordan took part as well as one team from Cyprus. Each teams consisted of four athletes.
Red Bull had laid the foundations of this event in 2003 with the participation of 15 teams, some representing major institutions such as the Lebanese Army, the Red Cross, Lebanese universities and foreign embassies. The 2003 race was marked by the supremacy of the VO2Max team that succeeded in keeping its title the consecutive year, winning over 27 teams of Lebanese, French, Belgian, Canadian and American athletes.