Armed Forces Eco-Challenge coming to Alaska

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Eco-Challenge, billed as the world's most grueling expedition race, is coming to Alaska.

Twenty-six teams from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines will participate in the Armed Force Eco-Challenge, a first-ever qualifier for the main race.

The race will cover more than 200 miles and will include biking mountaineering, rafting, trekking and glacier travel. The race will begin on June 21.

The winner of the Armed Force Eco-Challenge will be entered in the Eco-Challenge race to be held later this year in New Zealand. Four Alaska-based teams will take part in the qualifier.

Eco-Challenge has teamed with the Tragedy Assistance Providers for Survivors, a non-profit organization helping those who have lost loved ones while serving in the military. The qualifying race will be used to raise awareness for the group.

The race will be taped for a two-hour production to be aired on the USA Network in early October.

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