Athlete team to compete at 2007 Adventure Racing World Championships

Press Release –April 25th 2007

THE first Hong Kong and Singaporean Chinese adventure athletes to compete at World Championships

 

The first Hong Kong and Singaporean Chinese adventure athletes, part of THE NORTH FACE Greater China team, have recently qualified to compete at the Adventure Racing World Championships. The event, to be held in Scotland from May 26th to June 2nd, is one of the world’s toughest endurance races and requires teams of four persons to mountain bike, paddle, abseil, swim and run while navigating across 500+ km of wilderness.

 

THE NORTH FACE Greater China team, made up of Hong Kong Chinese, Tsang Sui Keung (Stone), Singaporean, Esther Tan Cheng Yin, Englishman, Stuart Sharpless, and American, Ryan S. Blair, will be one of the only teams from Asia represented. The team has qualified based on their recent top results in adventure races around Asia and Ryan and Stuart’s 2005 World Championships performance in the European Alps.

 

Tsang Sui Keung, one of Asia’s top mountain runners and 2006-7 champion of Hong Kong’s King of the Hills series, said, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to compete against the best teams in the world. I will try my best as the first Hong Kong Chinese to compete in the World Championships.”

 

Perhaps the biggest challenges will be the non-stop nature of the 7-day event. Competitors will choose when and where to sleep and eat and have no support crew, making the event a true “expedition-style” adventure race. Tan Cheng Yin, the teams required female member and underwater explosives expert in the Singapore Navy, elaborated, “Anything can happen in a race like this where we may average 2-3 hours sleep per day….one twisted ankle could be the end for the whole team…we have to be constantly looking out for each other and work closely as a team just to finish.”

 

Ryan S. Blair, winner of this years Green Power 50km trail race and several local and regional adventure races, added, “We hope our participation will help raise awareness of adventure sports in Hong Kong and China and help people value more our spectacular outdoor areas. We are so lucky in Hong Kong to have virtually instant access to jungle trails, gorges and good sea kayaking venues.”

 

Stuart Sharpless, who used to live in the region where the race will start, revealed, “We will be forced to deal with huge variations in weather conditions and nights that will be much, much colder than Hong Kong and Singapore. It certainly will help having the support of THE NORTH FACE, who have the quality gear and apparel made to handle all the elements thrown our way.”

 

Race Website: http://www.arwc2007.com/homepage.htm Race date: 26th May – 2nd June 2007 For more information please contact: Frances Chan, Media Relations, The North Face Greater China Team. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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