August 17 , 2014
Nepal Army's Tribhuvan Army Club dominated the 2nd TAAN The North Face Eco-Challenge International 2014 organized by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu on Sunday, winning top three positions.
Tribhuvan Army Club 'A' finished won the first position of the Eco-Challenge, which comprised of three sporting disciplines – cycling, running and rafting – with the timing of 2 hrs 37 min and 25 sec. Similarly, Tribhuvan Army Club 'B' clinched the second position with the timing of 2 hrs 40 min and 10 seconds while Tribhuvan Army Club 'C' finished third clocking 2 hrs 46 min and 36 sec.
The event saw participation of a total of 17 teams. Each team comprised of four participants and one team manager. The participants first ran on a 6.5-kilometer from Tokha to Pani Muhan. They then cycled on 14.5-kilometer track through the Shivapuri-Nagarjung National Park till Sundarijal and rafted on 7.5-kilometer 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 gave away checks, medals and certificates to the winning teams. Speaking on the occasion, Acharya said the ministry is lend all possible support to the private sector to organize events like these. “I urge all other travel trade associations to organize such events and help promote tourism in the country,” he added.
Similarly, TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala said the event is Dhamala said TAAN plans to promote Eco-Challenge as an annual event in TAAN's calendar. "We also plan to sell the event through our member agencies to attract foreign participants," he added.
Earlier, former tourism minister Hisila Yami and TAAN President Dhamala jointly inaugurated the event amid a colorful ceremony held in Tokha. Speaking on the occasion, Yami said events like these are necessary to promote Nepal as a destination for all seasons.
Similarly, Event Coordinator Ranjan Rajbhandari said TAAN has been organizing Eco-Challenge since 2013 to promote culture, environment and adventure through sports.
TAAN 1st Vice President Kami Rinji Sherpa said TAAN would organize similar events in future as well.
Presidents and office-bearers of different travel trade associations, office-bearers and executive members of TAAN, past presidents and executive members of TAAN, general members of TAAN, and tourism entrepreneuers, among others were present on the occasion.