Princes take part in Xtreme challenge
By James Kon

A total of 100 teams sweated it out to test their mental and physical endurance in the HSBC Tri-Xtreme Challenge, which kicked off at Taman Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien in the capital yesterday morning.

Dubbed the Xtreme Pursuit, the first of the three-stage challenge, participants had to finish the stage within three hours.

The teams were divided into four zones, and the first stage only covered the vicinity of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Also participating in the challenge were His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Azim and His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Mateen.

The Tri-Xtreme Challenge is organised for Bruneians, aged 15 to 24 years, who compete in teams of four. The challenges not only tests the mental and physical endurance of the participants but also how well each team works together.

The winning team will walk away with B$8,000 in cash, four iPod Nanos and exclusive Tri-Xtreme merchandise. The first and second runner-up will receive B$4,000 and B$2,000 respectively.

The Tri-Xtreme Challenge, organised by HSBC, will be held over three consecutive Sundays, with the level of each challenge's difficulty intensifying after each stage. Teams are eliminated along the way.

Out of the 100 teams who competed in the first stage, only 50 teams qualify for the second stage, which is the Xtreme Adventure, to be held at Bukit Shahbandar Forest Recreation Park this coming Sunday (July 2). Registration for teams who make it to the second stage will start at 7.30am. - Borneo Bulletin (26th June 2006)