Dantak to or­ga­nize “Chal­lenge 60- sixty “race

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Project Dantak will be or­ga­niz­ing The 5th Open Moun­tain Bike Race to com­mem­o­rate its 54th Rais­ing Day in Bhutan. The race this year holds is of spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance as it co­in­cides with the 60th Birth An­niver­sary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck and has been aptly named as the “Chal­lenge 60- Sixty ”. The race has been planned for 19th April, (Sun­day) to en­able max­i­mum par­tic­i­pa­tion in­clud­ing that of school chil­dren. The jour­ney has been planned along the pic­turesque Thim­phu – Chu­zom - Paro- Dru­gyel – Paro - Thim­phu road cov­er­ing 120 km.

Moun­tain bik­ing be­ing a grow­ing sport in the coun­try, Dantak is or­ga­niz­ing the race in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee (BOC) for pro­fes­sional con­duct of the event and also to en­sure max­i­mum par­tic­i­pa­tion from all cy­cling en­thu­si­asts. To en­cour­age max­i­mum par­tic­i­pa­tion, the race has been widely pro­moted by Project Dantak & BOC by way of ad­ver­tise­ments on BOC web­site, Face book page, SMS cam­paign, BBS, FM Ra­dio Chan­nel and bill boards dis­played at prom­i­nent places.

As in the past there is no reg­is­tra­tion fee for par­tic­i­pa­tion and at­trac­tive cash prizes are planned for open and women cat­e­gories. The first prize in both cat­e­gories will be awarded Nu 65,000 and sim­i­larly the sec­ond, third, fourth & fifth prize has been fixed at Nu 45,000, Nu. 25, 000, Nu. 15,000 and Nu 10,000 re­spec­tively. In or­der to mo­ti­vate youth, this year a spe­cial cat­e­gory for chil­dren un­der 16 has been in­tro­duced with cash prizes for the win­ner and run­ners up. This cat­e­gory will be awarded Nu 15,000/ & Nu 10,000/re­spec­tively.

The flag­ging off of the race will be at 8 AM from Changlim­ithang sta­dium and the closing cer­e­mony has been planned at the Thim­phu Clock Tower. To add to the fes­tiv­i­ties, a Dantak Fete will also be set up, com­pris­ing of stalls with at­trac­tive items and In­dian food from the Dantak Wet Can­teen, Takti Can­teen and lo­cal Bhutanese cui­sine. The cel­e­bra­tion at Clock Tower will also wit­ness a per­for­mance from SI­FAR, a rock band from In­dia, spon­sored by In­dian Coun­cil for Cul­tural Re­la­tions, New Delhi, the DANTAK Jazz Band and young dancers and per­form­ers from the M Stu­dio Group.

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