The inaugural 2009 Lanka Challenge, Sri Lanka’s first official Tuk-Tuk rally will take place from 5 to 15 September, 2009. Twenty five teams of intrepid competitors from around the world will navigate the 1200km route in auto-rickshaws taking them through mountains, rainforests, tea plantations, coastal villages and busy towns.
The Lanka Challenge will set out to test the participants racing skills in their three-wheeled mean machines and involve the teams in a number of daily challenges along the route involving the local community.
The 10-day Challenge will give the teams of two or three an up close and personal experience of some of the most fascinating historical sites and natural delights Sri Lanka has to offer visitors while raising money for local charities.
Mr. Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau said: “The 2009 Lanka Challenge will showcase important facets of everyday Sri Lankan living and the teams will be able to discover many diverse destinations within the country.”
The winners will receive $500 US and a complimentary transferable pass for a team of two to the 2010 Lanka Challenge. Local charities will also benefit as 10 per cent of each team’s entry fee will be donated by the organisers, ‘Let’s Travel’ and ‘A Large Minority’.