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Take on the Bosta Challenge on Saturday, October 31 2015 and cycle from Hemlaya to Tannourine to make a difference in the lives of children treated at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon.

This event is brought to you by the Chain Reaction, a series of cycling events that aim to make a difference in the lives of patients and the charities that support them.

> What are the routes?
- Option A: 20 km route - from Hemlaya to Faitroun
- Option B(osta): 65 km route - from Hemlaya to Tannourine

*Course distances are approximate measurements only.
**Detailed route map, directions and elevation profile will be provided soon
***Riders who conclude in Faitroun will be transported to Tannourine by shuttle to take part in the finish line celebrations.

> What does it cost?
- Early bird price (closes 30 September): $30
- Standard price: $40

> What does the entry price cover?
- Full en-route support: including traffic management, support and gear vehicles, mechanical assistance and mobile medical support.
- Quality nutritional support at each rest area and at the finish site
- Peer support from the Chain Reaction team
- Participant’s pack: including Chain Reaction and sponsor giveaways
- En-route photography

> Where do I get tickets?
- Any MALIKS near you
- Any Khoury Home near you

> Where will the funds go?
The funds raised will go towards the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL). The CCCL is a regional pioneer in pediatric cancer treatment with a mission of hope and a healthy future for children; where they are treated free of charge, with no cost at all on their parents. Inaugurated in April 2002, the CCCL has treated, to date, over 1,000 children with cancer. A portion of the raised funds will also go to Steer North, an Australian registered health promotion charity, founded by two young Lebanese, whose purpose is to inspire and empower young adults to live healthy and active lives. Through a 4000 km cycling journey across Australia, Steer North creates a mobile community that cultivates capacity, inspires ideas, stimulates action and advances health from the grassroots up. The Chain Reaction is a result of Steer North’s commitment to promote health and physical activity through cycling.

> I don’t have a bicycle, can I still participate?
Yes! Bicycles and helmets will be provided at an additional cost of $5. Please make sure to select that option during registration. Bicycles are limited in number so make sure you register early to secure one!

> 65 km (or even 20 km) is a long way. What if I don't make it?
There will be several rest stops along the way from Hemlaya to Tannourine. Water and nutrition bars will be provided at the rest stops for your to replenish your energy. In case of fatigue or injury, our support vehicles will escort you to the nearest rest stop or finish line.

> How do I get to Hemlaya and back from Tannourine?
Transportation to and from Beirut will be provided at an additional cost of $5. Please make sure to select that option during registration. Should you choose to drive to Hemlaya, a shuttle will transport you back once the finish line celebrations have concluded in Tannourine. Please note that the buses may not be equipped to transport your bicycle.

> What time do we start?
- 8:30 am: Gear collection and registration in Hemlaya
- 9:00 am: 65 km ride (Option B.osta) begins
- 10:00 am: 20 km ride (Option A) begins
- 2:00 pm: Finish line celebrations commence in Tannourine
- 4:30 pm: Buses transport riders back to Beirut through Hemlaya

> What are the age restrictions for the ride?
Any children under the age of 8 are not allowed to ride in the Bosta Challenge. If the rider is aged 16 years or younger on the day of the ride they must be accompanied by a Parent / Guardian, as nominated at the time of registration.

> What will the weather conditions likely be on the ride?
Being that the ride takes place in Mount Lebanon, the weather is unpredictable and can change very quickly throughout the day. Given the unpredictable nature of the region in that time of year, you must be prepared for varying weather conditions throughout the day.

> What happens in the event of extreme weather?
The Bosta Challenge is hosted in some of Lebanon’s most spectacular alpine regions. As is the nature of running an outdoor event, the ride is subject to the unpredictable climate and weather conditions characterized by these areas. The Chain Reaction works closely with relevant stakeholders to develop contingency plans in the event of extreme weather conditions and reserves the right to change or cancel the event in such circumstances.

> For more information about the Bosta Challenge, please contact:
Rita Nehme: +961 76 393334 |
Dana Aboul Hosn: +961 3 414 600 |

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