The third Bonaqua Youth Challenge - a gruelling adventure race for teenagers - will see 60 four-member teams push themselves to the limit in Sai Kung Country Park on December 5. The 12.8-kilometre challenge, organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, is aimed at Secondary Four students or above. The race involves various activities, including running, swimming, inline skating, map reading and canoeing. It is expected that competitors, including mixed, boys' and girls' teams, will finish the race in two to four hours. 'This sort of activity encourages team spirit and positive thinking among young people,' said Akie Hara, spokeswoman for title sponsor Bonaqua. 'It takes a lot of patience, co-ordination and strategic thinking to be able to do well.' A pre-race training session will be held tomorrow at Victoria Park, where participants - more than 70 per cent are from Chinese schools - will receive valuable advice and practise inline skating. They will also learn about teamwork and how to deal with sports injuries. The training is crucial for competitors, said Ms Hara. 'Some entrants are trying adventure racing for the first time, so the pre-race training is important for them,' she added. 'The Bonaqua Youth Challenge is a perfect way to discover skills. For some it may be about using their brain, while others will discover they have leadership skills. This event allows us to encourage young people to see sport as a way to develop their minds and not see it as just tough physical activity.' Hong Kong triathlete Claire Murray has been invited to take part in the challenge as a special guest. She says this kind of race is the perfect introduction to adventure racing. 'This is a great challenge for local youth - I wish there were more races like this here,' said Murray, a training consultant who competes in ironman and triathlon races around the world. Another adventure race, The Team Fear Junior Challenge, sponsored by Asia Miles, will be held tomorrow in Discovery Bay. The support of major sponsors such as Bonaqua is crucial for the success of these events, said Murray, a former banker. 'More businesses should get behind these events and give youth a chance to test themselves. A lot of people come to me and say young people only want to play computer games and go shopping. I disagree. I talk to a lot of kids in schools. They love the opportunity to do something different,' she said. 'There is a real need for more races. Multi-sport races require teamwork and problem-solving skills. Participants can learn which sports they like and don't like. 'The biggest problem is venues. That's where the government needs to get involved. Facilities managers and the police need to be more open to saying 'yes, we can do this, we'll find a way' rather than 'no, we can't possibly do that'. These things are possible with creative thinking.'