NEARLY 200 students will test their physical strength, willpower, endurance and team spirit on Sunday at the fifth annual Youth Adventure Race 2006. This year, 192 students aged between 15 and 20 will compete in the mixed boys and girls divisions. There will be 38 four-member teams in the novice category, which were nominated by 30 local and two international schools. An open category was introduced this year, making this year's race the largest ever. The 20 two-member teams were formed by individual applicants, who have prior experience in adventure racing. The Challenge will begin at 9.15am and finish at 3pm. It will be held at the picturesque eastern dam of the Sai Kung Country Park this year. The multi-sport race includes trail running, canyon hiking, kayaking, a special task (rafting) and an assault course, which is a series of challenging obstacles to test physical endurance. It includes running, balancing, crawling, jumping and climbing. The special task will cover a course of 10 to 15 kilometres. St Francis' Canossian College, South Island School and Mongkok Workers' Children Secondary School were category champions in the Bonaqua Youth Challenge adventure race last year. Free pre-race training, which ended last week, was provided for all teams to help them equip themselves for the race. Training involved tactics and technical skills for sports such as the assault course and canoeing. Trophies, medals and certificates will be presented to the champions, first runner-up and second runner-up in the two categories. The Challenge was organised by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and sponsored by Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong. Mountain climber Chung Kin-man, the first Chinese to climb the highest peaks on seven continents and visit both poles, will present trophies to all champions at a prize presentation on Sunday.