Countdown on for 2nd annual Nepisiguit Challenge wilderness race

The Nepisiguit Challenge wilderness race may just be entering its second year, but it's already establishing itself as a premiere adventure race, attracting world class athletes.

Set to take on the two day, 140km race are defending champion Anthony Audet from Maria, Quebec and double Olympian Lyne Bessette, a world class racer since 1999.

Organizers say the event provides participants with an opportunity to test their limits in the disciplines of canoeing, biking and running while showcasing the rugged beauty of the Nepisiguit river region.

Registration was at capacity within two weeks.

Recreation Programmer Ryan Wilbur says that's a testament to the exciting challenge it offers to participants.

Twelve four-person mixed teams are vying for $5,000 in total cash prizes for the top three finishers, while eight three-person and twenty-six two-person teams will also take part.

The race begins on Saturday October 7th and sees competitors race from Mount Carleton Provincial Park to Bathurst.