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Polyathlon des Cedres Event

For the seventh consecutive year, the Association du PolyLiban (www.polyliban.org) organizes its Lebanese-Swiss sport and cultural events: The Polyathlon des Cèdres and the PolyLiban long distance cycling tour under the High Patronage of the Lebanese Army Commander, General Jean Kahwaji, and with the support and participation of the Lebanese Army. This non-competitive sport and adventurous challenge expands your limits and gives you the chance to discover Lebanon in a different way. It raises awareness to respect the environment by using only your bike and feet as a means to travel. This year the Polyathlon des Cèdres will take place on the weekend of September 13 and 14, followed by the PolyLiban tour from September 15 to 18.   


In the previous years, these events gathered hundreds of Lebanese men and women, in addition to young people from Switzerland, France, Canada, Australia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, as well as participants from the Lebanese Army. They explored together the beauty of Lebanon and its hidden treasures from the coast to the highest mountains on their bikes. The diversity of nationalities, the non-competitive spirit and the fraternal atmosphere make the Polyathlon a good place to promote inter-cultural exchange that enables people to transcend the social, religious, and political barriers. Thus, the Polyathlon becomes a mean of indirect reconciliation where differences are breached by the love of nature, mutual aid between participants, and collective physical and moral endurance.   


During the Polyathlon des Cèdres, the participants will start with 3-km of rafting on Byblos shore, followed by a 2-km swim. After that, they will cycle 95-km to reach Becharreh Cedars and will end-up linking the sea to the highest summit in the Near East, Qornet El Sawda (3088 m), by a 12- km walk. Their goal is to reach the peak in less than 24 hours!  


Afterwards, the participants continue with the 400-km cycling tour during 4 days. This year the tour is entitled “Mountains’ Heritage”. Crossing more than 50 villages from North to South, the participants will discover more than 200 cultural and natural attractions and landmarks, and they will enjoy cycling in a wide variety of mountainous landscapes:  Day 1 starts in Bcharreh and ends in Ehmej passing by Hasroun, Hadath el Jebbeh, Tannourine, Douma, Mechmech, etc.  Day 2 starts in Ehmej and ends in Falougha passing by Aqoura, Hrajel, Kfardebiane, Baskinta, Mein, etc.  Day 3 starts in Falougha and ends in Maasser el Shouf passing by Hammana, Chbanieyh, Rechmaiya, Brih, Barouk, etc.  Day 4 starts in Maasser el Shouf and ends in Bkassine passing by Kefraya, Saghbine, Machghara, Ain el Tineh, Kfarhoune, Jezzine, etc.  


The Association du PolyLiban would like to express its gratitude to the Lebanese Army and its head, Commander General Jean Kahwagi for his patronage and logistics, the Lebanese Red Cross and Civil Defense, as well as all concerned municipalities: Jbeil, Fatre, Kartaba, Tannourine el Fawqa, Hadath el Jebbeh, Becharreh, Ehmej, Baskinta, Machghara, Union of Jezzine Municipalities, and of course all sponsors, volunteers, media and friends who contribute every year to the success of this event.  


For more information, please contact: Ms. Carole Akl on: 03-82 50 68 or by email to: karoleakl@hotmail.com

Ms. Maya Bou Nassar on: 03-95 05 16 or by email to: mayabounassar@hotmail.com