Army and civilians prepare to compete in Alpha Patrouille des Cedres, March 3, 2019. (Photo by Patrouille des Cedres Team)
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Hundreds of civilians and military personnel braved storms earlier this month to compete in "Alpha Patrouille des Cedres," a backcountry ski race around the Zaarour area organized by Lebanese explorer and sportsman Maxime Chaya.Around 1,000 civilians and service people from 16 nations, including Lebanon, took part in this year's race, the second edition since its founding in 2008 .This year's answer to the Swiss original race was held on March 3 and invited patrols pairs of skiers or snowshoers to compete in two categories: civilian and military.The first race took place in 2008 under the title Audi Patrouille des Cedres, with around 200 competitors from eight or nine countries. 2008's race was made accessible to civilians and military personnel without the means to afford equipment thanks to donations from the Swiss Armed Forces, Chaya said.
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