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The winner of the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge is Scouts Battalion

03.08.2018
Scouts Battalion Team
Photo: Maret Kommer
The winner of the International military sports competition, the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge, which ended today at the Laiuse fortress ruins, is Scouts Battalion.  The Estonian Defence League (EDL) Järva District Team finished in second place and EDL Tallinn District Team Kalevi came in third.
The only all-female team ted in the race, the Naiskodukaitse (Women`s Voluntary Defence Organization)  Võrumaa District Team finished in 17th place.

In total, twenty-one teams finished the Admiral Pitka competition out of the initial twenty-nine that started. Representatives of the national defence organisations of Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy and the USA measured each other up throughout the competition.
 
From the 31st of July to the 3rd of August, during the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge, considered to be one the world’s toughest military sports competitions, the four-member teams had to traverse close to a hundred and seven kilometres as the crow flies covertly from checkpoint.
 
The Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge is an international military sports competition that takes place every year in a different region of Estonia in order to reduce the home field advantage of Estonian teams. The purpose of the competition is to measure the participants' level of training, weaponry / equipment and definitely also morale under conditions that are as close to reality as possible.
 
The Competition Chief Director is Maj. Gen. Meelis Kiili, Commander of the EDL and the Chief Umpire is Finnish Reserve Officer, Captain Tomi Haimelin.  The main organiser of the competition is the Estonian Defence League (EDL) in cooperation with the Estonian Defence Forces, Erna Society and other organizations who are also involved in the preparation and conduct of the event.

The final results of Admiral Pitka recom Challenge