A big field of more than 600 riders will be on parade this weekend as the 22nd edition of the annual Hog Charge gets underway at Peponi School, Sukari Ranch in Ruiru on Sunday. The Hog Charge, which is sponsored by milk processor Brookside Dairy, is Kenya\u2019s national mountain bike competition for teens. It is also a charity event whose proceeds go towards supporting the Rhino Ark which is involved in a conservation project that focuses on the Mt Kenya water towers. The event, which is a team competition, will see groups of four riders navigating around a course of checkpoints in the shortest time possible on mountain bikes. The teams will be entered in either the under-12, under-14 or open classes. With the current rainy conditions in Ruiru, this year\u2019s event promises a more explosive fight for honours on the back of a challenging navigation circuit, which includes a new bike pit and cycling track. The dreaded mud gauntlet, at the penultimate stage of the race, is expected to offer a befitting challenge and excitement to both riders and spectators. Brookside Dairy, the sponsors of the Hog Charge for the past 19 years, and hosts Peponi School yesterday said all arrangements for the bike competition were in place with over 50 schools from across the country having confirmed their participation. \u201cApart from the three entry classes of under 12, under 14 and the open category, this year\u2019s event will also feature a family fun race for both parents and their children,\u201d said Christine Maina, Brookside\u2019s general manager for marketing. Seven family teams had registered for the event as at yesterday. Nairobi\u2019s The Banda School, last year\u2019s victors in the boys\u2019 under 12 gauntlet race, will be seeking to recapture the title, but will have to contend with stiff challenge from hosts Peponi School, Oshwal Academy and Rusinga School.