Following is a snapshot of some teams competing in Australia with a complete list lower on the page:
Team Eco-Agents, U.S.A.: FBI agents raising money for D.A.R.E. They speak at schools around the U.S. encouraging children to stay away from drugs.
Team Anteverto, Netherlands: Dutch Special Forces Parachute Brevets and police officers, who speak five different languages.
Team Dalriada, Northern Ireland: both Protestants and Catholics, who will show the world that people of religious differences can work together for a common goal. They are also racing for two charities: the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and the Spina-Bifida Association.
Team Ertips, France: a strongly competitive team that won first place in the 1997 Raid Gauloises in Lethoso, South Africa.
Team Malaysia: a jungle rescue team that includes a member of the Dayak head hunter tribe from the jungles of Kapit Borneo, who spent four years living with Aboriginal Tribes in Australia.
Team New York's Finest, U.S.A.: the N.Y.P.D. scuba team who were registered for the 1996 race, but unable to compete as they were called to dive at the TWA Flight 800 crash site.
Team Pure Energy Australia: encompassing four winners of two different Eco-Challenge events. Three of the team members won the 1995 New England race and the additional member was part of the team that won the 1996 British Columbia race. Team Captain Andrew Hislop was voted one of the Most Eligible Bachelors of Australia.