It seems 2016 was the year of obstacle course races, with thousands of Malaysians getting down and dirty for a bit of fun. Here’s a list of some of the most arduous and exciting events to look out for and some important tips on how to prepare for them.
Event: Warriors Challenge
Where: Kuala Lumpur
When: December 10, 2016
What to expect: This military themed race is huge. The challenges are spread into five sections. The first section includes a 2km obstacle race followed by a steep 3.5km ascent up Bukit Besi hiking trail. Next is a rock climbing section which leads to a 2.4km cross country race. Feeling breathless already? The Finisher, as the last leg is called, requires competitors to carry a 20kg sand bag, bullet vessel or 25kg log. This is where warriors are made!
Event: Score Amazonian Race
When: January 7, 2017
What to expect: Get ready for Malaysia’s biggest women’s only obstacle course race featuring a 5km trail with 12 obstacles. There’s no racing against the clock and you don’t have to be a fully-trained fitness junkie. Just do it your way!
Event: Legion Run
Where: Setia Ecohill
When: January 14, 2017
What to expect: With the tagline, “this is not a race, this is not a competition” thrust yourself into an action packed day of pure wicked fun for all grown-ups. Legion Run is a 5km team-oriented run with 20 plus obstacles of mud, fire, ice and barbed wire. Perfect for family, friends and even co-workers.
Event: Warrior Trail Malaysia
Where: Semenyih Ecoventure Resort
When: January 30-31, 2017
What to expect: A chance for the average man and woman to test their physical fitness and mental toughness on one of the most demanding obstacle courses in Asia. You will be challenged with obstacles such as catapults, climbing structures and five water stations. You’ll also need great shoes with correct grip as well as sturdy gloves to protect your hands. Be ready to commando crawl to victory.
Take a glimpse at slosh and mud that awaits.
Event: Viper Challenge Singapore
When: February 11, 2017
Where: Sentosa, Singapore
What to expect: Asia’s marquee obstacle event returns to Sentosa Island, Singapore. Run and challenge yourselves in Viper Challenge’s only beach event of the year. Enjoy scenic sandy beaches and amazing new obstacles to push you to your limits.
Event: Spartan Sprint Malaysia
Where: Greater Kuala Lumpur
When: March 12, 2017
What to expect: Following the success of the Reebok Spartan Race in October, there’s now a sprint event perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers. Make sure to wear the correct apparel and prepare with core and upper body strength training.
Sounds like fun? If you’re keen to get active over these next few months, grab some friends and register for these events today.
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