Impi Challenge excitement


The IMPI Challenge will head to the picturesque Van Gaalens Cheese Farm near Hartbeespoort, North West Province one last time in 2015.

It will take place on Thursday, 24 September and elite entrants Claude Eksteen and Greg Avierinos will be vying for the coveted title of IMPI Elite Champion.

“The atmosphere at every IMPI race is amazing,” says Eksteen. “I really enjoy the way in which Pieter Du Plessis puts the course together. He makes good use of each venue and incorporates a lot of natural obstacles and amazing trails. The obstacles are always great fun. They are challenging, but manageable for all entrants irrespective of their fitness levels. I would recommend the IMPI Challenge because of the variation and challenges that you have to overcome out on the course. It keeps things fresh and exciting.”

According to Avierinos, IMPI challenges you in multiple ways. “The running in the IMPI Elite Race is particularly tough compared to other obstacles course races (OCR). There is a bit of swimming, while trees and other obstacles make the route extra exciting. The IMPI Elite Race GP#2 will be my last proper chance to race hard before I head to the USA for the OCR World Champs. As I am not a swimmer, I find swimming to be the hardest obstacle. It’s a nice element though as it cools you down and loosens up the legs for the upcoming run. Although it’s always a challenge especially if you’re trying to race hard, IMPI is also a great day out with friends and a good introduction into the sport of obstacle course racing.”

A trail run that features obstacles, the IMPI Challenge has five fun categories to choose from and is ideal for entrants of all ages. These categories are: Impi Challenge (10 kilometres with 18 obstacles for athletes of 18 years or older), Impi Dash (five kilometres with 12 obstacles for athletes 10 or older – adults are welcome), Impi Mini (one kilometre with smaller supervised obstacles for ages six to 10 years), Impi Elite (18 to 20 kilometres with 25 rough obstacles for athletes of 18 years or older and it is a timed event for prize money) and the Impi Corporate (10 kilometre challenge with extra benefits, participants need to be 18 or older).

Prize money will be allocated to the top three finishers in the men’s and women’s IMPI Elite Race, R10 000 for first place, R5 000 for second place and R2 500 for third place. The first male and female IMPI Elite finisher of 45 years of age and/or older will take home a whopping R2000 prize.

Entrants are invited to enter the best dressed competition. Pull out all the stops! There are awesome sponsor prizes up for grabs.

Family and friends are invited to relax in the Festival Area while loved ones conquer their fears out on route.

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