Bored of lifting weights at the gym and running around in circles at KLCC Park? Need a challenge that will test both your physical and mental grit? Sounds like you should register for an adrenaline-inducing obstacle race!
Although a mainstay in the army for years, obstacle races have exploded in popularity over the past few years. Given our increasingly sterile office-based lifestyle, it’s no wonder that hordes of people around the world are willingly embarking on gruelling 10 to 20km races only to throw themselves over walls and into pits full of mud and manure. It’s tough, it’s dirty and it feels incredibly human. These races will push you to new limits, remind you of what it means to be a team player and gift you with an experience to remember!
There are a few races coming up in Malaysia, some of which have already sold out due to popular demand. For the races which still have tickets available, register as soon as possible to prove to yourself what you’re made of!
1. Genting King of the Mountain
- Date: 12 September 2015
- Location: Awana
- Course: 10km, 15 obstacles
- Tickets: Sold out
There’s more to Genting than roller coasters and fancy hotels. Thanks to the guys from the Viper Challenge, Genting will turn into a chilling race to the top this September. If you already have a ticket, count yourself lucky as they have been sold out for months already! If you’ve missed out, read on as the Viper Challenge team have something else in store for you just over the water.
2. Commando Elite Challenge: Urban Warfare
- Date: 19-20 September 2015
- Location: Bukit Ekspo, UPM, Serdang
- Course: 6km, 15+ (badass) obstacles
- Tickets: From RM79
The Commando Elite Challenge: Urban Warfare is an army-themed sprint labelled as “Asia's toughest military obstacle challenge.” Spread across two days you can compete during the day or night. Should you be willing to accept the challenge, you'll find yourself crawling under barbed wire, crossing a lake and ultimately, faced with the perilous task of overcoming the 8 foot “great wall!”
3. Spartan Race
- Date: 10 October 2015
- Location: TBA
- Distance: 6+km, 22+ obstacles
- Tickets: From RM55
Coined as a “spartan sprint,” the Reebok Spartan Race is a mere 6km. This doesn’t mean that it’ll be easy though. The course is packed with over 3 obstacles per km, each designed to challenge your body to its limits. The organisers assure that there will be “fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and occasionally Hell on Earth”. 70% of the event tickets have already been sold so you better be quick. Spartans, prepare for glory!
4. Warrior Madness 2015
- Date: 7 November 2015
- Location: Tadom Base, Banting, Selangor
- Course: 5km, 30 obstacles (4 combos)
- Tickets: From RM78
Held just 12 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Warrior Madness is the last of Tadom Base's “Warrior event series” for the year. Tickets have just gone on sale so pair up or form a team to take on their combo-filled obstacle course. What’s a combo? A combination of not just two but three obstacles in one!
5. Viper Challenge
- Date: 23 January 2016
- Location: Sentosa Island, Singapore
- Course: 10km, 15 obstacles
- Tickets: From SGD69
Ok, so it’s actually next year, but if you missed out on the Genting King of the Mountain event in September and still want to get in on the Viper Challenge action, you should start planning your trip over to Singapore now. Taking place on the majestic Sentosa Island, this will be their first obstacle course ever set out on a beach. And we all know how much we love those soft sand workouts, don’t we?