GAUTENG, PRETORIA, 17 NOVEMBER 2016 – This weekend, the Legends MX Adventure Park in the east of Pretoria is set to explode in a nail-biting finale for the 2016 Jeep Warrior Series, powered by Reebok, taking place from 19-20th November 2016.
Open to all shapes and sizes, and all levels of fitness, the Jeep Warrior Series is led by the Jeep brand, powered by Reebok, and only has one requirement for competitors – pushing personal limits as you pit yourself against mud, water, bridges, slides, ladders, climbing nets, monkey ropes and all sorts of challenging terrain and obstacles.
This will be the first time that Legends MX plays host to Jeep Warrior OCR. Ideally located on a working farm with maize, cattle and indigenous wildlife, the venue boasts an extensive network of mountain biking, walking and running trails, providing the ideal backdrop and atmosphere for the Jeep Warrior season finale.
Competition in the super-tough Black Ops and Black Ops Elite race is fierce and presents the toughest of courses, set over 15 – 20 km with up to 30 obstacles, matching world OCR standards. It is the most challenging category, combining both Rookie and Commando obstacles with the addition of grip-strength endurance obstacles involving gripping your own body weight and dragging heavy objects for set distances.
The series ranking by SASeeding takes your top five race results of the eight Jeep Warrior races in the series.
In the womens Black Ops Elite category, Hanneke Dannhauser is top of the log with a full 20 000 points (5 wins/5 races) with Trish Bahlmann on 18 082 points, Carina Marx with 14 980 points and Dominique D’ Oliveira on 14 529 points.
Currently, Thomas Van Tonder leads the men with near-perfect score of 19 699 points, followed by Greg Avierinos with 16 450 points and Bradley Classe with 16 447 points. It will be a nail-biting race to the finish for the athletes competing for the title of Jeep Warrior 2016 series winner.
A less challenging alternative to the extreme Black Ops course is Warrior Commando, which covers 10 – 14km with 15 obstacles. This course is the perfect team-building experience for couples, friends, and work colleagues. Warrior Commando Elite, the next level up, forbids teams or assistance with other participants, and all obstacles have to be completed in order to qualify.
Warrior Rookie is for beginners and the ideal introduction to OCR, presenting 15 simple and fun obstacles over 5-8 km. But beware if you’re unable to complete an obstacle; a 20-burpee penalty will see you on your way.
Warrior Bratz caters for children ages 4 -12 years old, covering a distance of 500 meters; with 8 obstacles aimed at challenging the little athletes. Parents/guardians are welcome to accompany their children through the course, but may not attempt the obstacles themselves.
Says Jonathan Hart, Advendurance event organiser and Jeep Warrior Series Course Designer, “The Bratz Zone is the perfect place for children to play, while parents are participating in the Warrior Race. Access control and childminders ensure that the children will be safe and well-looked after, with various activities to keep the children busy. A special course designed for the brave Bratz can be enjoyed throughout the day.”
So grab an old pair of takkies, t-shirt and shorts and enter you and your friends into South Africa’s biggest growing and hippest sport, Jeep Warrior OCR. Remember, Jeep Warrior courses are not for the meek and mild so be ready to get down and dirty.
There’s still time to enter Jeep Warrior Race 8.
Book online here – www.warrior.co.za.
Use the hashtag #BeBrave to join the Jeep Warrior social media conversation.
JEEP WARRIOR SERIES RACE 8 LEGENDS MX
Date: 19 – 20 November 2016
Venue: Legends MX, R515, Rayton N4, 1001
GPS Coordinates: S25 49,890 E28 32,333
Cash Facilities: No. Please bring cash along with you.
Parking: 4000 vehicles
Spectator entry fee: R30 (kids under 3 years of age don’t pay an entrance fee)
Race Day Registration: Register at least 1.5 hrs before the start of your batch.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF OCR
Today’s obstacle course racing has evolved from military-style bootcamp training courses that were used to prepare recruits for combat. One of the world’s oldest competitive OCR events is the notorious Tough Guy Challenge, which takes place every year in Staffordshire, England. Started in 1987, the race claims to be “the world’s most demanding one-day survival ordeal”.
Held in in the middle of the British winter, Tough Guy’s 15km course is designed to resemble a World War One battleground, with 25 obstacles featuring steep hill climbs and cliffs, freezing water pools and muddy ditches, fire pits, rope bridges, nets and barbed wire fences.
In 2010, OCR truly became an accessible sport to everyone, not just the super fit. This was in part due to the launch of the Spartan and Tough Mudder obstacle races in the USA that catered to a range of fitness abilities. Both races soon gained mass support and sponsorship, with over a million Americans registering for and participating in OCR in 2011.
In 2014, the first OCR World Championships took place in Ohio USA. It was won by the UK’s Jonathan Albon, who went on to successfully defend his crown in 2015.
ABOUT THE JEEP WARRIOR SERIES
The Jeep Warrior Race is South Africa’s oldest and largest obstacle course race that spans eight events across four provinces.
The series burst onto the scene in 2013 and immediately spearheaded the meteoric rise of obstacle racing in South Africa. It quickly grew to up to 9000 participants per event and remains at the forefront of the growth spurt in the new sport of obstacle racing with its larger than life obstacles and innovative courses to challenge South Africans.
What makes Jeep Warrior Race so popular, is that anyone can participate – all you need is a pair of old running shoes and a great sense of adventure.
To find out more, go to the Jeep Warrior website – www.warrior.co.za.
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