IMPI Challenge season finale takes the Purple Windmill by storm

Seen here:  Ashley Robinson (Kenilworth) in action during the IMPI “Competitive” Challenge at the Purple Windmill (Stellenbosch).

Photo Credit:  Mark Sampson

The 2019 IMPI Challenge season closed off on a high note on Saturday 23 November 2019 with 2400 adventure seekers of all ages toeing the line at the Purple Windmill (Stellenbosch) ready to take on the IMPI Challenge #3.

No stranger to the IMPI Challenge, professional Muay Thai fighter, kickboxer, stuntman and personal trainer, Ashley Robinson (Kenilworth) pulled no punches in the IMPI “Competitive” Challenge crossing the finish line first in a lightning fast time of 59 minutes 29 seconds.

“I just wanted to lead the race by 100m, but at the 5km it felt as if I was just warming up.  I started to run hard.  It was really tough, but it was really fun.  The run was scenic.  It’s the athletes, the competition and nature that attracts me to this event.  Sharing it with other athletes is beautiful.  Out of all the training that I do, I feel that obstacle course racing is the best test out there for fitness.  It shows me exactly where I am in my training and what I am doing wrong or right.  Currently I know that I am doing something right because I can compete against obstacle course racers.  It feels good to finish first today.  It will motivate me to get more people not only to do kickboxing or Muay Thai, but also to take up trail running.  It’s a therapeutic session for me, it’s good.”  Jolian Joo came in second, while Anthony Clayton finished third.

The IMPI “Competitive” Challenge Women’s Race was won by Lenetia Mundie in a time of 01 hour 14 minutes 10 seconds.  Renata Stolze came in second, while Dominique Macnab finished third.

Georgia Alberts (Durbanville) took on the IMPI Challenge with three friends.  “This is the fourth time that I’ve taken part in the IMPI Challenge.  I like the fact that there is both a running and a strength element.  The obstacles were quite challenging, but not that bad.  It was a lekker run and there was a lot of gees which helped.  The IMPI Challenge is such a good race that tests your ability to do power training, weight lifting and running.  It’s an all-rounder.”

“The IMPI Challenge #3 was action-packed from start to finish,” says Pieter du Plessis, IMPI Challenge Race Director.  “We would like to thank every single entrant for taking on the challenge.  You did it!  You are tough enough!  We are excited to close the season off on such a high note.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2020 for more IMPI Challenge fun.”

A trail run with a twist, entrants got to spend the day outdoors enjoying a beautiful trail run route that featured a combination of challenging and fun obstacles (natural and/or manmade).  

There were four categories to choose from when entering the IMPI Challenge:

1.       IMPI Corporate: the 10km Challenge distance with extra benefits (age 16+ years)
2.       IMPI Challenge:  10km with +-18 obstacles (age 18+ years)
3.       IMPI Dash:  5km with +-11 obstacles (ages 10+, all adults welcome)
4.       IMPI Mini:  1km with +-8 smaller supervised obstacles (ages 6 – 10 years)

CHARITY SUPPORT:  When entering online IMPI Challenge Warriors could support the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

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