After winning two IMPI Elite Race titles in Gauteng, KZN based multisport athlete Claude Eksteen is ready to expand his horizons by taking on his very first IMPI Elite Race in Cape Town on Saturday, 05 April 2014.
Taking place at the picturesque Lievland Wine Estate and Wiesenhof Legacy Park (Stellenbosch) on Saturday, 05 and Sunday, 06 April 2014 there are four structures to choose from when entering the IMPI Challenge Cape Town: a Traditional IMPI Challenge, IMPI Dash, IMPI Elite and of course a fun filled IMPI Mini.
“I’ve competed at the last three IMPI Elite Races at the Van Gaalens Cheese Farm, Hartebeespoort, in the North West Province,” said Eksteen. “I’ve always wanted to take part in the Cape Town
event and now I have the opportunity to do just that. I am looking forward to experiencing a new venue and some new competition. When it comes to obstacle course racing you can’t be too concerned about your competition. You need to focus on yourself, the course, the obstacles ahead of you and getting through them as quickly as possible. I have never been one to look at start lists and other competitors, as I prefer not to focus on the people, but rather to focus on what needs to be done”.
“If you don’t prepare and train for an IMPI event especially the IMPI Elite Race everything will seem challenging,” continues Eksteen. “Learning to transition from trail running to overcoming obstacles is very important. I train six days a week. My training schedule consists of a balance of running, strength training and obstacle course training. My goal at the IMPI Challenge Cape Town will be to have a problem free event. If I can do that, then the results will follow. I encourage people to take on the IMPI Challenge because it is an awesome excuse to get wet and muddy with friends, while acting like kids again. It is a great opportunity to start exercising out in nature, while forgetting about life stresses”.
Currently just under 3000 adventure addicts and lovers of the outdoors have entered the IMPI Challenge Cape Town. Event Organisers expect this amount to increase to 3500 before the start of the weekend, making the 2014 IMPI Challenge Cape Town the largest IMPI Event to date.
Combining trail running with an adventure style obstacle course, there are four structures to choose from when entering the IMPI Challenge:
· Traditional IMPI Challenge: Conquer 18 obstacles over 10 – 12km
· IMPI Dash – Compacted Challenge: Families have the chance to compete together. The course will be 5 - 7km with 12 obstacles (ages 10 – 15 years, all adults welcome).
· IMPI Elite: The course will be 15 – 20km with 25 tough obstacles.
· IMPI Mini: This mini course will be around 1km and feature smaller versions of some of our favourite obstacles (ages 6 – 10 years, all adults welcome).
The race categories cater for a variety of athletes, from elite sportspersons, competent and beginner runners and families looking for a fun experience. Participants can enter individually or as part of a team (teams vary in size from 2 – 10 people, although team members start together, they do not need to finish together).
Date: Saturday, 05 and Sunday, 06 April 2014
Venue: Lievland Wine Estate and Wiesenhof Legacy Park, Stellenbosch
Categories: IMPI Challenge, IMPI Dash, IMPI Elite and IMPI Mini
Best Dressed: One of the many highlights of the IMPI Challenge, IMPIs are encouraged to let creativity reign. The best dressed individual and/or team stand the chance to win awesome prizes compliments of our sponsors.