Words: Newsport Media | Photo: Cherie Vale
Returning to Lievland Wine Estate and Wiesenhof Legacy Park, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 19 October 2013 and Sunday, 20 October 2013, the much anticipated New Balance IMPI Challenge promises to be an unforgettable weekend of outdoor fun.
According to Pieter Du Plessis, New Balance IMPI Challenge Race Director, a number of new obstacles have been added to the course. “The course runs in the same direction as last year’s event however the obstacles will be placed in a different sequence. Participants can look forward to cool new obstacles, like the Colour Me Crazy Splash and the VWS Foam Pit, while the infamous Rawson’s Wall is now a double obstacle. There will also be lots of water related crossings. Lievland Wine Estate is the perfect venue for the New Balance IMPI Challenge. It’s absolutely beautiful and lends itself to spectator friendly obstacles. Some interesting facts to think about is that Lievland Wine Estate is situated in a unique valley originally called Natte Vallei, due to all the water. Wiesenhof is a nature reserve where wild animals can be seen, and also the first green cemetery in South Africa called Legacy Park. My advice to the New Balance IMPI Elite participants is to bring gloves. Remember no outside assistance will be allowed. If you can’t swim be sure to pack the water wings,” laughs Du Plessis.
Combining trail running with an adventure style obstacle course, the venues of the New Balance IMPI Challenge are specifically chosen for their exclusivity and ability to accommodate fun obstacles that will challenge participants both physically and mentally in the ultimate adventure challenge.
The New Balance IMPI Challenge features two events, the New Balance IMPI Elite Race and the New Balance IMPI Challenger event. The New Balance IMPI Elite Race will span over 18km with 25 obstacles and attracts the serious competitor, while the New Balance IMPI Challenger will be set over 12 kilometres with 18 fun obstacles and is ideal for the social participant.
Date: Saturday, 19 October 2013
Start: 07:00 – IMPI Elite Race, 09:00 – IMPI Challenger
Date: Sunday, 20 October 2013
Start: 07:00 - IMPI Challenger
Venue: Lievland Wine Estate and Wiesenhof Legacy Park, Stellenbosch
Participants can enter individually or as part of a team (teams vary in size from 2 – 10 people, although you start together, you do not need to finish together)
Prize Money: Spanning over an approximate 18km route, Elite IMPIS will need to complete 25 challenging obstacles. The first male and female competitor to cross the finish line having completed all 25 obstacles will go home with a prize purse of R10 000.
Up For Grabs:The best dressed individual or team entries stand the chance to win an awesome hamper from sponsors New Balance, Spur and Vit-T-Go, while Tsogo Sun vouchers will be awarded to the IMPI that have the most original war cry.
Community Support: The New Balance IMPI Challenge supports the Woodside Special Care Centre, a private residential home for intellectually and physically disabled children and young adults. Established in 1976 the Woodside Special Care Centre offers a wide range of services designed to promote the development of each of its children.
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Family and friends are encouraged to show support on the day, while soaking up the vibe in the Festival Village that includes live entertainment, a food village and beer tent.
For more information on the Woodside Special Care Centre visit www.woodside.org.za. For more information on the New Balance IMPI Challenge contact 076 772 3735, email or visit www.impichallenge.co.za