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Eksteen, Obrien take IMPI titles
- Updated: April 8, 2013
Claude Eksteen (North Beach, Durban) and Anita Obrien (Kameeldrift West, North West Province) were the first men’s and women’s contestants to complete all 25 signature obstacles of the New Balance IMPI Elite Race on Saturday at Hartbeespoort, North West, securing them the title of Ultimate IMPI Warrior.
According to Eksteen the IMPI Elite Race was interesting.┬áÔÇ£I’ve been a professional triathlete for the past 12 to 13 years. I’ve seen the IMPI on TV a few times, but could never take part due to my schedule.┬áI’ve just recently started to do more trail running and felt ready for a new challenge.
“I didn’t know what to expect, so I just tried to pace myself in between obstacles.┬áTo be good at the IMPI Elite Race I think you definitely need to possess a combination of good running skills and upper body strength.┬áBecause there were obstacles in between I couldn’t really find a rhythm on the run, which was nice as it added variation and got my heart rate pumping.┬áThe competition today was great.┬áI’m really looking forward to taking part in Cape Town in October and will definitely be on the start line again at Hartbeespoort next year,ÔÇØ says Eksteen.
Obrien’s first New Balance IMPI Elite Race experience was a memorable one. ÔÇ£The event was really well organised.┬áAlthough the obstacles were difficult, they were manageable and that was great.┬áComing from a running background I’m not that strong on the swim and this is where my competitor took the lead as I struggled a bit in the dam.┬áI managed to keep my pace on the run and made up the time.┬áI think a strong runner will definitely have an advantage over a physically strong competitor when taking part in the New Balance IMPI Elite Race.
“This event is way more fun than just running and it takes your mind off of just running. I’d recommend that athletes take part in the IMPI at least three times a year. I will definitely be back next year to defend my title,ÔÇØ says Obrien.
Venues for 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.┬áSet over 12 gruelling kilometres with 18 extreme obstacles for the IMPI Challenger Race and 18km with 25 extreme obstacles for the IMPI Elite Race, the IMPI Challenge combines trail running with a military style obstacle course.