A Filipina bagged one of the top prizes in an ex-treme obstacle course race held in the Philippines for the first time.
Ali Zandra Chongbian from Cagayan de Oro won first place in the women’s elite division of the Spartan Race, held in the open field of Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal, last September 23.
Physical exertion and endurance are keys to success in the Spartan Race, where participants are challenged to climb steep slip walls and high a-frame cargo nets, carry rocks and hoist up sand-bags that weigh as much as a sack of rice, and crawl through mud.
Those who fail to do these tasks will be subjec-ted to a 30-burpee punish-ment.
But Spartan Race organizer Mike Reyes said this obstacle course race is not exclusive to the physi-cally fit.
“Anyone could do a Spartan Race. Yes, it’s gonna be challenging if you’re not in shape, it’s gonna be a little harder, but we designed it so that you can make it through, and we encourage everyone to do it,” Reyes said.
Many of the more than 2,000 participants to the recent Spartan Race were groups of friends, some from fitness gyms, hailing from Taiwan, Singapore, and as far as the US, but a police officer stood out among the crowd.
Police Senior Superin-tendent Joselito Daniel, Chief of the Human Resource and Doctrine Development Unit Training Program Division, said he is looking into replicating the obstacle course in the police training.
“Imbis na nag-rerelax eh ma-maintain yung health nila, ma-challenge sila,” Daniel said.
Spartan Race orga-nizers are planning a longer race course next year for the sport, which may soon be an Olympic category, according to a report.