Kuala Lumpur, May 1: The Viper Challenge series, widely accepted as Asia’s biggest obstacle course running event, was a huge success in Johor last weekend (Sunday, April 30) after a successful stint in Penang which attracted 11,000 competitors who pushed themselves well above their limits.
Now it’s over to the township of Medini, Johor, which will for a second straight year host the Sunway Iskandar Viper Challenge where an array of new obstacles have been added in an effort to challenge the physical and mental fitness of the competitors.
After kicking off the 2017 edition in Singapore, Sunway Iskandar Viper Challenge@Medini promises to be an exciting and unforgettable experience for fitness freaks as they build momentum heading to three more series which will take place in various parts of Malaysia in the coming months.
Unlike maneuvering in the dark at Penang’s Batu Kawan Stadium, those competing in the Johor series must be up at sunrise as the first flag-off will be as early as 7am.
With over 9,000 tickets sold and almost 2,400 participants from Singapore, the 700 acres of the Sunway Iskandar property is an ideal location for competitors to run, jump, climb, crawl and slide towards the finish line.
“This is the second time Sunway is hosting the Viper Challenge. As a Master Community Developer, our focus is not only in building a township but also creating a healthy lifestyle for our community. The Sunway Iskandar Viper Challenge is also in line with our commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development,” said Gerard Soosay, Chief Executive Officer of Sunway Iskandar.
This Viper Challenge series at Sunway Iskandar will cover a distance of 15km and have 18 obstacles, three more than the Batu Kawan series which comprised 15 obstacles and covered a distance of 7km. As witnessed in the previous series, the importance of teamwork will again take center stage as teams must work together to overcome all the obstacles and ensure no one is left behind and complete the course to earn a medal and t-shirt.
The Viper Challenge has grown immensely popular and now boasts well over 120,000 enthusiasts who have competed in events both locally and internationally. It is well supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency which comes under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (MoTAC).
“To satisfy the mental challenge and physical test participants crave for, we have come up with even bigger and badder obstacles compared to the previous year,” said Selva Kumar, CEO of Original Bootcamp Sdn Bhd and also the brains behind the Viper Challenge.
“The emphasis of this event in Johor will be on pushing the boundaries of not only the physical events but also the landscape of health and fitness of each participant,” he added.
Viper Challenge events have multiple formats which cater to the masses as well as an elite few. Competitors are required to complete any three of the five events – entry-level (Singapore, Penang and Johor) or mid-level events (Genting Highlands, Shah Alam) before making their way to the final event, the Great Eastern Viper Challenge.
For all hardcore obstacle course enthusiasts, completing three series and the big finale is vital to obtain the necessary pieces and complete the Series Finisher medal.
For those who miss out on the action at Medini, they can still make their way to the next Viper Challenge series as it shifts to Genting Highland on July 15, 2017 before keeping a Sept 9, 2017 date at the majestic Shah Alam Stadium.
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