Wanted: Bloem’s Ultimate Soldier

The Ultimate Soldier Obstacle Race will test endurance, speed and strength. PHOTO: Werner Frylinck from WFPixs

Are you the “ultimate soldier” who would be able to endure any obstacle or condition on your path to victory?

Then look no further than the Ultimate Soldier Obstacle Course Race, powered by Kloppers.
With a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 8 gruelling hours, this race is not for the faint hearted. The Ultimate Soldier is a first of its kind in South Africa and offers both dry and wet obstacles.

The Sunset River Resort in Bloemfontein will become the battlefield on 25 May 2019, from 09:00 to 17:00, when athletes of the City of Roses and the rest of the country will be showing their mettle in three categories, namely Sergeant (8 hours), Corporal (4 hours) and Private (2 hours). Athletes can enter as individuals or in teams of up to 5.

According to George Stroebel, organiser of the Ultimate Soldier, although tough, the obstacle race caters for all levels of fitness. “People from all walks of life are free to enter. The race caters for everybody and not only the strong. For those who just want to have fun, there is the 2-hour race, and for the more serious participants, there is the 4- and 8-hour race.

“And even if you are in the more competitive categories, you have the option of penalty obstacles if you are struggling with a difficult obstacle. A penalty obstacle is an easier obstacle that will take you a little longer to complete,” says Stroebel.

A woman’s team having the time of their life during a previous obstacle race. PHOTO: ETIENNE CALITZ

To enter in the Sergeant Category costs R600 for and individual and R2200 for a team; the Corporal Category costs R400 per person and R1600 per team, and for the Private Category only individual entries at R250 are accepted. Part of the proceeds will be donated to A21, a global organisation that campaigns against slavery.

Stroebel says the team entries will be approached in the same way one would approach relays.
“The only difference is that the first lap will be run by all team members so that they will be able to get a good idea of what the obstacles look like and then decide on a strategy. Thereafter, only two members per team will be allowed on the course.

“The team or solo contestant who finishes the most laps in the available time will be crowned the winner in that particular category. Very attractive cash prizes are up for grabs in the Sergeant Category. In the Corporal and Private Categories the contestants will be awarded with medals and trophies.”

For race details go to www.specialopsocr.co.za and to enter go to www.onlineentry.co.za. – Pieter Delport