15 August 2016, PRETORIA – This weekend, get to Pretoria East for Round 5 of South Africa’s biggest obstacle course race, the Jeep Warrior Series, which is taking place at the historic Hazeldean Valley Farm in Pretoria East from 20-21st August 2016.
This will be the first year that the historic Pretoria East Farm is hosting a Jeep Warrior OCR. Hazeldean Valley was once the home of South Africa’s biggest Ayrshire herd and today, the old farm buildings – dating back to the 1940s – provide the perfect farmyard atmosphere to host the spectator-friendly Jeep Warrior Race on the banks of the Pienaars River, East of Pretoria with bushveld scenery ideal for the gruelling challenge.
Says Jonathan Hart, Advendurance event organiser and Jeep Warrior Series Course Designer, “Warriors taking part in Race 5 in Pretoria East this weekend will be able to enjoy the start of the summer season. The team has been working flat out over the last few weeks to build an exhilarating course, which will be unveiled to athletes on race day. Hazeldean Valley is an inspiring venue for spectators and athletes, offering a farmyard atmosphere on the doorstep of the city. There’s lots of bushveld and the historic venue is on the banks of the Pienaars River, offering a diverse obstacle course for competitors. Bring on the weekend!”
Participants can look forward to a day of climbing, crawling, hanging and jumping as they attempt to tackle some of the course favourites, designed to challenge the Black Ops athletes. Competition in the pro-level Black Ops Elite race is fierce heading into Race 5. Black Ops Elite presents the toughest of courses, set over 15 – 20 km with 30 obstacles, and matching world OCR standards.
Currently, Jeep Team’s Thomas van Tonder tops the men’s Black Ops Elite Leaderboard, with 14 873 points, after winning Race 1, placing 2nd in Race 2, finishing 5th in Race 3 and 1st in race 4. With 13 844 points, Michael Joubert is 2nd Male, followed by Greg Avierinos with 13 714 points.
Says Van Tonder, “Looking forward to a packed elite field this weekend with a whole lot of glory and the keys to the Renegade back up for grabs. I am looking to put in a strong showing on Sunday in order to keep my lead on the Warrior series standings, and build up the conference for OCR World Championship 9 weeks from now. I am expecting a flat and very high intensity race and an exciting new venue.”
In the Women’s Black Ops Elite standings, Trish Bahlmann heads the leaderboard with 13 651 points. Bahlmann won Race 1, finished 3rd in Race 2, placed 4th in Race 3 and 2nd in Race4. With 12 220 points, Dominique D’Oliveira is 2nd overall, followed by Hanneke Dannhauser in 3rd with 12 000 points. Jeep Team’s Carina Marx is in 4th with 9 958 points.
An alternative to the Black Ops course is Warrior Commando, covering 10 – 14km with 15 obstacles. This course is the ideal team-building experience for couples, friends and work colleagues.
Warrior Rookie is the perfect introduction to OCR, offering 15 fun obstacles over 5-8 km.
Not only will you be coming to the greatest, coolest race in Africa, but you will also be able to get up close and personal with the latest and greatest from the best vehicle brand on the planet, Jeep.
Join the Jeep Team at the exhibition area to see, feel and experience Freedom.
Reebok, the official series’ partner, are international pioneers of professional OCR gear, having designed the world’s first OCR specific shoes – the All-Terrain Series.
The new official Jeep Warrior gear will be on sale at Hazeldean Valley, as well as online and in store.
There’s still time to enter Jeep Warrior Hazeldean. To do so, head online to www.warrior.co.za.
To keep up with the action, like Jeep Warrior’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/thewarriorrace – or follow the event on Twitter – https://twitter.com/thewarriorrace.
Use the hashtag #BeBrave to join the Jeep Warrior social media conversation.
Jeep Warrior Series Race 5 Hazeldean details:
Venue: The Cowhouse Market, Ridge Rd & Oukraal Boulevard, Hazeldean, Pretoria, 7530
Date: 20-21 August 2016
GPS Coordinates: 25°46’25.8″S 28°24’00.4″E
Cash Facilities: No. Please bring cash along with you.
Parking: 3000 cars
Entries: Enter online at www.warrior.co.za
Late Entries: Late entries will only be available for Sunday on the day.
Spectator entry fee: R30 (kids under 10 years of age don’t pay an entrance fee)
Race Day Registration: Register at least 1.5 hrs before the start of your batch.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF OCR
Today’s obstacle course racing has evolved from military-style bootcamp training courses that were used to prepare recruits for combat. One of the world’s oldest competitive OCR events is the notorious Tough Guy Challenge, which takes place every year in Staffordshire, England. Started in 1987, the race claims to be “the world’s most demanding one-day survival ordeal”.
Held in in the middle of the British winter, Tough Guy’s 15km course is designed to resemble a World War One battleground, with 25 obstacles featuring steep hill climbs and cliffs, freezing water pools and muddy ditches, fire pits, rope bridges, nets and barbed wire fences.
In 2010, OCR truly became an accessible sport to everyone, not just the super fit. This was in part due to the launch of the Spartan and Tough Mudder obstacle races in the USA that catered to a range of fitness abilities. Both races soon gained mass support and sponsorship, with over a million Americans registering for and participating in OCR in 2011.
In 2014, the first OCR World Championships took place in Ohio USA. It was won by the UK’s Jonathan Albon, who went on to successfully defend his crown in 2015.
ABOUT THE JEEP WARRIOR SERIES
The Jeep Warrior Race is South Africa’s oldest and largest obstacle course race that spans eight events across four provinces.
The series burst onto the scene in 2013 and immediately spearheaded the meteoric rise of obstacle racing in South Africa. It quickly grew to up to 9000 participants per event and remains at the forefront of the growth spurt in the new sport of obstacle racing with its larger than life obstacles and innovative courses to challenge South Africans.
What makes Jeep Warrior Race so popular, is that anyone can participate – all you need is a pair of old running shoes and a great sense for adventure.
To find out more, go to the Jeep Warrior website – www.warrior.co.za. To keep up with the action, like Jeep Warrior’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/thewarriorrace – or follow the event on Twitter – https://twitter.com/thewarriorrace.
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