Clean Sweep for Eksteen and Bahlmann at IMPI Elite Cape Town

Claude Eksteen in action at the IMPI Elite Race Cape Town #1 at the picturesque Lievland Wine Estate and Wiesenhof Legacy Park in Stellenbosch on Sunday, 12 April 2015. PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Sampson|THRIBE

Reigning IMPI Elite Race Gauteng #1 champions Claude Eksteen and Trish Bahlmann continued their winning streak at the picturesque Lievland Wine Estate and Wiesenhof Legacy Park in Stellenbosch on Sunday, 12 April 2015 at the IMPI Elite Race Cape Town #1.

Eksteen celebrated his sixth IMPI Elite Race victory on the day.  “That makes it six out of six,” said an elated Eksteen.  “Top trail runner AJ Calitz pushed me from the word go.  He was always twenty seconds behind me.  I just could not shake him.  He caught me close to the finish at the concrete block obstacle and then passed me on the run that followed.  It was at the second Rawson Wall that I managed to catch him again.  He missed his first jump, while I made it over on my first jump.  We were literally on the finish, my legs were gone, but I knew I had to give one last push.   I’ve never pushed so hard in an IMPI Elite Race.  The competition definitely made it more exciting.  Racing against the top guys just gives the win more credibility”.  Eksteen completed the IMPI Elite Race in a lightning fast time of 01 hour 37 minutes 15 seconds.  AJ Calitz came in second, while Chad Gordon finished third.

Toeing the line for only the second time at an IMPI Elite Race, Bahlmann claimed her second victory in a well-deserved time of 02 hours 05 minutes 01 second. “The Cape Town route was definitely tougher than the Gauteng route,” said Bahlmann.  “I battled with the first obstacle and had to make up six places.  Being a trail runner, I worked hard on the run.  Strangely enough the harder obstacles were actually in my favour.  The Cape Town event rocks!  I love the challenge, the enjoyment and the prize money.  I wouldn’t miss this for the world”.  Hanneke Dannhauser came in second, while Dominique D’Oliveira finished third.

Prize money is allocated to the top 5 finishers in the men’s and women’s IMPI Elite Race, granted that the field has a minimum of 50 competitors.

Prize Purse Breakdown:  IMPI Elite Race     

1st R 10 000.00
2nd R 3 000.00
3rd R 2 500.00
4th R 1 500.00
5th R 500.00


“I am very pleased with the turnout this weekend,” says Pieter Du Plessis, IMPI Challenge Director.  “Feedback from the Elite Racers was that the course was well marked and on par with international obstacle course races (OCR).  This made my day”.

The IMPI Challenge’s best dressed competition saw entrants pulling out all the stops.  Competition winners went home with awesome prizes compliments of event sponsors.

NEXT UP:  IMPI Gauteng #2 / Thursday, 24 September 2015

There are five categories to choose from when entering the IMPI Challenge:

Categories: IMPI Challenge:  10 km with 18 obstacles (age 18+ years)
IMPI Dash:  5 km with 12 obstacles (ages 10+, all adults welcome)
IMPI Mini:  1km with smaller supervised obstacles (ages 6 – 10 years)
IMPI Elite:  18- 20km with 25 tough obstacles (age 18+ years); timed event with prize money
IMPI Corporate: the 10km Challenge distance with extra benefits (age 18+ years)


The IMPI Challenge is a spectator friendly event, family and friends are invited to experience exhilarating entertainment and the true IMPI vibe in the Festival Village, while a marked spectator route will ensure a ringside view of the action.

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