IMPI Challenge commits to assisting world champs athletes

The elite force set off, lead by Hanneke Dannhauser (in blue and camo), at the Impi Challenge in Cape Town earlier this year. Photo credit:

South Africa’s oldest obstacle course race, the Impi Challenge powered by Mitsubishi, has once again reaffirmed its commitment to growing this fledgling sport. Impi Challenge will donate 10% of the total entry fees for the upcoming Gauteng leg of the popular series to help fund the South African team competing at Obstacle Course Racing World Champs next month.

This will be the third year the OCR World Championships will take place and the venue is at Blue Mountain, Canada from 14–16 October. This will also be the third year a South African contingent takes part. After promising results from last year, the 2016 team members have their sights set on medals this time.

“The Impi Challenge has always been committed to growing the sport of Obstacle Course Racing from the ground up. Backing our international athletes at the annual world championships is fundamental to that growth,” said Pieter du Plessis the man behind establishment of the Impi Challenge.

Round 4 of the five-round 2016 Impi Challenge Series returns to Gauteng on 15 and 16 October and will take place at the historic Smuts House in Irene.

The Impi Challenge was South Africa’s first OCR event and was designed to be a tough yet fun adventure race, where attendees are encouraged to go beyond their limitations, as individuals or in teams.

Each event is exclusively designed to incorporate each venue’s natural terrain when it comes to obstacles, which may include running up a hill, getting across a river or jumping into a mud pit. All events include a best-dressed competition to encourage the fun element, as well as Schools category where students can battle it out against other schools.

There are five different categories to ensure that all ages and ability levels have an appropriate challenge to conquer. For more information or to enter, visit