Obstacle course proves tough but rewarding

Need to be nimble: One participant sneaking under an obstacle during the challenge at Taman Rekreasi Kuari, Penang Botanic Gardens.

THEY had to climb over a pile of tyres, climb a rope, dive into ice and mud and crawl on the ground — but it was all for fun.

Some 1,600 participants went through exhilarating challenges during the inaugural Lion Dash obstacle and adventure race at the Penang Botanic Gardens.

The participants pulled no punches in their attempt to clear all the 13 challenges along the 11km route.

“Our main priority is to ensure the safety of the crowd and the participants,” said organiser Tan Kim Chaun.

“Therefore, we set the age limit above 16 and placed our staff at various stations.

“Singaporeans are familiar with Lion Dash and I wanted Penangites to explore different sports which can be fun and memorable,” he said.

A group of 15 called Eurostars from the Prince of Wales Island International School completed all the tasks in about two hours.

Elizabeth Pentland, 31, said they enjoyed the chill of the ice pit after all the running, hiking and jumping at the previous obstacles.

“We love sports and we decided to participate together since we are all working at the same school,” she said on Sunday.

Manager M. Kalidas, 50, also took part with his five cyclist friends.

“I found the stair-climbing obstacle difficult as it was taxing on my knees,” he said.

Edny Dia Re, 31, from Kuala Lumpur, gave the thumbs up.

“I suggest that more water stations be set up next year,” she said.

Participants who completed all the tasks received a medal.

Tan said RM5,000 would be donated to the Asia Community Service which cares for mentally challenged individuals.

“We received positive feedback and we’re considering making it more challenging next year.”

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