THE organiser of the Malaysia Inflatable Challenge has added three more sessions for contestants to ‘outdo themselves’ in the competition category.
This is in view of the overwhel-ming response to the category, which will be held on Wednesday.
Those interested to climb, crawl, hop and balance their way through 15 obstacles along the 151m-long trail, can challenge themselves on National Day at 11am, 5pm and 7pm.
The challenge held at the Karpal Singh Drive Food Court and Market in Penang is recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records as the ‘Longest Inflatable Used in an Obstacle Challenge’.
Crew member Johnny Ang said 50 male and 30 female contestants recording the fastest time in the challenge would proceed to the finals, to be held at the end of the year.
“Those who qualify for the grand finals in Kuala Lumpur will be notified on Sunday,” he said when met at the site recently.
Ang said the top three winners in both the men’s and women’s categories would receive medals and mountain bikes as prizes.
He said the registration fee for the competition category is RM40 with a minimum age of 13, and RM30 for those keen on a re-challenge.
“The prizes for the grand finals are four motorbikes, iPhones and other gifts worth more than RM100,000,” he said.
Ang added there was also a fun category with no age limit. It is priced at RM30 per person.
He said the fun category would be available on weekdays from 4pm to 9pm, while on public holidays and weekends, it is held from 9am to 9pm.
Some 30 Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (Young Entrepreneur section) committee members and their invited guests also took part in the challenge last Saturday.
They were seen huffing and puffing along the trail, before breaking into smiles upon completing the course within minutes.
Their chairman-cum-director Leon Lee said the inflatable challenge is suitable for the young and old.
“Just go in and have fun. Be daring and challenge yourself!” he said.
The section’s committee members Ooi Kean Lee and Melvin Lim, who co-organised the session, said the challenge was not as easy as they had thought.
Ooi said: “It looked easy but it was very tough.
“Taking part in the challenge is good for team building and streng-thening camaraderie.
“It is both physically and mentally challenging. Some obstacles require patience before we can actually pass through.”