Putting outdoor skills to the test

Scaling The Spider’s Web is one of the 10 obstacle challenges in the BDB Extreme Jitra 2016 at Tasik Darulaman in Jitra, Kedah. (Below) Participants going through the Tyre Steps obstacle at the event.

SOME 500 people ran a 7 km obstacle course during the inaugural BDB Extreme Jitra 2016 in Tasik Darulaman in Jitra, Kedah.

Dubbed as the first obstacle challenge in Kedah, the event pushed the mental and physical limits of the participants in challenges ranging from climbing up walls, crawling through mud and swinging across obstacles.

Participant Hisham Noh, 27, from Kuala Lumpur commended the event’s routes and obstacles and dubbed it the best obstacle race he had ever taken part in.

“The obstacle course was challenging and I had fun testing my mental and fitness level,” said Noh, who had participated in similar events all over Asia.

Hailing from Penang was Josephine Lau, 32, who said the BDB Extreme Jitra gave her and her friends the opportunity to explore what Kedah has to offer.

“This has been a great ‘run-cation’ for us as we took this road trip from Penang to Jitra.

“I am glad that this race was held in Kedah as a lot of great races were held in places too far for us,” she said.

Flagging off the participants was Bina Darulaman Bhd (BDB) group managing director Datuk Izham Yusoff who said the race was the second of a three-part series of events under the BDB Triple Challenge 2016.

“The Triple Challenge is aimed at bringing in local and international fitness enthusiasts to experience the lush attractions that Kedah has to offer.

“The BDB Langkawi Climb And Run held on June 4 gave participants a chance to explore a different side of Langkawi.

“The BDB Extreme Jitra and the BDB Marathon Jitra on the other hand, will see participants running, climbing, and going through obstacles in the heart of Kedah,” he said in a press statement.

Izham added that the upcoming BDB Marathon Jitra on Nov 12 is expected to attract more than 1,000 runners from all over the country.

The event will be divided into four categories — 42km, 21km, 10km and 5km.

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