500 participants test their limits during beach obstacle race

Ferringhi Beach Challengeparticipants tackling the bear crawl.— Photos:CHARLES MARIASOOSAY/ The Star

RUNNING 6km on the beach plus completing 21 obstacles along the way can be gruelling but businessman Ace Tee Aik Chuan, 23, pulled it off with seeming ease.

Tee crossed the finish line first to win the men’s elite category of the Ferringhi Beach Challenge in Penang.

“This is my first time taking part in a beach obstacle course race and it was tough.

“The toughest challenge was jumping over an eight-feet tall wall with only one chance given.

“I am glad I managed to pull through,” he said after the challenge involving 500 participants at the Batu Ferringhi beach on Sunday.

A participant trying to drag a heavy weight to the finish line.
A participant trying to drag a heavy weight to the finish line.

Tee said he went running and hiking to prepare himself for the challenge, which required participants to complete 21 tasks such as bear crawl, rope climbing, sandbag carrying, marine push-up and memory test.

Teacher Debbie Chinn, 50, was over the moon after winning the women’s elite category.

“I used to do a lot of running and last year, I learned different fitness routines.

“It was challenging at first but I feel better and physically well-rounded now,” said Chinn, who hails from United States but has been staying in Penang for the past seven years teaching at an international school.

Winners Chinn and Tee posing with their medals.
Winners Chinn and Tee posing with their medals.

She said the toughest task was the one which required her to flip a tractor tyre weighing between 48kg and 50kg.

“I was also happy to have completed the monkey bars, which had been my Achilles heel all this while,” she said.

Organised by Warrior Fitness and Adventure, the event was meant to test the participants’ agility, cardiovascular fitness, strength, endurance and memory power.

Warrior Fitness and Adventure managing director Conor McManus said they hoped to turn the beach obstacle race into an annual affair.

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