They came, they saw, they conquered

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  • Thursday, 20 Jul 2017

Koh (right) with Great Eastern staff and agents as he flags off participants.

THE second half of the Viper Challenge series in Malaysia, widely acknowledged as Asia’s biggest obstacle course running event, continued its momentum from where it left off two months ago in Medini, Johor at Genting Highlands.

The event, dubbed the Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain, saw 10,000 participants battling hilly terrain, winding roads and some new obstacles. 

The cool climate at The Ranch in Awana, Genting Highlands was a welcome change for all participants after the energy-sapping heat of the previous stops. 

The Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain, the first of the mid-level Viper Challenge event, saw Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Koh Yaw Hui flagging off about 300 staff members and agents of Great Eastern.

The Great Eastern Viper Challenge 2017 Series was presented by Great Eastern Life as part of their “Live Great Programme”, the first integrated health and wellness programme by an insurance company in the region.

The Viper Challenge provided an unforgettable and unique experience for all participants.
The Viper Challenge provided an unforgettable and unique experience for all participants.

It comprised five components including wellness tools, health tips, mobile applications, workshops and events.

“This is our third time here in Genting and the demand has been increasing as Viper Challenge provides an unforgettable experience.

“It also serves as an escape route for those caught up in a fast-paced lifestyle and assures participants a unique experience,” said Viper Challenge head of operations Simran Latif.

Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), and an agency under the Tourism and Culture Ministry, had pledged its continuous support of the Viper Challenge.

Since the first edition in 2013, more events had been introduced every year with the brand currently boasting well over 120,000 enthusiasts who competed in events on the local front and internationally.

Mohammad Hanif, an advertising and multimedia designer who worked in Genting Highlands, was thrilled with his exceptional experience after crossing the finish line to earn his medal and finisher T-shirt.

“I am extremely proud of myself for having completed this obstacle course running event as it was my first time.

The ‘Wheel of Fortune‘ obstacle made its debut during the Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain event.
The ‘Wheel of Fortune‘ obstacle made its debut during the Great Eastern Genting King of the Mountain event.

“There were times during the event when I thought of quitting, but thankfully my group of friends helped me all the way to the finish line,” said the ecstatic Kelantan-born Hanif.

Alyssa Francis, a 21-year-old student with University Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar), spoke very highly of how the Viper Challenge helped overcome barriers.

“This Viper Challenge event has really pushed me to limits which I never thought I could reach, physically and mentally.

“I experienced muscle cramp on my right leg and because of my fear of heights, was terrified as we were going higher up the mountain.

“Thankfully, I made it to the finish line,” said a visibly relieved Alyssa, who was pursuing a degree in psychology.

Viper Challenge’s multiple formats, which cater to the masses and an elite few, required participants to complete any three of the five events – Singapore, Penang and Johor (entry-level), Genting Highlands, Shah Alam (mid-level) and the final event, the Great Eastern Viper Challenge.

The next Great Eastern Viper Challenge event will be held at the Shah Alam Stadium on September 9, where the participants will aim to complete their Series Finisher Medal with the grand finale taking place at Cyberjaya in December.

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