12 April 2014 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

The Warrior Race

The Warrior Race is not for the faint-hearted – it is an obstacle race for adventure junkies wanting to put their bodies to the test.

Photo courtesy of Jacques Roets

Most people who compete in a Warrior Race will tell you that it is a fantastic challenge for those wanting to test their bodies and satisfy their desire for adventure.

The Warrior Race consists of four different categories, all of which involve mud, sweat, challenging obstacles, adventure and fun. The races take place at various venues across South Africa, so you can easily include one in your travel itinerary.

Photo courtesy of Jacques Roets

The Warrior Bratz races are for children aged four to 13 years (those aged four to eight need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Parents are also allowed on the race course for moral support and to take photographs. The course ranges from 0.5km to 1km in length, with seven child-friendly obstacles.

Photo courtesy of Jacques Roets

The Warrior Rookie race is the first of three races adults can choose from. As the name suggests, it is for those who wish to enjoy the fun and adventure of a challenging obstacle race, but are not serious athletes. Of course, serious athletes are still welcome to enjoy this race too.

The minimum age for the Warrior Rookie race is 10 years (kids under 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). The difficulty ranges from easy to moderate, and the obstacles are not all compulsory – if there is an obstacle you do not want to do, you can rather opt for the punishment exercise of burpees (a strength/aerobic exercise).

Photo courtesy of Jacques Roets

The Warrior Commando race is rated between the Rookie and the Black-Ops races – in this race, you do 95% of the obstacles in the Rookie race and 30% of the obstacles in the Black-Ops race.

The minimum age for the Warrior Commando race is 16 years, and the distances range between from 10km to 12km (depending on the venue). As with the Warrior Rookie race, if there are obstacles you would rather not do, you can skip them and do the punishment exercise (burpees) instead.

Photo courtesy of Jacques Roets

If you want to 'put your fitness to the ultimate test and [if you want] to experience supreme obstacle racing', then the Warrior Black-Ops race is for you. The difficulty level, as expected, is extreme, and you need to be 19 years or older to compete. The Warrior Black-Ops race ranges from 16km to 21km, depending on the venue. There race consists of 30 'exhilarating and sometimes brutal obstacles'.

Photo courtesy of Jacques Roets

Some Warrior Race participants enter as teams, and others enter as individuals, while there are marshals along the course to assist should you need it. While the Warrior Races can get quite challenging, you are guaranteed lots of fun, adventure, mud and, of course, obstacles.

Photo courtesy of Jacques Roets

So, if you are an adrenalin junkie looking for an adventure that will have you running, climbing, swimming, jumping, climbing ropes, swimming through mud, crawling under barbed wire or carrying sandbags, try your hand at one of the Warrior Races. Be sure to take lots of photos and share them with our Love South Africa Flickr group, and you may just see them in one of our blogs.

Category: Adventure

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