Bans, D’Oliveira make light work of Fedhealth IMPI Challenge #4 Elite Race Obstacles

Anele Bans in action during the Fedhealth IMPI Challenge #4 Elite Race.  Photo Credit:  Mark Sampson

Anele Bans in action during the Fedhealth IMPI Challenge #4 Elite Race. Photo Credit: Mark Sampson

Anele Bans (Parklands, Cape Town) and Dominique D’Oliveira (Bellville, Cape Town) were on top form during the much anticipated Fedhealth IMPI Challenge #4 Elite Race at the scenic Wiesenhof Wildlife Park (Stellenbosch) on Saturday, 17 November 2018.


“I had a bit of an injury coming into the race,” says Bans. “I just told myself that I’m always a racer, I’m always a guy who competes no matter what comes in my way.  I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge, it is called the IMPI Challenge.  I normally dominate the concrete/cinder block area, but today it was hard for me.  I just kept up with the top three guys until we dropped the blocks.  Two guys were ahead of me and I had to push knowing that the grip obstacles were next where I’d takeover.  Luckily it happened that way.  The carrying obstacles were definitely the toughest part of the race. It’s always amazing to come first in the Elite competition.  It’s something that we work really hard for.” 


Bans completed the Fedhealth IMPI #4 Elite Race in an impressive time of 01 hour 54 minutes 17 seconds.  Jan de Beer came in second, while Tom Liebenberg finished third.


According to D’Oliveira, the Fedhealth IMPI #4 Elite Race featured a beautiful course.  “It was super hilly and the 4km brick carry was just insane.  Pieter du Plessis (IMPI Challenge Race Director) is just crazy in his head.  We had some heavy bag carries, a couple of them and then some more carries.  For me the really fun part was right at the end with all the hanging obstacles and the nets.  It was a fun race, I really enjoyed it.  I paced myself and had fun along the way chatting to people.  The vibe was awesome.  My first obstacle course race was an IMPI Challenge in 2012 or 2013. I remember watching the elites, wandering if I could do that.  To come back especially on the 10thanniversary of the Fedhealth IMPI Challenge and win is really special.  Looking back at how far I have come is pretty awesome.  I feel really blessed. “


D’Oliveira completed the Fedhealth IMPI #4 Elite Race in a deserving time of 02 hours 19 minutes 07 seconds.  Elma Kemp came in second, while Cathy Weedall finished third.


Celebrating its 10thanniversary on the day, adventure seekers of all ages got to join in on the fun at the 2018 Fedhealth IMPI Challenge season finale.  A trail run with a twist, the Fedhealth IMPI Challenge is known for its beautiful trails and challenging (but fun) obstacles (natural and manmade).  Categories that could be entered included:  IMPI Elite, IMPI Corporate, IMPI Challenge, IMPI Dash and IMPI Mini.


CHARITY SUPPORT: When entering online Fedhealth IMPI Challenge Warriors could choose to either support one or all five event charities:  CANSA Active, Prochorus Community Development Centre, the Woodside Special Care Centre, Cape of Good Hope SPCA and/or NSRI.


Each finisher (individual and/or team) received an official Fedhealth IMPI Challenge finisher photograph.


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