Expect a festival of fun at the IMPI Challenge this Spring

Edward Lambert in action at the IMPI Elite Race earlier this year.  PHOTO CREDIT:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Edward Lambert in action at the IMPI Elite Race earlier this year. PHOTO CREDIT: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Shake off the winter cobwebs by conquering your fears at the action-packed IMPI Challenge.  Taking place at Van Gaalens Cheese Farm (Hartebeespoort / North West Province) on Saturday, 27 September 2014 and at Lievland Wine Estate and Wiesenhof Legacy Park (Stellenbosch) on Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 October 2014, the IMPI Challenge is a fun way to celebrate the splendour of spring.

Well known South African trail runner, Edward Lambert has completed his fair share of IMPI Elite Races.   “Endurance is essential when planning to take on the IMPI Elite Race,” says Lambert.  “Focus on endurance first and then speed.  IMPI is an off road event, therefore you need to train on the trails.  Also include hill work.  I recommend training interval repeats of 800m or 1km.  Work on running fastbetween the obstacles and recovering when completing the obstacles”.

“In addition to training, equipment and diet are also very important,” continues Lambert.  “For the IMPI Elite Race I would invest in a light minimalist trail shoe that has very good grip and allows water to drain quickly.  A number of the obstacles are wet and muddy and incorporate a lot of climbing.  I recommend not using gloves as they lose their grip when wet and covered in mud.  Rather toughen up your hands by training on rope obstacles.  My motto is ‘athletes eat and train, they don’t diet and exercise’.  My training is all about performance.  I eat to ensure that I have the energy for my training.  Lastly remember, the toughest obstacles are at the end of the race.  I suggest a steady start.  Conserve your energy for the end when the IMPI Elite Race is the most challenging and exciting”.

If you find the IMPI Elite race to be too daunting, there are four additional categories to choose from when entering:

  • IMPI Challenge:  10 – 12km with18 obstacles (age 18+ years)
  • IMPI Dash:  5 – 7km with 12 obstacles (ages 10+, all adults welcome)
  • IMPI Mini:  1km with smaller supervised obstacles (ages 6 – 10 years).  Unlimited circuits of the course.
  • IMPI Corporate:  10 – 12km, with 18 obstacles.

Enter individually or as part of a team (teams vary in size from 2 – 25 people, although team members start together, they do not need to finish together).



                   Date:                Saturday, 27 September 2014      

                   Venue:             Van Gaalens Cheese Farm (Hartebeespoort / North West Province)          

                   Start:                 from 08:00 onwards

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                   Date:                Saturday, 18 October 2014 and/or Sunday, 19 October 2014

                   Venue:             Lievland Wine Estate and Wiesenhof Legacy Park (Stellenbosch)

                   Start:                 from 08:00 onwards

Best Dressed:  One of the many highlights of the IMPI Challenge, IMPIs are encouraged to let creativity reign.  The best dressed individual and/or team stand the chance to win awesome prizes compliments of our sponsors.

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For more information on the IMPI Challenge contact 076 772 3735, email info@impichallenge.co.za or visit www.impichallenge.co.za