Van Huyssteen gunning for gold at IMPI Elite Gauteng

Carla Van Huyssteen in action at the IMPI Elite Gauteng#1 earlier this year.  PHOTO CREDIT:  Erik Vermeulen / Adventure Photos

Carla Van Huyssteen in action at the IMPI Elite Gauteng#1 earlier this year. PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Vermeulen / Adventure Photos

Reigning IMPI Elite Gauteng Champion Carla Van Huyssteen (Pietermaritzburg) will be hoping for a hat-trick victory when she defends her title at the picturesque Van Gaalens Cheese Farm(Hartebeespoort / North West Province) on Saturday, 27 September 2014.

A triathlete by profession, Van Huyssteen finds that she hasn’t had to adapt her training schedule too much when training for the IMPI Challenge.  “I have just included more upper body weight training,” says Van Huyssteen.  “My triathlon training usually includes two sessions (swim/bike/run).  At this stage most of my strength work includes kettle bells and rock climbing with my husband.  For the IMPI Elite Race I include running, pull ups and push ups.  If you can’t pull yourself over a bar or wall you are going to struggle”.

“The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the sport is,” continues Van Huyssteen.  “If competing as part of a team, choose someone that has the same fitness level or be prepared to be very patient.  As important as diet is in life, so too is it when training for an IMPI Race.  Eating is essential to get your body strong and luckily in obstacle racing the strong look is more popular than the really skinny look.  All I can say is that I am a Tim Noakes fan.  As for equipment, I recommend the Inov-8 range.  It is a really good pair of running shoes with grip”.

Combining trail running with an adventure style obstacle course, the IMPI Challenge is a spectator friendly event that is ideal for the entire family!

EVENT INFORMATION:  IMPI Challenge Gauteng #2

Date:                Saturday, 27 September 2014      

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

Categories:     IMPI Challenge, IMPI Dash, IMPI Elite and IMPI Mini

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).

There are four structures to choose from when entering the IMPI Challenge:

  • IMPI Challenge:  10 – 12km with18 obstacles (age 18+ years); R400 per entry
  • IMPI Dash:  5 – 7km with 12 obstacles (ages 10+, all adults welcome). R300 per entry
  • IMPI Mini:  1km with smaller supervised obstacles (ages 6 – 10 years).  R80 per entry for unlimited circuits of the course.
  • IMPI Elite:  15 – 20km with 25 tough obstacles (age 18+ years); timed event with prize money; R550 per entry.

The race categories cater for a variety of athletes, from elite sportspersons, competent and beginner runners and families looking for a fun experience.  Participants can enter individually or as part of a team (teams vary in size from 2 – 10 people, although team members start together, they do not need to finish together).

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