Adventure challenge for the whole family

2016-10-18 06:00
Waterra Obstacle Course brings outdoor fun for the whole family. Photo: supplied

Waterra Obstacle Course brings outdoor fun for the whole family. Photo: supplied

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ADVENTURE, outdoors, health, fitness and family are very difficult to fit into the same sentence when considering weekend activities for everyone. Now a wonderful solution, right here on the doorstep in Botha’s Hill, has been opened up by Jason Pachon and Bryan Peek at Infinite Adventures. They have created an Obstacle Course Race, called Waterra, with options for all ages and levels of fitness, to be held on the 22 October.

It will be a significant challenge for those who want to take on the 12km event, but there is an option of doing it in a team of up to eight members, making it feasible for a group to have a fun, but muddy, day out. If that is too far then the 6km event, with less technical obstacles, is an option, which can also be tackled as a team event. The kids are catered for with a safe and yet do-able route for them to experience the obstacles, more in line with their normal daily play activities.

The course and route has been a labour of love for the past 18 months for Pachon and Peek who have invested significant time, energy and resources into producing a course which is both challenging and yet safe. Pachon commented: “All obstacles are engineer certified, ratified and fault free and only materials of the highest grade being used.”

With the area itself not suitable for housing, due to the steep gradients, the team came up with a brilliant solution to combine the wonderful African landscape with obstacles to create an event that uses both man-made and natural obstacles. At the pilot, test event this past weekend, the participants were raving about the extreme beauty of the area, the obstacles themselves and the proximity of the venue to Durban. Added to these benefits are the availability of a Kids play area and an in-house “Adventure Café” to provide the mandatory coffee or refreshment after an exciting adventure.

Peek was happy with the outcome of the test event and said: “We are thrilled to hear the response from the athletes. When we work on the route for so long, we are not too sure if it’s just right for the athletes, but everything we have heard is positive, and we are thrilled.” The growth in their social media platforms and rush of entries has been testament to this positivity spreading about the event.

The first race is on 22 October, with online entries open to all, from an Inter-School team challenge, to Individual athletes in the “Hero for a Day” event which covers the full 12km. Many local fitness gyms and training groups are grabbing the opportunity to be there and encouraging their members to sign up for the team event to test their training methods. All corporates are welcome to enter a team to assist in developing team spirit and that sense of working together to achieve the task at hand.

With the combination of venue, logistics, safety and convenience this looks set to be a winner for all who participate and get involved. Be sure to be part of the first one as the waiting list will fill up quickly once the word gets out. Experience the thrill of the adventure in completing this challenge for yourself and be part of it.

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