Playing outdoors and running around barefooted at a tender age of four were common activities during my childhood days. It was not long after that an innate passion for running birthed within me. This passion for running burst forth a new discipline and focus at the age of six. I remember being trained towards the goal of being an athlete. The rest is history as they say. Discipline, focus and consistency are key values I hold on till today. Being an ex-athlete propels me to greater challenge in extreme sports like obstacle races. Four years into it and I am more passionate than ever to carry on this adrenaline pumping sport! Beyond discipline and focusas an ex-athlete, I love things that challenge me – the toughness and competitiveness of the race take me to a new level of staying fit, strong and being in shape at my age. Some of the obstacle races I have participated in are Spartan, Viper and North Face Challenges. These are not all, more training is being lined up in the coming months! My new mantra - Train up. Be consistent. Stay active. Do more races!
Jay grew up with running in his blood. From the tender age of 12, he would complete typical school runs in MSSPP (Majlis Sukan Sekolah Pulau Pinang) and graduate to long distance runs which were 10km at the time. Despite a setback at age 16 when an accident forced him to stop all physical activity for a time, he persevered to get back into his passions even though road runs and obstacle course races were not popular in Malaysia. In 2014, he joined his first Viper Challenge in Sepang. The 21km OCR challenge was a defining moment in his life as a runner. He powered through the pain of the first 5km in which he asked himself “Why am I paying to get tortured?” and turned into a genuine OCR enthusiast.
Jay has joined just about every OCR available in Malaysia, such as the Viper Challenge, Spartan, and Mad Warrior. His passion has taken him running overseas such as in Singapore for the Spartan and Viper Challenge, Indonesia for the Tough Mudder, and Australia for the Tough Mudder’s Half and Full races. He runs for the satisfaction of completing a race, and to improve himself as well as his finishing times. Although he is an OCR enthusiast, he also competes in road runs and trail runs to occupy himself and stay in shape.
My name is Ivy. I am from Melaka. I started participating in obstacle races since 2015. The first race I joined was Tadom Warrior followed by Viper Challenge in 2016 & 2017 and Spartan Race in 2016 & 2017. I also joined the Amazonian Race in 2017. In the beginning, I was not physically strong and could not complete some of the obstacles. But with the help of my teammates and their encouragement I managed to finish the races. Although I completed the races and got my medals, I still felt upset and disappointed. So, I decided to start training by doing more functional training and weight training. In time, I managed to complete more obstacles that I could not before. I felt stronger and more accomplished. In addition, I gained new friendships, got closer to my teammates, and have a stronger mindset. This is all because I challenged myself to be better. I still continue to train everyday, even harder now, and I watchmy diet too. I hope to do even better in future obstacle races, especially
on the monkey bar obstacles. So, I am really looking forward to Operation Warzone!
Raj, a UK native, firmly believes in facing obstacles head-on – particularly obstacle course races (OCR). The former fitness trainer has always had a passion for strength training and calisthenics, but after a fateful Tough Mudder (an OCR) in Perth with his friends, the new world of running events would open up to him in Malaysia.
“I love OCRs because it combines all the key ingredients of fitness that I really enjoy: strength, speed, stamina and skill,” said Raj. He’s taken part in a wide range of OCRs; besides Tough Mudder and Urbanathlon, he’s also been a facilitator for the Viper Challenge series, which helped kickstart local OCR interest. OCRs may have only just started gaining popularity in Malaysia, but Raj’s passion for them remains high. This comes from his belief that OCRs push people to be better, both physically and mentally. “I have seen people do incredible things during an OCR. Confidence grows when you know you have overcome your fear of heights, or you lugged a bucket full of rocks further than your mind told you, you could.”