Seen here: Dominique D’Oliveira in action during the IMPI Elite Women’s Race. Photo Credit: Chris Hitchcock
Dominique D’Oliveira set the course ablaze in the IMPI Elite Race that took place at the Wiesenhof Wildlife Park (Stellenbosch) on Sunday, 19 November 2017.
The only female competitor to successfully complete all 26 obstacles, Dominique D’Oliveira claimed gold in the women’s elite race. Her finishing time of 02 hours 24 minutes 10 seconds also secured her an impressive overall 6th place on the day.
According to D’Oliveira the IMPI Elite Race was great. “IMPI is known for its beautiful scenery. The Elite Race featured a nice balance between easy and challenging obstacles. There were definitely more challenging obstacles compared to previous events making it tougher than usual. This plays in my favour. I think the entrants realised that they would need to train harder next time round. I really enjoyed the race. It was a hard run with challenging obstacles.”
“Finishing 6th overall, with only five male competitors ahead of me is really good for the ego, but the IMPI Challenge isn’t about that,” continues D’Oliveira. “IMPI is not only about the elites. We all train hard and have our own individual goals. Whether competing individually or as part of a team, the end goal should always be to have fun irrespective of where you place. IMPI is definitely on the cards for 2018.”
There are five categories to choose from when entering the IMPI Challenge:
1. IMPI Challenge: 10 km with 18 obstacles (age 18+ years)
2. IMPI Dash: 5 km with 11 obstacles (ages 10+, all adults welcome)
3. IMPI Mini: 1km with 8 smaller supervised obstacles (ages 6 – 10 years)
4. IMPI Elite: 17 – 20km with 26 tough obstacles (age 18+ years); timed event with prize money
5. IMPI Corporate: the 10km Challenge distance with extra benefits (age 16+ years)
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