One of the interesting events in Obstacle Course Racing is the dreaded Mud Run. A mud run is defined as an event in which participants negotiate a course consisting of various obstacles, many of which are filled or covered with mud.
One of the most famous Mud Runs. Is ‘Tough Mudder’ Australia. The Mud run event is very popular in Australia with several events on the calendar.
Another one is the Warrior Dash.
Mervin Guarte Finally becomes SEA Games Champion
After 7 silver medals at SEA Games from 2011 to 2015. National 1500 Junior and Senior Record Holder. Mervin Guarte finally became a SEA Games Champion. Mervin took the gold medal in the Men’s 5km Obstacle race.
In the process defeating Asian champion Mohd Saddam Mohd Pittli of Malaysia. It was a 1-2 finish for the Philippines with Milky Mae Tajares taking the surprise silver.
After being removed from the PSC Payroll by PATAFA despite being a SEA Games bronze medalist in 2017. Mervin Guarte finally decided to walk away from the sport and try his luck at Obstacle Course Racing. A change that allowed him to finally secure a hard earnt Gold.
Mervin who recently became a father has now netted 200,000 pesos for the gold achievement that will also go well towards his home in Occidental Mindoro.
Overall the Philippines swept 100% of the Gold medals in this events or 6 of 6 events.
EXPERIENCE ALL-NEW AND ORIGINAL FILIPINO OCR SERIES: MAHARLIKA
Feb 15, 2020
ANNOUNCING PRIZE COMPETITION WINNERS
Pinoyathletics ran a prize via Pinoyathletics FB Page and FB Group.
Asking How Many Medals in Total did the Philippines win at the 2019 SEA Games in Obstacle Racing.
However, we had two successful winners. Above all to be rewarded with 2 Beginner/Mandrigima tickets for the Maharlika Warrior Event on March 15, at Fort Santiago.
In addition Congratulations to
- Rey Mark Quezada
- Chie Lo
However for those interested in entering the event check out entries here at www.maharlikawarrior.com
FILIPINO OCR SERIES: MAHARLIKA
Pinoyathletics.info is proud to be affiliated with helping promote the sport of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) in the Philippines. Above all we are partnering with FILIPINO OCR SERIES: MAHARLIKA to help grow the new OCR sport in the Philippines.
In addition, we are very happy to branch out and help out to promote other sports even the ones starting off growing outside athletics. Therefore In this situation, it’s of mutual benefit to both parties in terms of promotion and exposure.
In conclusion, hoping that one day the very useful sport of Obstacle Course Racing has great benefits of the cross into training in other sports. Above all hope one day, OCR becomes part of the Palaro and or Batang Pinoy Programs of the PSC.
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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Inspired by the gallantry of the ancient Filipino warrior, Maharlika is the country’s first and all original Filipino OCR series. In addition to courses derived from local epikos and folklore, the homegrown brand aims to elevate the OCR experience through a narrative that is relatable most especially to Filipinos.
Course One: Bakunawa
Set against the historic backdrop of Intramuros. Maharlika’s first-ever course is inspired by the moon-eating beast, Bakunawa. With 6 kilometers and over 20 obstacles. Spanning from Fort Santiago to Baluarte de San Gabriel. The twists and turns of the race are designed to mimic the body of the dragon-serpent and its legendary story.
“An original Filipino-inspired OCR series. So there was no other choice but Intramuros. It’s a cultural cradle with so much historical weight and part of this new armada of stories is Maharlika,” says Stephen Ku, CEO of WorldWide Womb Asia.
According to Philippine mythology. Bakunawa is believed to be the cause of eclipses, earthquakes, rains, and wind. And served as a geomantic calendar system for ancient Filipinos.
“We wanted to create a parallel story between this creature and the obstacles. Something that will resonate not just to those looking for a new obstacle course race. But also to those who want to relive these folklores from our past.
Longtime OCR fans will also enjoy the challenge as our 6km course is designed by our race director, certified strength and conditioning coach and endurance athlete Gabb Rosario,” adds Stephen.
The Benefits of OCR
Aside from celebrating our roots and the unique Filipino spirit. Part of Maharlika’s objective is to open up an obstacle course race to a wider audience with different fitness levels. This year, the all-new OCR series calls for Mandirigma (Beginner).
Or those new to obstacle course race, Sultan (Age-Gender).Or those who are ready to compete with their own tribe in the same age-group, And Alamat (Elite) or those legendary racers who can easily conquer the course against other experienced racers.
Above all ‘The Mandirigma category’ places all beginner racers together in one cluster. Regardless of age and gender, all working together to conquer the course. In addition ‘The Sultan category’ divides racers by age groups as they compete to finish fast and strong. In addition, Racers who will join the Alamat category will be separated by gender, as they compete to be recognized as the ultimate legendary Maharlika of their kind.
Early bird tickets start at 1800. Regular tickets at 2150 for Mandirigma (Beginner), 2650 for Sultan (Age-Group), and 2750 for Alamat (Elite).
For more details, visit www.maharlikawarrior.com and follow Maharlika Warrior on
Facebook and @themaharlikawarrior on Instagram.
Obstacle Course Racing Philippines In the Eyes of Kick-Ass Obstacle Course Racers
Pasig City—October 14, 2019 – If you’re looking for a high-intensity and fast-paced action that will pump the heart and challenge the mind, then the Obstacle Course Race (OCR) might be the perfect one for you. As a sport, it involves overcoming various physical challenges in the form of obstacles.
It includes hurdles that test strength and coordination, such as carrying heavy objects, climbing up ropes, scaling walls, or navigating monkey bars. The environment also adds challenge to the OCR, as the terrain could be wet, slippery, and muddy with the temperature being hot or freezing.
Nowadays, OCR has already exploded onto the scene with no signs of slowing down, especially with the growing number of athletes joining many races in the country and abroad, happening throughout the year.
The thrill of OCR
For athletes Chloe Jane Ong and Patricia Anne Castillo, OCR is the ultimate activity to test yourself out, both physically and mentally. As a triathlete, Ong shared how she has been hooked to the sport because of its action-packed challenges, which even out the competition for athletes of all types.
“OCR is very challenging, and it has balance; whether you are a lifter or a runner, the playing field is leveled that you are neither ahead nor behind since you have to battle your way throughout the course to the finish line,” she said.
Patricia Castillo, a former member of a dragon boat racing team, on the other hand, considers OCR as the most electrifying sport she has ever participated in as it needs mental and physical endurance.
“I’ve joined different sporting events, and for me, OCR is, indeed, more exciting. It’s not a stagnant sport with only one movement; you are expected to run and then, conquer obstacles. You also don’t know the obstacle you’ll see next so, there is excitement and challenge if you can do it or not. There is the varied cross-training, you gain more friends, and meet a lot of people,” said Castillo.
A sport for everyone
Despite being perceived as a tough race, Ong said that OCR is a sport for everyone. Just like any other physical activity, OCR is beneficial to health since it is a brisk exercise that strengthens the bones, works every muscle, helps brain function, and is good for the heart.
“OCR involves movement throughout the body. It is a vigorous sport that tests your body and mind to its limits. It also motivates and gives you a feeling of accomplishment whenever you overcome the obstacles,” added Ong.
For Castillo, OCR is just like a big playground for adults. “I encourage everyone, especially gym-goers and fitness enthusiasts, to join the open events so they can experience it. The obstacles can be hard, but it is only a matter of a familiarization. Once you get the hang of it, then you’ll get to enjoy the sport.”
Conquering the biggest obstacles
Ong and Castillo recently qualified and competed at the Spartan World Championships, powered by Rakuten, held on September 28-29 in North Lake Tahoe. As the highest and toughest OCR competition, qualified athletes from more than 30 countries were gathered to compete and conquer the obstacle course set in the area.
“With elite athletes competing all over the world, this is our most challenging OCR to date. We trained hard because the mental and physical demand that this race requires is different,” explained Ong.
Aside from the obstacles, the cold -5°C temperature also added to the challenge. “I was at the Spartan World Champions last year for the group category, and it was tough. But this time, it was tougher with the cold temperature adding to the challenge,” said Castillo.
Preparations for the World Champions
Ong and Castillo needed to level up their preparations for the championships, with intense training, weight lifting, leg strengthening for climbs, and practicing obstacles so that their body and mind can endure the terrain and challenges during the Spartan race.
Ken Tan, who is also the coach of the country’s national OCR team, helped them in preparing for the race.
“Aside from physical training, we also have to consider the proper diet. We also take supplements, like the Santé Boost Coffee with Tongkat-ali, which helped us increase our overall energy and metabolism, as well as to enhance our physical performance and increase muscle strength,” said Ong.
The OCR athletes both consider their Spartan World Championship journey as a huge achievement. With them, as they finished the course, is another milestone for their athletic careers, a proud accomplishment for the Sante Barley OCR Team, and for the country, as well.
“As members of the Sante Barley OCR team, we are proud to represent the Philippines and, to qualify for such competition feels like an achievement already,” added Castillo.
Ong and Castillo are among the members of Santé Barley OCR Team, which is the second sports team under the brand with Santé Barley Tri-team being the first, founded seven years ago.
To know more about Santé, visit their website at https://main.santebarley.com/ph/. You may also visit the Santé Barley OCR’s official Facebook page at @SanteBarleyOCRTeam.
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