Africa’s largest obstacle course racing series, the Toyota Warrior Race powered by Reebok, is returning to the heart of the Vaal Triangle this weekend. The event will take place on the banks of the now very swollen Vaal River at Emerald Resort and Casino and will see more than 4 000 outdoor and adventure lovers tackle the challenge.

The appeal of these events is obvious; including the fact that anyone with a sense of adventure and a pair of old shoes can participate. The sense of camaraderie and accomplishment combined with the healthy lifestyle is what fuels the almost cult following at the series.

The event is designed to cater for various fitness and difficulty levels, ranging from Rookie (beginner) to Commando (intermediate) to Black Ops (extreme), each with a competitive component called the elite category for those with serious podium ambitions.

Since Toyota South Africa came on board in January, the event was boosted by increased attention to detail, improved build quality of the obstacles, more user-friendly layout and improved safety.

Talking to Fritz Pienaar from the Warrior Company, it’s apparent that these changes are more than just cosmetic.

“We are no longer using any nails or concrete in our construction of the obstacles and all soil is rehabilitated after each event in a bid to make the event more environmentally friendly, while improving participant safety,” said Pienaar.

“It is easy to forget that each course is custom built and takes the obstacle-building team more than a month for each venue and over R1m in investment,” added Pienaar.

The Black Ops event boasts 30 spectacular obstacles designed to challenge athletes in different ways and each of these must be signed off by an engineer before each event.

KwaZulu-Natal-based power couple Claude Eksteen and Trish Bahlman, who won the men and women’s categories in the previous round, will be out to defend their titles this weekend. But with the keys to the two Toyota Rav4s up for grabs, to be driven by the winners until the next event, competition is expected to be fierce.

Last year’s event at Emerald Resort and Casino saw a spectacular sprint finish where Eksteen narrowly edged out a storming Thomas van Tonder to take the win.

“I know what to expect this year and the super-fast flat route should suit me. I missed the first event due to flu and I’m excited to get back into the overall series standings to defend my national title,” said Van Tonder.

Bahlman will be facing off against multiple champion Hanneke Dannhauser who didn’t have the ideal start to the season: “I’m going to give it my all and trust my training will pay off. Driving away with that Rav4 is great motivation,” she added.

Following the recent rains and perfect weather conditions predicted, the venue is primed for an incredible weekend of overcoming obstacles, triumph and downright dirty fun.

Tanuja Gangabishun, Emerald Resort & Casino’s Marketing Executive said:

“No-one can dispute that adventure awaits at Emerald Resort & Casino. The Warrior Race aligns perfectly with our brand promise and ethos where adventure awaits for the entire family.”

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Participants jump off the Tower of Rage – a 6 meter high construction, one of the Toyota WARRIOR powered by Reebok most exhilarating obstacles.
Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting


Team of participants pose next to the on of the new Toyota Rav4s which will go home with one the Black-Ops Elite winners at Toyota WARRIOR1 powered by Reebok.
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The Toyota WARRIOR powered by Reebok also caters for family and fans, with a designated spectator route around the most spectacular obstacles. 
Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting


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