Introducing team Maze Runners!
- Max Bell
- David Uesi
- Nico Vega
- Tim Rogers
The Maze Runners have formed together to take on The Madness – New Zealand’s toughest all terrain obstacle course. It’s organised by Mule Event Management and will be held September 19th 2015 in Auckland.
The Madness is designed and driven by former members of the British Parachute Regiment and Royal Marine Corps, and will take your team to new boundaries…and then push them further! Every mile of the course will represent a new element, from covering distance fast to working efficiently as a four person team, dealing with water obstacles and height awareness set ups to assault phases and classic obstacles. Great morale is recommended to keep getting you through it!
It bears mentioning that the members of our team the Mazer Runners come from a parkour background. The similarities of overcoming obstacles from parkour will bring an interesting dynamic when applied to obstacle racing.
However… parkour is primarily practiced in urban environments, and if you introduce mud into the environment it makes many of parkour’s jumping techniques ineffective due to no longer bring able to boost off of solid ground. While parkour is, originally, meant to be about efficiency and usefulness of movement in an emergency, it’s the reality of the discipline that most practitioners focus on narrow areas such as their jumping ability. Most are more concerned with their hop power than their cardio endurance – but it remains that running is by far the most efficient movement for covering ground in a real life situation of having to move from one location to another (without driving a vehicle of course). This situation is understandable, as the massive jumps of parkour are both fun to practice and beautiful to watch. Yet obstacle course racing calls for a different fitness level than parkour, but they bear many similarities in techniques for overcoming obstacles.
In any case, the improved fitness gained through preparing for The Madness will improve all of our own parkour abilities.
The Madness is inspiring all of us on the Maze Runners to increase our fitness: I hear reports from the other guys creating running loops around their neighborhoods and generally getting fired up for race day. While I’ve been sloly getting into obstacle races over the past year and loving them, the rest of the Maze Runners will be taking on The Madness as their first obstacle race! Having a looming date of taking on NZ’s toughest all terrain obstacle course is also inspiring me to up my training:
I’ve been putting a few photos on twitter – such as weight-bearing running and hill running to build lung and leg endurance:
— Max Bell (@maxbell_nz) May 25, 2015
— Max Bell (@maxbell_nz) May 4, 2015
Furthermore, I ventured out to the course of The Mudder recently to do a preview run their course before their event later this year (it’s also on the 19th September – the same date as The Madness), and got in some water-crossing and cold water acclimatising practice:
A full video will be coming soon through Obstacle Racers NZ.
I also recently built a spear to practice with:
I’m loving the variety that needs to come with practicing for obstacle racing: from running to climbing to weapons. It’s definitely an interesting sport.
Take-on the Challenge
Join the challenge with us! We’ll see you at The Madness? You better hurry, as early-bird prices end in 5 days from this post. Check out the Madness website.