There’s some in-depth articles sitting in the drafts folder of this blog, which will be posted soon. But for now, a quick update on various things obstacle related I’ve been up to:
I got to play around on some Ninja Warrior equipment, which my rough video of has somehow gotten to 5k views:
Thinking over how that rough clip got so many views, the challenges from Ninja Warrior have been very well designed to look amazing visually. More so than harder, equivalent challenges. Ie the warped wall is, I would have to say, actually easier to run up than running up a completely vertical wall the same height (as you would do regularly in parkour). However, a warped wall looks so much more daunting and dramatic on screen. The salmon ladder is only slightly harder than kip pull-ups, I’d say. But a moving bar and the person getting progressively higher and in a more dangerous situation looks so much cooler than a stationary bar. They do very impressive work on their obstacle design ideas.
I’ve written an article on obstacle course racing which will be published in an upcoming issue of Kiwi Trail Runner magazine. Here’s the cover from the current August/September issue:
The Tidy Kiwi Run is coming on September 11th 2016.
After considering feedback on the run, it’s been updated to now include a running option and a challenge option:
1a) Tidy Kiwi Virtual Run
-Pick up any litter you see
1b) Tidy Kiwi Virtual Challenge
-Run 5km, with these challenges:
–100 star jumps
–50m of crawling
–2mins of sprinting
–50m of burpee broad jumps
–Pick up any litter you see
So you can kickass no matter if you prefer the joy of running or the stress of added obstacles in your run.
The Parkour Video Competition is closing on October 1st 2016.
I’m looking forward to getting awesome people around NZ to support Keep NZ Beautiful this September, and also looking forward to seeing what talent NZ produces in its parkour/freerunning scene!
My organisational work on the obstacle race project has largely paused at the moment, as life and a new day job take precedence. But there’s work with another race in NZ which will be great experience! Both for working on my own race and for future work with the race company.