MERU, August 10 – Capital FM finished sixth out of 25 teams in the newly introduced scramble category during the fourth Mount Kenya Extreme Sports Challenge over the weekend.
Participating in the event for the first time, the Best Mix of Music team of three led by Sports reporter, Alex Isaboke, Digital Media’s Cedric Gitura and Nicholas Ambasi from Administration, conquered the intimidating 13km course that featured 25 insane obstacles at the Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership in Meru County.
“It’s a nice experience because it helps us embrace team work. This teaches us that in life one cannot do alone so we hope to carry on the same experience to our work place.
“The tough challenge was when we passed under the tunnel that was full of water but we encouraged each other and managed to get to the finish line. Definitely we will be back here next year,” Gitura stated after the event won by Administration Police.
The unique category that involved teams of three was designed to be the experience of a lifetime inside the Mt. Kenya forest, where participants competed through, mud slides, water body, climbs and races.
With the event requiring the three to be active in all laps and complete the stages together, many teams dropped out as only 15 reached the finish.
“At Extreme adventure scramble race, teams spend more time on our extreme mud plus other exhilarating obstacles and less time jogging.
“Our goal is to produce something bigger than the race itself. Participating means you are putting the rest of your life on hold while pushing your limits to dominate our chilly and mud obstacle course.
“Obstacles in the course are designed to challenge teams physically. Spartan Race is designed to pull you from your comfort zone and challenge you. We are planning to make it even more challenging next year,” Event Coordinator, Ernest Maina underscored.
In the first activity, each team was required to carry one of their own for two kilometres, before hiking the natural scenic Rosewood forest located at the foothill of Africa’s second largest mountain.
The most challenging sections were at the latter stages where participants went through a set of muddy trenches dug deep, before clinging on ropes as they navigated through mud.
Organizers of the event that also included Jungles race and corporate team challenge are targeting a maximum of 40 teams as they look to make the annual event an international competition.
Unlike in the previous years, new challenges were introduced to make the event more exiting with the famous rock climbing omitted but event director, John Mwangi said it still remain part of the challenge.
Over 25 teams took part where winners in both events pocketed a prize of Sh100, 000; second place took Sh60, 000 whilst third finishers walked away with Sh45, 000.