Last Saturday (August 18, 2018), an exciting ninja obstacle course race was held on 7th Avenue of Bonifacio Global City. The race was called Ninja 100, which was a 100 meter long race course that included eight very tough obstacles. It was a real coming of age of obstacle race sports in the Philippines, as the level of difficulty of the obstacles can match those seen on TV in competition shows such as American's Ninja Warrior, and as many as 37 teams participated.
It was a race for those who were very serious about physical fitness. It required tons of upper body strength, and a high degree of agility.
The event started at around 1 p.m. and the final round was held at close to 10 p.m. There were over 30 teams at the beginning, and at each round of elimination, two teams went head to head against each other. Each team must consist of 2 guys and 1 girl.
There was no rule that required racers to compete only against racers of the same gender, so there were occasions where a guy would race against a girl. Once in a while, there would be a girl who could challenge a guy in a race, and the winner was not necessarily the guy. In fact, in one race at the third round, a lady racer won against a guy in several of the challenges. That was one of the most exciting races of this event!
For a closer look at the challenges that the racers faced, watch our video:
Apart from the Ninja 100 race, the event also included some activities for the casual racers.
There was a mini obstacle course for kids, and kids from 5 to 8 years old, and from 9 to 12 years old, competed for trophies that shaped like a climbing wall.
Not only that, the kiddie course was also used as an obstacle course for dogs! There is even an organization called OCR Dogs. Many dog owners brought their dogs there and got their exercise on the obstacles.
Spartan Race Philippines, another brand of outdoor obstacle race, and has a training center in the Fort, set up several climbing frames for members of the public to try their hands on rope climbing and other challenges. They were there to recruit participants for a Spartan race to be held in Subic Bay in September.
Maybe it was the beginning of a long weekend, or the lack of information about the activities, there were not that many spectators for the Ninja 100, and not many participants for the other activities. Nonetheless, for people who enjoy an active lifestyle, it was a very exciting event.