GAUTENG, JOHANNESBURG, 20 NOVEMBER 2018 – South Africa’s largest obstacle course racing (OCR) series, Toyota WARRIOR, powered by Reebok, ends its season finale at Soweto on 24 November 2018, inviting seasoned and first-timers corporate Warriors take on the urban jungle at the Expo Centre NASREC.

If you want to do something different, fun and healthy as a year-end function or team building exercise, this is your chance. Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is for everyone, and the Toyota WARRIOR Race will challenge your friends, colleagues, employees or teammates to work and play together in a safe, yet challenging, environment. Get out of the office, out of your comfort zone and out of the rat race and enjoy South Africa’s number One OCR series. Check out the WARRIOR Corporate & Group Entries for more information.

At the final WARRIOR event of the year, the emphasis is on fun, friendship, camaraderie and team spirit. With three categories on offer, Rookie, Commando, and Black Ops, the Toyota WARRIOR race has something for everyone who wishes to have fun and challenge themselves across world-class obstacles.

The Rookie, the shortest and easiest race, is all about fun and camaraderie – a wonderful opportunity to have real fun with friends and colleagues conquering 15 obstacles over a 3.8km course. For those seeking a greater challenge, the 8.1km, 27-obstacle Commando race offers a greater test of physical and mental ability. The most difficult challenge is the 10km, 37-obstacle Black Ops – the ultimate test of endurance, speed, strength and agility.

The men’s and women’s Black Ops Elite races are set to be a tensely fought battle as racers vie for the 2018 series title. The men’s elite category is once again a close-fought race between SA’s top-ranked OCR athletes, 2018 South Africa’s Men’s Elite Champion, Thomas van Tonder (Warrior Brand Ambassador and RedBull Sponsored Athlete), and 2017 WARRIOR Series winner, Claude Eksteen (Supa Mama), both of whom have secured 3 wins in the series thus far.

Trish Eksteen (Supa Mama), 2018 SA OCR Women’s Elite Champion and 2017 WARRIOR Series winner, has once again dominated the WARRIOR OCR season having already secured the 2018 series title. Fighting for second place are Nedene Cahill (Supa Mama), who has proved her mettle throughout the season, securing a win at both Warrior Race 6 and Race 7, and Carla van Huyssteen (KeyHealth Team Nevarest), an accomplished trail runner.

The Commando Elite men’s race is a three-way battle between Kelvin van Wyk, Conrad Herbst and Calen Hastie; with just a few points separating the top three men, the order in which they cross the finish line determines who takes the title of Commando Elite Series winner.

In the women’s Commando Elite race, Sam Ryder is almost guaranteed the title, provided she finishes in the top 5; but the title could also be claimed by Sammy Nel – winning with a big enough time gap will ensure she secures the 2018 Commando Elite series title. Third place is a close fought battle between Gabriella Holmes and Tate Stewart – whoever crosses the line first takes the glory.

In the Rookie elite races, the men’s title is a battle between Dylan van Tonder, Nick Oberholzer and Cayde de Waal. In the women’s race, with three wins in the 2018 series, Megan van Tonder has already secured her title, while second and third place will be decided by Monique Els and Shaylee Hulley.

For the Warriors who are interested in some high-speed action, the popular Reebok Sprint Race is a shorter and more compressed OCR course, offers an action-packed loop enjoyed by spectators, who are able to witness first-hand the depth of South Africa’s OCR talent.

This 300m course has been dominated by Juan-Pierre Mare, who has secured 5 wins and Trevor Lagerwey the current South African Sprint champion in the men’s race, and Dominique D’Oliviera, who is undefeated this season in the women’s race and was crowned Individual SA OCR Sprint Champion.

Young and aspiring OCR athletes are especially welcome to join in on the excitement too! A specifically designed obstacle course for children will be provided, as well as a supervised WARRIOR Kids Zone.

Don’t miss out on the final adventure of the 2018 Toyota WARRIOR Race Series. To enter #Warrior8, visit

Editors Notes

Toyota Warrior Race:

Toyota WARRIOR, powered by Reebok, is back with mud and obstacles built to sustain and delight the thousands of athletes, large and small, tall and short, thin and large that are ready to challenge themselves having fun building better humans.

The event calls adventure seekers from all walks of life – whether a weekend WARRIOR or an elite athlete hoping to snatch up the series title. With a Rookie, Commando, and Black Ops category on offer, WARRIOR has something for everyone.

For the first time in the popular series there will be an escape route for those who don’t find the idea of mud particularly appealing. Instead of diving into the infamous Mud Monster, participants will have the option of taking a penalty loop that will take them the same amount of time to complete. The ‘mudless’ option will not be made available to any Elite athletes, however.

Adventure seekers looking for some extra high-speed excitement have the option of entering the popular Reebok Sprint Race.

A specifically designed children’s obstacle course will be available for little adventurers, as well as a WARRIOR Kids Zone under the supervision of child-minders.

There are some exciting things in store at the 2018 TOYOTA WARRIOR SERIES, powered by Reebok:
• You can choose your own batch start times again, so enter soon to choose the batch you prefer.
• The theme for 2018 is Māori Warrior, so expect to see a lot of tattoos and funky designs
• In 2018 the Mud Monster will not be compulsory, non-Elites can do a penalty loop and skip the mud
• Sprint Race: we have changed the Sprint Race format to make it more exciting and involve more age
• Two one-day action packed events added in Bloemfontein and Nelspruit

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