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The gripping scenes of ToughXRough…

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It’s like flying… or slam dunking

We went to Paseo De Santa Rosa last February 21 to check out the TXR scene (and the TBR Dream Marathon 2016 in Nuvali hours before). This is the season opener of the Obstacle Course Racing (also known as Obstacle Run) show that TV5 will be airing soon. There will be a series of events in the coming months and I’ve heard that the finale is the OCR Championship in Canada where the fastest Philippine team will compete. I love obstacle runs and I wanted to join this one because it has been more than a year since the last time I joined one (I think Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2014 was my most recent). Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year when I have limited funds for running events, so I was in spectator mode.

The obstacle course was 3 kilometers in length with 16 obstacles with the usual walls, barbed wire crawls, and cargo net obstacles. But, there are some obstacles that I have never experienced before in my previous runs (Guerilla Race and Urbanathlon) and that’s shock and awe, which is basically a run through electrified wire (I’ve seen this at a Tough Mudder event video) and the 15 feet vertical wall ramp. I’ll be focusing more on the 15 feet wall vertical ramp since I haven’t explored the whole course and its considered to be the hardest one. So, here you go, the gripping scenes of Tough x Rough in photos (apologies for the photo quality, there are cropped because I was faraway and taken with the 13 megapixel camera of Alcatel Flash 2).

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The first obstacle, the 6 ft assault wall
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This is harder than it looks, as you need to have momentum and jump, then push yourself up to go over the wall.
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Momentum + Jump + Pushing yourself up and over the wall
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The course is part trail
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This is called the Shock and Awe. Live wire that electrocute you as you run through it. I’ve first seen this in a Tough Mudder video.
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Girl Power!!! The Elite Women of TXR.
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Walk of Confidence
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If Xena had nieces…
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Wonder Women
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It’s like looking at real-life superheroines. Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Power Girl, Ms. Marvel…
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Lara Croft in the lead?
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The sexier running form
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Even if it’s just a 3-kilometer course, the exhaustion from the other obstacles will take its toll.
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Powerful grip is one of the key to victory…
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Momentum or Sprint speed is another…
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And finally, the capability to pull yourself up.
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Only 3 attempts are allowed. Failure results to a penalty.
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Hang in there…
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It’s like when a cat fails a jump and the poor feline slides down slowly and scratching the wall.
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The easiest side has a rope that you can grab and use to pull yourself up
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The middle part is the medium difficulty
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The hardest side is the highest one. Haven’t seen anyone succeeded here…
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Because it’s really frickin’ hard (unless you’re good at free running or parkour)
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Yep, it’s like a Slam Dunk competition… cue in Goldfinger’s Superman
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Never Quit
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How’s it hangin’?
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Slippery when sweat!
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The Fitness First Girls
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Rope swinging is really helping
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Rappelling like Adam West’s Batman
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Sometimes, we really need a helping hand
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Swing! Just swing it, baby!

It was a great event, made me feel how much I miss obstacle runs. I will be joining the next event and will write about the whole experience. For now, back to training.

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See you on the next Tough X Rough

 

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