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Guam and NMI represented at Asian obstacle course race championships

(Press Release) — Guam and the CNMI were represented at the 2nd Asian Obstacle Course Race Championships sanctioned by the World OCR Federation and held at the Rizal Park in Manila on July 30, 2019.

Among the participating athletes were the CNMI’s James Lee in the 5km Elite Male 30-39 Division, Guam’s James Sardea in the 5km Male 40-49 Division, Guam’s Tom Akigami in the 5km Male 30-39 Division, and Guam’s Jeffrey Rios in the 5km Male 40-49 Division.

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The CNMI’s James Lee poses with Guam’s James Sardea, Tom Akigami and Jeffrey Rios at the 2nd Asian Obstacle Course Race Championships held on July 30 in Manila, the Philippines.  Contributed photo

On July 29-30, Lee, Sardea, Akigami, and Rios completed the World OCR Level 1 coaches certification.

“It was a quick, tiring, but eventful trip,” said Lee. “I’m looking forward to growing this sport in the Marianas and getting it more competitive. Definitely a humbling experience to go up against Asia’s best elite racers. It gave me a good idea on what I need to work on for future races.”

Sardea owner of Urban Fitness Guam, said “it is exciting to know the sport is growing and obstacles are evolving. I’ll be applying some of the techniques learned to develop an OCR training course at my gym. I can’t wait till Trench Challenge on Guam so I can qualify again for the OCR World Championships.”

According to Rios, “my inability to complete some of the obstacles made me realize I need to change my training. I will not fail those obstacles again! As for the coaching class, it really shed a lot of light on the do’s and don’ts of running. I learned a lot about how to prevent injuries and how to increase mobility. I didn’t realize how important this was.”

Akigami, for his part, said: “It was a lot of fun participating in the race…. The conditioning I’ve been doing is really paying off. I really want to thank Ryan and Paul at Custom Fitness for helping me recover from my shoulder injury, my Bihun and Spike 22 familia for the almost daily Jiu-jitsu to keep me active, and Unified for the lunch time burn classes. Regarding our involvement now with the World OCR Federation, we at Trench Challenge are really excited in the direction they’re taking the sport. Just recently OCR has been accepted in the Southeast Asian Games and is in route to become an event at future regional games as well as an Olympic sport. The certification courses we’ve taken are definitely a plus to our organization as we focus on the welfare of our participants and the growth of the sport. We’ll continue to enrich ourselves with available resources so we can pass it down and strengthen our community.”

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Trench Challenge is Guam’s Obstacle Course Race and affiliate of the World OCR Federation.