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James Lee and rest of Team NMI ready for Trench Challenge

JAMES Lee, Obstacle Course Race enthusiast, and the rest of Team CNMI are ready for the Trench Challenge which will be held on Guam on Sept. 29.

Besides Lee, the CNMI team members are Joe Villacrusis, Joey Tudela, Rodney Camacho, RJ Aquino and Ando Agulto. They will be competing to qualify for the OCR world championship which will be held in London on Oct. 11-13. The world championship will be a 15k run plus 100 obstacles.

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James Lee and the rest of Team CNMI pose after a workout at Latte Built Gym.  Contributed photo

“We have been training consistently since the beginning of this year and most of the time, twice a day,” Lee said. “Most of our training is conducted at Latte Built Gym and we start at 5 a.m., concentrating on strength and endurance….”

Lee said a “big portion of OCR deals with cardio so we have been doing a lot of running as well. We’ve participated in the half marathon run in March of this year and have been working on the terrains at the beach, on the hills, on Mt. Tapochao or anywhere around the island to get some good mileage.”

Aside from competing, Lee said their goal is to promote the CNMI in OCR, a rapidly growing international sport. “I myself had the opportunity to do so recently at the 2nd Asia OCR Championships held in Manila last month competing against other countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and India, just to name a few; and now I hope to carry our flag to Europe as well.”

Lee said the CNMI has never had representation in the world championship “so we would like to be the first one to do so. Competing at Trench Challenge on Guam has opened up this opportunity for us to do just that since Trench Challenge is the only obstacle course race within Micronesia that is affiliated with the World OCR Federation as well as the only event qualifier to the OCR World Championship.”

Lee said he and the rest of Team CNMI would like to thank their sponsors: Michelob Ultra, IT&E, Brabu, Safehouse, Marianas Visitors Authority, Latte Built Gym, MO.DE Ftness, Monkey Biz Production, and Salty Skin Pacific.

According to Trench Challenge race director Tom Akigami., “Trench Challenge is excited to have James Lee from Saipan, our 2x (2017 & 2018) OCRWC qualifier return to Guam in September 2019 (now) with Team CNMI to try and qualify for the 2019 Obstacle Course Race World Championships which will be held in Kelvedon Hatch London, UK this October among 67 nations. CNMI’s representation at OCRWC will make it 68! We look forward to him and his team earning their spots at the World Championships.”