James Lee to launch Marianas Obstacle Course Race

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JAMES Lee, an obstacle course race veteran, is excited to announce the launch of Saipan’s very own Marianas Obstacle Course Race which will kick off on July 18, Saturday.

James Lee makes his way through the course during the 2019 OCR World Championship in London.  Contributed photo

Over the past years, Lee, along with his team, had the opportunity to participate in some of the premier obstacle course races within the region and halfway across the world: Trench Challenge Guam, Asia’s OCR Championship in Manila, Tough Mudder in Vegas and the 2019 OCR World Championship in London.

And now, he will bring a similar event to the island. “It has been several years of planning but my business partner, Joseph Villacrusis, along with our team, Rodney Camacho, Ando Agulto, Joey Tudela and Sharleen Sablan have been working really hard, especially over the past year to finally make this event come to life,” shared Lee via email.

There will be three divisions to choose from in the upcoming event.

The recreational division is all about fun: no time, no penalties. Participate as an individual or build a team of 10 — this will make a great opportunity for corporate groups and organizations to make their mark in the Marianas OCR course.

The second division is the competitive four-man team challenge which is a timed event for a team of four. The top three teams will receive an award.

The third division is the competitive elite (Trench Challenge Qualifier) which is a solo act. Racers will earn a spot at the premiere obstacle course race on Guam in September and will compete to qualify for the 2020 OCR World Championships which will be held at the Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont on Oct. 24.

“Our goal for Marianas OCR is to create an event that will be both fun and, more importantly, competitive,” Lee said. “Not only in terms of the obstacle itself but also to participate and compete for a chance to represent the CNMI in both the 2020 Trench Challenge on Guam and the 2020 OCR world championship. What we have created here is an opportunity to promote our island to the world through sports. So we are definitely eyeing our neighboring islands and countries such as Guam, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, China, just to name a few, to come and compete as well and also to visit our beautiful island as an added bonus.”

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