Returning to Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit for the second year, the Toyota Warrior #5 race, powered by Reebok, presented by Jacaranda FM, saw participants of all fitness levels gun for glory.

This year’s event included gruelling new obstacles and delivered a day of adrenaline-pumping action and epic family fun.

Elite action

The day belonged to Black-Ops Elite racers Claude Eksteen and Nadene Cahill, who proved, once again, why they deserve their place among the OCR greats. In the action-packed Black Ops Elite race, Eksteen, the 2019 SA OCR Champion, stormed to the finish ahead of Armin Botha and Tian Basson in third place.

In the Women’s Black Ops Elite race, 2019 SA OCR Women’s Champion, Nadene Cahill (AirTeam) won, crossing the finish line almost 11 minutes ahead of teammate Trish Eksteen and Sabrina Daolio, who took third.

In the Commando Elite men’s race – a 10 km, 22-obstacle course – Johardt Van Heerden beat Nelius Swart (second) and Calen Hastie (third). The women’s race was won by Sammy Nel, ahead of Vyvekah Lumley in second and Elma Kemp in third.

Fun for all

The shortest and most fun-packed race of the day, the Rookie, saw young athletes crawling, climbing and jumping through the course. The Rookie Elite men’s podium finishers were Ricardo Rebelo, Cayde de Waal and Alwyn Deetlefs, in first, second and third respectively. In the women’s elite race, Ashley Button took gold ahead of Megan van Tonder in second and Claire Denton in third.

The event also saw little adventurers experience the specifically-designed 1km, 8-obstacle course and exercise their bodies and minds to #BeMore because it’s never too early be a Warrior.

For the full results of Toyota Warrior #5, visit The next Toyota Warrior event, powered by Reebok, takes place on 5 October in Gauteng. Visit to enter.

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