Athletes grind it out at Cape Argus Sports Show

The immensely popular obstacle course racing series, The Grind, held its second event for 2017 this past weekend, in partnership with the Cape Argus Sports Show.

These events are designed for the whole family and cater for various fitness levels with almost no barrier to entry, making the sport accessible to anyone with a sense of adventure. There are also competitive categories for each of the three distances on offer.

First place in the women’s Elite race went to Dominique Doliveira from Cape Town, who was the only female to reach the podium in the elite race. The Flying Monkey obstacle claimed many of the top athletes who saw their race bands being cut at this point in the race.

Founder of The Grind, Mat Bartlett says this event saw the biggest and best Grind obstacle course thus far: “The 5km race had 30 obstacles and the Elites were surprised on race day with their 10km course being two laps of the 5km race, with 3 elite-only Grind Game Changer© obstacles in between. Some obstacles included the dreaded triple cliffhanger, the very basic but very frustrating, Slosh Pipe Balance beams, and the notorious double flying monkey with an initial 1.8m span and a second 2.8m span. The total amount of obstacles on the 10km Elite race were 58.”

For info on the next event, visit

Photography by Kevin Boshoff.

Author: Tanja Schmitz

Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.