This All-Original Filipino Obstacle Course Is Inspired by Local Legends

It's happening in Intramuros.

( Obstacle-course racing is fast becoming a favorite workout among fitness buffs. There's just something adrenaline-pumping about climbing over walls, getting through monkey bars, hanging on for dear life on a rope, and maybe even doing a long jump over a narrow body of water. Indoor gyms that offer training on obstacle-course racing (OCR) have also popped up all over the Metro. An all-original Filipino OCR series is hoping to take things up a notch by taking "inspiration from the battles of the great Filipino warrior." Maharlika Warrior, as it is called, is happening on March 15, from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m., in Intramuros, Manila.  It's named after the local term for royalty, but it's also synonymous to a man who's free (in archaic Tagalog).


The first part of the series is called Bakunawa, which has obstacles and a race course inspired by the body of the moon-eating beast from local legends. It spans a total of six kilometers of twists and turns and over 20 obstacles to challenge any Filipino OCR athlete. The race has three categories: Mandirigma, which is perfect for the neophyte racer; Sultan, which is more for experienced racers who can compete within their own age group; and Alamat (elite), which is divided by gender and made for advanced racers.

The Bakunawa obstacle course is set within the Walled City. Maharlika Warrior / Facebook
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Tickets are at P2,150 for the Mandirigma, P2,650 for the Sultan, and P2,750 for the Alamat. But if you book before January 20, rates go as low as P1,800.

Maharlika Warrior is on March 15, from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m., in Intramuros, Manila. For more information, visit Maharlika Warrior's website or event page.

Main image by Gordon Wrigley, Flickr

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