The Allianz OCR Sunday will feature back-to-back challenges designed for individuals looking to test their mettle against the country’s best and most promising athletes

By Eric Nicole Salta

“Obstacle course racing teaches you to be resilient, to overcome challenges, and to not easily give up. Many are holding back to make a big step to achieve their dreams or afraid to take the risk. That’s why we are here to give people the courage to move forward and triumph over these obstacles,” says Allianz PNB Life chief marketing officer Gae Martinez.

And it’s for this reason why Allianz Philippines has partnered with Conquer Challenge Philippines for a consecutive year to hold the Allianz OCR Sunday, which now includes two obstacle course races (OCR)—Conquer Challenge and Ninja OCR—on Mar. 31 in Filinvest, Alabang. 

The Conquer Challenge, which is “one of the only entry-level obstacle course races in the Philippines” according to James Bungubung of Conquer Challenge and Pilipinas Obstacle Course Federation, will feature a five-kilometer race designed with 20 obstacles (elite and open categories) as well as a 1.5-kilometer race of eight obstacles that’s also open to kids. 

The Ninja OCR, meanwhile, will be a series of short distance, no-running obstacle course races. Ninja OCR’s Noel Agra says it will have different categories: individual (male and female), team, kids, and dogs. The distance, difficulty, and type of obstacles for each category will vary.

Allianz OCR Sunday will also be the second qualifying race for the national pool, according to Bungubung, which means that the top five male and female athletes will get the chance to be included in the national training pool.

Allianz OCR Sunday will also be the second qualifying race for the national pool, which means that the top five male and female athletes will get the chance to be included in the national training pool

Another key highlight of the race is the participation of the five Aetas that Allianz has been supporting in their adopted community in Porac, Pampanga.

“In 2018, we partnered with Conquer Challenge and we mounted three races, one each in May, August, and December. During the December race, we combined our advocacies for sports and social inclusion by having 25 Aetas from Villa Maria, an adopted community in Porac, Pampanga, participate [in the race]. We’ve been helping them with a financial literacy program and we thought it best to extend this to also impart life skills through obstacle course racing,” says Martinez.

The five Aeta athletesJacob King, 22, Miracle Lansang, 21, Danilo Yugyug, 20, Gelyann Soria, 17, and Ivy Pelayo, 16—were chosen among the 25 owing to the potential they have shown in the sport. 

“We are glad that OCR became an avenue to bring to light social inclusion, which is one of most important challenges of our society today and an integral part of our corporate social responsibility,” she says.

Registration for the races is ongoing until Mar. 24. Participants as young as seven may join the race with several categories to choose from. Registration fees for the five-kilometer OCR are at P2,500 for the elite category and P2,300 for the open category. It will include a race shirt, timing chip, finisher shirt, and finisher medal. The registration fee for the 1.5-kilometer OCR is P1,200. Participants will receive a timing chip, race shirt, and finisher mug.

The registration fee for Ninja OCR 100-meter individual race is P2,000. For the 400-meter team race (comprised of two males and two females), the registration fee is P3,000 per team. This includes a finisher shirt and finisher medal.