That is so last year, get ready for something new and exciting that will put a spring into your daily GRIND…

Learning something new is a fabulous way to be refreshed. When work can grind you down, something about learning a new activity thrills the soul. It reminds you that the world is bigger than your desk and your to-do list. – John Ortberg


A new type of Obstacle Course Racing Series is coming to Cape Town. The first event will take place at Hillcrest Wine and Olive farm in Durbanville on 16 and 17 April 2016.

THE GRIND Obstacle Course Race (OCR) enters the market at a time when OCR is fast becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Our chosen venue; Hillcrest, will offer an amazing competitor and spectator experience like none other in South Africa!

Expect to be put to the ultimate test of body and mind as you manoeuvre your way through various obstacles….

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be launching our event for the 2016 South African OCR season, we have designed an amazing course with some unique twists,” director Mat Barlett said.
“Hillcrest Quarry which will be renamed as; ‘The Arena’ for our events, will be the first of its kind in South Africa. It is the events main attraction with at least 8 exciting obstacles in and around the water of the quarry.”


My confidence comes from the daily grind – training my butt off day in and day out. – Hope Solo

The event caters for all fitness levels, from beginners to the super elite all you need to do is get off your butt and purchase a ticket to experience something awesome – EMBRACE THE GRIND.

“We wanted to create an OCR event that is fun, exciting and achievable regardless of your fitness level as well as offer a more challenging option for elite athletes. We truly believe that we have the perfect mix to ensure a fun event for all,” director Rudi Wilcocks said.
“We have designed two courses; the first course which caters for beginner to intermediate fitness levels at 5km with 18 to 20 obstacles. The second course will cater for the more advanced to elite competitors at 8km and will include 25 to 30 obstacles. As you can see, we have created a race that focuses more on obstacles and therefore, less on running,”

The first event will take place on 16 and 17 April 2016 with another 3 events scheduled for later in the year, all 2016 events will be hosted in the Western Cape.

Ticket sales will open from 15 January 2016 and all entrants will receive a medal upon finishing the race. All online entrants that register before cut-off will also receive a ‘goodie bag’. Optional extras will also be available upon registration which will include T-Shirts, caps as well as fit-conscious meals.

Please view our promo video: and follow us on our journey to April 2016:

Twitter: @TheGrindRace
Instagram: thegrindrace

Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it. – Andre Agassi

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