Men’s Health Urbanathlon: Survival of the Fittest race report


Last Sunday, I joined the Men’s Health Philippines Urbanathlon held at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. It was my first time to join the urbanathlon and also my first time to join a foot race with several obstacles along the way. This year’s Men’s Health Urbanathlon only has one distance category, a 10K route that was a mix of road and trail route, mud pits and 15 obstacles along the way. It was a tough race indeed and yet I enjoyed very much.

There were three waves during the race. The first one includes the brave souls who took the challenge all by their lonesome selves. That includes yours truly. The second wave is the buddy category where pairs must finish the race together and the third wave is the team category where every members of the team must finish the race.

The first leg of the race was a long stretch of pounding pavements around 5K-6K in distance before the first obstacle where participants must hurdle into 8 steel fences before proceeding towards the second run leg. It was short and yet very tough especially if your legs were already tired of running 5K on the road.

A kilometer or two more of pounding pavements, the second obstacle awaits the runners. This time, participants must wade through ropes to get through. I think this was the easiest of the obstacle since you just have to stretch your legs a bit to get through.


Then participants must continue running and make a detour towards the trail route. I think this was the famous bike trail of Nuvali. It was around 3 kms of of trail run and it was the most enjoyable part of the race for me.

Exiting the trail, participants must run a few hundred meters more before arriving at the next obstacle area where the armbar awaits and some more obstabcles.


Next stop is the mud pit!. In this area, there were three obstacles awaiting to be conquered by the particants. These include the Network where you must climb ropes and get down on the other side using rope ladders, the water slide, the foot wash (my own term!), and then after soaking your tired feet in the cold water you must run again towards near the finish line where the tire field, the net crawl and the last obstacle modified wall and stuntman jump await. And then you’re off towards the finish line!


Like I said, the Men’s Health Urbanathlon was a tough and yet very fun event. I wasn’t expecting to complete all the obstacles especially those involving some heights. And yet, due to the adrenalin rush, I was able to conquer my fear of heights. In fact, I enjoyed the urbanathlon so much that I’m looking forward to next year’s staging of this event. Hopefully, Summit Media will invite me again.

Overall, the race was a big success. The race was well organized and the venue was perfect for this type of race. Congratulations to Men’s Health Philippines and looking forward to next year’s Urbanathlon! (1471)

Author: Arnold Zafra

Hi, My name is Arnold and I'm a Pinoy runner. I'm a 40+ years old runner dreaming of running the New York Marathon before I retire. :-)

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  1. Great! Men’s Health Urbanathlon was tiresome but fun event! Congratulations for those who participate in the Survival of the Fittest race! The race was well organized and successful! Again Congratulations!

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