Obstacle event to debut July 12

A Maui resident with a long connection to the island’s running scene is taking on the demands of creating a new event – which means others will soon be able to confront the more tangible type of obstacles.

Valley Isle Road Runners race organizer Rudy Huber is the driving force behind the Ikaika Nui Extreme Obstacle Challenge, scheduled for July 12 at the Mendes Ranch in Kahakuloa.

“I think the biggest thing is that it’s done by somebody who lives here locally,” Huber said last week. “It’s got that local flair to it.”

The five-kilometer course is scheduled to have at least a dozen obstacles, and will incorporate mud and ice, as well as colored powder that will be thrown at the participants.

The event is untimed, but Huber promises a relatively demanding course.

“I don’t want people to think, ‘Oh, it’s not timed, so it’s not a challenge,’ ” he said. “It’s definitely still challenging.”

Similar events, on a larger scale, have taken place on Oahu – the Warrior Dash and Spartan Race are examples – and the Valley Isle hosted its first Color Run in March.

“This is not one of those, not like that. Those have thousands of people that do it,” said Huber, who is aiming for a turnout in the hundreds.

“The site we have is absolutely gorgeous, at the Mendes Ranch. Beautiful ocean views, cliff views, it will absolutely knock your breath away.”

The event will accept four-person team entries, and will have a shorter keiki course. Participants will receive medals, T-shirts and other gifts. The entry fee is $60 per person, with a $5 discount for each member of a team signing up as a whole. The fee for the keiki event is $30. Registration can be completed at

For more information, call 280-5801.

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