BFFT masters the 2016 XLETIX Challenge in South Germany
On 13 August 2016, another sporting challenge awaited a few BFFT athletes after they had competed in the Ingolstadt 2016 half-marathon and triathlon. The extreme obstacle course at the XLETIX Challenge (“Krassfit” until the end of 2014) required contestants to crawl through mud, shimmy along a rope above a sheer drop and climb up wobbly netting. This year’s XLETIX event for southern Germany was hosted by the Geisenfeld “wake&groove” waterskiing and wakeboard park and was a sell-out with almost 4,000 participants.
The XLETIX Challenge is an extreme obstacle course (similar to Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race). The event is held at various locations in Europe. Mental and physical barriers must be overcome on demanding tracks with a series of different obstacles. Participants are required to prove their strength, endurance, courage, will power and, particularly, their ability to work as a team. Three different lengths of track and levels of difficulty can be chosen (S: distance 6 km, 15+ obstacles; M: distance 12+ km, 25+ obstacles or L: distance 18+ km, 30+ obstacles). The races offer something for all levels of fitness and are thus suitable for anyone, whether they’re couch potatoes or Olympic champions – everyone is presented with their own personal challenge.
A great deal was demanded of the 10-strong BFFT team as it fought its way through water and mud along the six-kilometre route, which featured 15 different obstacles. The motto for the participants was “One team, one goal”, as many of the obstacles were constructed in such a way that they could only be overcome by working together – exactly the right type of event for BFFT! The teams weren’t competing for awards or certificates, but for the chance to win something priceless: the feeling of having mastered all the torments on the track as a team while overcoming their mental and physical limits. However, the participants did receive one little memento of the XLETIX challenge – all the athletes were presented with a shirt bearing the legend “Challenge completed” after they had finished battling their way through the mud.