*Please note that Etelesolv changed its company name to Cimpl in 2016.
On June 7th, five Etelesolvers braved Mont Sutton to participate in the XMANRACE. They had to overcome over thirty obstacles spread out over a distance of 7.5 kilometres. Amazingly, they managed to come in to work on Monday morning. Of course, they all looked a little worn out. Were they sore? Their reply: "Yes. Even muscles we didn't know we had are sore!"
The best “bad idea”
The XMANRACE is a regular series of extreme races where everyone gives their all to overcome some very challenging obstacles. Every race is designed to be open to everyone (in reasonable health), but is by no means easy. Knowing this, we could see our five participants wondering just what they were thinking when they registered as the date of the race approached.
Nevertheless, Andréanne, Caroline, Nicolas, Isabeau, and Thierry made their way to Mont Sutton on that Saturday morning, full of enthusiasm and energy. They were anxious but totally pumped, and so they took the trail by storm from the word “go”.
The event website states it clearly: The XMANRACE is a military-style race. That’s why it was full of hard physical challenges at every turn. Nonetheless, the participants had to get through the obstacles as fast as they could to avoid getting penalized on final evaluations of their race performance.
The Etelesolvers (along with the rest of the participants, obviously) crawled, ran, jumped, lifted (objects), and climbed walls or ropes throughout 7+ kilometers of mud and water that made up the race trail in the forest. The fastest member of the Cimpl team finished the race in under two hours, while the fifth participant completed the course about an hour later.
There were many emotions and sensations at the end of the race: Aches, pains, happiness, relief, and accomplishment. Even though our Etelesolvers weren't all in their peak condition, they enjoyed every minute of the XMANRACE obstacle course.
The rough awakening was worth the achievement
Though our Etelesolvers obviously enjoyed the day, their muscles were not quite so eager the next day. Even after a couple good nights of well-deserved sleep, our participants had to contend with bruises, scratches, and sore limbs when they came in to work on Monday morning. But, they were welcomed back as company heroes when they showed off their individual finisher's medal. Maybe they'll be able to recruit some new XMAN runners for the next race!