For many adventure enthusiasts, taking part in a running race isn’t quite appealing. But, throw in some obstacles and challenges and the fun begins.

As such, over the last couple of years, we have witnessed several obstacle runs organised in Malaysia: first the Viper and then the Spartan Race plus multiple cross-fit inspired competitions as well.

This year, we have something new: the world’s first martial arts “inflatable obstacle race”. Called Dragon Run, it will make its debut on May 14 and 15 at the Horse Ranch in Resorts World Genting.

During a media trial session, I find that this race is perhaps not as hard-core as say the Spartan Race or Viper Challenge. But it’s still challenging nonetheless as it takes balance and strength to navigate the larger-than-life inflatables.

Designed for those with the love of kung fu and running, Dragon Run touts itself as being “an adrenaline-pumping” 6km course that will incorporate huge martial arts-inspired obstacles.

One of the large inflatable beasts that runners will have to tackle.

One of the large inflatable beasts that runners will have to tackle.

“Dragon Run’s inflatable obstacles are designed with the three pillars of martial arts in mind – the Spirit, the Training and the Combat,” says Giedrius Sruogis, events director of the Hong Kong-based organiser Next Promotions. “Each can be as fun or as challenging as you like. The harder you push, the more rewarding the experience!”

Runners start at the Dragon Gate before charging up the Giant Dragon, a kung fu-inspired all-in-one obstacle that will test balance, endurance and agility. Once they are done, they will have to tackle a course of 10 gigantic martial arts obstacles in the styles of Dragon Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Sumo and Jeet Kune Do.

It may sound daunting but Sruogis emphasises that participants do not have to know martial arts in order to participate. They may however learn a few things about the various forms of martial arts in the process.

As with most obstacle courses, participants will flag off at different times to control the crowd and avoid bottlenecks at various points. “Safety is our priority and we will do our best to manage the crowd,” says Sruogis.


The Bog Boss or the giant water slide at the end of the race is probably the most fun obstacle.

The run – aimed at being an activity for families – is open to those 12 and above (12 to 14-year-olds must be accompanied by adults); younger children will be able to fool about with smaller inflatables at the Dragon Village nearby, where there will also be food and beverage, carnival games and combat demonstrations.

“It can be a fun outing for the family. The older ones can challenge themselves with their parents in the race while the younger ones play with the smaller inflatables at the village. There will also be activities like face painting, balloon twisting and other games,” he says.

Registration and ticketing for the race is now open on ticketing platform Tickets (which start at RM95 for youth) will be sold with a choice of start time between 7am and 6pm on May 14 and 15 on a first-come, first-served basis.

All participants will receive bibs and a runner’s packet with Dragon Run sports T-Shirt, towel, small rattle drum, tattoo stickers and additional goodies.

You can opt for a VIP pass at RM219 and join the run with priority on start time, access to VIP bag check counter and the special VIP area for food and beverage offerings plus some extra goodies.

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