A team of two undergraduate student-athletes, Fardin Zamany and Muhammed Yousef Husni Abugosh accompanied by their athletics coach Sasa Obradovic participated in the Desert Warrior Challenge, held on Friday, October 21. A 10 Kilometer race with 22 obstacles designed to test physical and mental limits of the participant referred to as the "warrior".
Sasa Obradovic, Fitness Instructor and Athletics Coach said "Desert Warrior Challenge was a great team building exercise, just like in the race and at my athletics practice there is no 'warrior' left behind"
Braving the Dubai heat during its peak hours Team Middlesex crossed all the obstacles and finished the race in a short span of 3 hours in-spite of the various difficulties they faced during the race such as the lack of drinking water provided by the organizers of the Desert Warrior Challenge.
Interview excerpts with Fardin Zamany, undergraduate Business Management student who participated in the Desert Warrior Challenge.
What does Desert Warrior mean to you?
Desert warrior is all about pushing your limits. whether it is climbing over walls, crawling under barbed wire, jump into cold water, and carrying a bucket full of rocks in 30 degrees heat.
How was your experience?
This is my first time participating in a obstacle course race such as the Desert warrior. It is definitely something we don't ordinarily train or practice for, the other participants were in top physical shape and the race was designed to test the mental fortitude of the individual. This is how I felt while performing the Desert Warrior Challenge - My muddy hands started slipping off the rope as I dangled 19 feet above hot sand,
My lungs were burning, my body was spent, my skin was scraped with gravel and punctured with barbed wire, I was caked in dirt and sweat and yet I was determined to finish the race with my team.
How do you feel about the Desert Warrior, and that there is no winning in this competition?
Desert Warrior Challenge is not about winning; besides there’s more to a competition than winning - you don’t have to prove anything to anyone but yourself. Like all adventures, the sense of purpose comes from within. In 1923, when George Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, he responded, “Because it is there.” We all participate for different reasons, but at the end of the day, we run obstacle races for the same reason we climb mountains, hike trails and journey to distant lands. We do it because it’s there, and we’re the kind of people that answer to that sort of call.