Adid first Bruneian to compete in US Spartan meet

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s Adid Kadir will be the first Spartan athlete to represent the country in the Spartan World Championship in North Lake Tahoe, California, United States (US) from September 28-29.

The Bruneian athlete earned his spot in the World Championship after claiming the top three position where he will not only represent Brunei but also the Southeast Asia Regional Series, having competed with thousands of Spartans in the region this year.

The 2019 road to the Lake Tahoe World Championships began at 14 global National and Regional Series events and five major championships. Qualification for the Spartan World Championship was determined by selection. At the end of each Regional series event, the final leader board determined who gains entry into the World Championship.

Adid is a Bruneian athlete specialising in obstacle racing. Obstacle racing has potential to grow in popularity with new inclusion in the 2019 SEA Games in Philippines. He has developed a successful portfolio for himself in this field with numerous participations in Spartan races in the region.

Adid has been in the running for the most competitive series – the Spartan SEA Regional Series, which has won him a spot in the highest ranking series, the Spartan World Championship.

Spartan races are tough and competitive obstacle racing courses are designed to test racers’ strength, endurance and skill. The races range from three miles to marathon distances that include obstacle courses along the way. Frequently presented obstacles include fire jump, climbing under barbed wire, wall climbing and monkey bars amongst others.

Adid has been actively participating in the 2019 Southeast Asia Regional Series where he competed in three different countries this year alone including Batangas, the Philippines in May 2019, Ipoh, Malaysia in July 2019 and Singapore in August 2019.

The Spartan World Championship Race hosted in Lake Tahoe is the pinnacle event of the obstacle course racing season, drawing thousands of athletes from more than 50 countries across the world. The Spartan Race is held in the US and has been franchised internationally.

Adid Kadir poses with the national flag. PHOTO: ADID KADIR