A new fitness survival challenge is in the works and it is being developed by IMG in partnership with survival expert Bear Grylls, called the Bear Grylls Survival Challenge (BGSC).
Grylls gained international notoriety for his show Man vs. Wild, which aired from 2006-2011 and followed the UK Chief Scout through some of the world’s most dangerous and remote locations, armed with only his experience. He has completed a number of famed expeditions, including climbing to the summit of Mount Everest (at the age of 23), circumnavigating the British Isles on a jet ski and crossing the Atlantic unassisted in an open rigid inflatable boat.
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Grylls put adventure expeditions on the map and now athletes in the United States and Europe will have the chance to put their own wiles to the test. The inaugural BGSC will take place in Los Angeles at Blue Cloud Movie Ranch April 28 and 29, 2018. The course will take participants on a 4-mile, off-road journey filled with 18 unique survival scenario challenges. The course will be made up of five environments that athletes will have to navigate: apocalyptic highway, cave complex, deserted village, mountain ascent/descent and snake infested swamp.
“I developed this course with one simple principle in mind: being fit is one thing; but the true test of strength is in survival,” said Bear Grylls in a press release. “This is a natural progression for endurance sport. Seeking to test not just our physical capabilities, but also our mental agility, resourcefulness and never-say-die spirit in real-life survival situations.”
Athletes will be provided with a Bear Grylls Survival Pack with everyday items that can be used on course, and upon completing the race will be awarded a Bear Grylls Survival Score to help them check their rank among other finishers. A finish line festival including music, merchandise and food/drink vendors will cap off the event.
Registration for the first event opens September 2017 at beargryllssurvivalchallenge.com.