• What sets DSV VenloStormt apart from other obstacle races?

    “DSV VenloStormt is all about conquering yourself and the challenging obstacles; alone or with your friends; working your way through dirt, mud and water. Camaraderie, fun, and making it to the finish are key to DSV VenloStormt. This is why we are starting off gently, so that anyone can participate. The course might become more challenging in the coming years. Performance-focused athletes can try to improve last year's time, while the rest can get acquainted with obstacle courses in an accessible way.“
  • Can I participate if I suffer from vertigo?

    “Try to see DSV VenloStormt as an opportunity to conquer your fears. You'll feel so proud of yourself when you cross the finish line. Conquering your fears, such as fear of heights, is an important part of this process. The highest obstacle is a whopping 6.5 m.”
  • Should I expect congestion during the course?

    “Because runners, and beginners in particular, need sufficient space while negotiating the obstacles, we allow 70 people to start every four minutes. This enables spreading of the participants throughout the course and minimises congestion. That being said, you might have to wait a short time before starting on certain obstacles.”
  • I'm a good runner. Does that mean I can successfully finish an obstacle course?

    “This will obviously vary from person to person. There are three very important issues here:
    • Running mainly strengthens your heart and lungs. Obstacle courses require strength as well, which demands a different type of preparation.
    • Running is often automatic – you don't have to think about it anymore. Obstacle courses are different – you have to pay attention and think continuously.
    • During running contests people often fall into a rhythm. This doesn't happen during an obstacle course because you have to negotiate obstacles all the time. Runners who run mainly long distances and do little interval training will find it more difficult to adapt than runners accustomed to speed running in the woods or interval training.“
  • How important is nutrition while training for DSV VenloStormt?

    “If you were preparing for a circuit car race, you would make sure the car is correctly fuelled and maintained. The same goes for races like DSV VenloStormt. Yes, the right nutrition is important for training for and competing in DSV VenloStormt.”
  • Nutrition-wise, what is the difference betweenDSV  VenloStormt and a running contest?

    “Training for and competing in DSV VenloStormt requires more power than running contests such as Venloop. A sufficient and good protein supply is therefore important, for fast and proper recovery between training sessions.”
  • How should I train for DSV VenloStormt?

    “Go play outside! Children learn to use their entire bodies through basic actions such as climbing, 'tiger' crawling and rolling. In short, a decent moving regimen in preparation for DSV VenloStormt consists mainly of: training outside. Another tip: make sure your training is varied, because obstacle runs challenge your entire body. You should train flexibility, stability and interdependent working of the muscles, among others. Joints and tendons should also be properly prepared.”
  • When should I start preparing for DSV VenloStormt?

    “You need to prepare your entire body for a challenge like DSV VenloStormt. Scientific research shows that you need at least two to three months. Runners beware: these two to three months apply to you as well as you will need to plan for extra power training in order to be able to scale the obstacles safely and efficiently. If you are not currently exercising, you'll need at least three to four months to properly prepare your muscles and tendons.”
  • What should I eat immediately before DSV VenloStormt?

    “Do what you would normally do before or during training sessions, because this is what your body is used to, and changing these habits right before a competition is not a good idea. What you can do is adapt your nutrition during training. Include sufficient proteins, minerals, trace elements, fibre and vitamins. This will help your body withstand the athletic stress and recover in between training sessions. You can achieve this by eating a balanced breakfast (i.e. yoghurt with muesli or rye bread), eating lots of fruits and vegetables, taking lots of fluids and healthy snacks like nuts and seeds.”
  • What type of shoes should I wear for DSV VenloStormt?

    “Make sure your shoes have sufficient grip to prevent slipping on the obstacles, which can result in nasty injuries. You can use normal running shoes, but they will get dirty. Special trail shoes are available as well. Specialised shoe shops can provide trail shoes or proper sports shoes that are adapted to your individual way of moving. Attention: don't wash your shoes in the washing machine after DSV VenloStormt. Washing destroys the softeners in the sole, making it less flexible, thereby losing up to 10% of its cushioning ability.”
  • How does a half marathon compare to the 21.4 km race of DSV VenloStormt?

    “The main difference is that long-distance running gets you into a rhythm, whereas during an obstacle course you need to restart after each obstacle. Scaling an obstacle raises your heart rate, which means you have to start again with a higher heart rate. This takes a lot of energy. You'll be somewhat more used to this if you train regularly in hilly or wooded terrains. If you normally run on asphalt at a continuous speed, you'll find it more challenging to run an obstacle course. Here's a tip: if you can just about manage a 21 km run, register for the 11.3 km obstacle course. If you can easily run 30 km or more, you could certainly try the 21.4 km race.”
  • What is wisdom in the last week before DSV VenloStormt?

    “Rest during the last week before DSV VenloStormt. This gives your joints and muscles more time to recover and absorb sugars. On race day it is best to only consume the foods and fluids that you have been consuming during training, because this is what your system has grown used to. Eat something healthy about three hours before the race, for instance a banana. You can do this during all your training sessions as well. Drinking lots of fluids is also important, as hydration can determine up to 10% of your performance.”
  • What would be a good training schedule for DSV VenloStormt?

    “A combination of running and strength training, at least twice a week. For strength training, think outdoor exercises such as squats, lunges and squat-jumps during your running training. Also include push-ups and pull-ups. If you find this difficult at first, start by doing push-ups on your knees or against a table.”
  • What is the best attire for DSV VenloStormt?

    “Functional attire is important: think layering, and avoid cotton clothing. The layers will help to get rid of moisture (you'll perspire and get wet at the obstacles) and retain heat (if it's cold) or get rid of heat (if it's hot). Seeing as DSV VenloStormt takes place in June, a 30-degree temperature is possible, in which case you should watch out for heat build-up. Try to experiment during training to decide what's right for you. You could also take off layers during the race, or have drinks available on the side.”
  • Will I get blisters if I run after hitting the water?

    “If you have trained sufficiently for DSV VenloStormt, your feet will have developed callus, which will reduce the risk of blisters. If you do develop blisters, you could change socks during the race.”
  • Should I wear long trousers for DSV VenloStormt?

    “Ladies often wear long or half-length tights for obstacle courses as there is a risk of hurting your knees while climbing and sliding over obstacles such as big boulders. Long trousers can be a good solution.”
  • Should I wear gloves for DSV VenloStormt?

    “Yes, we recommend wearing fingerless gloves; otherwise you might hurt your hands while climbing over hay bales. Gloves will also protect your hands from any sharp protruding bits on the boulders that also form part of the course. Some people don't like wearing gloves and accept risking a few minor wounds.”
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