231 runners take part in the Red Bull Takeover Virtual Running Race
Turning Hong Kong into a giant playground, Challenging Participants’ Physical Limits in 3 HOURS
The Blue Team led by Utah Lee emerge Red Bull Takeover champions
The inaugural Red Bull Takeover, virtual running and orienteering team competition, proved to be a resounding success as 231 athletes representing the Red and Blue teams turned Hong Kong into their own giant playground. Led by two-time rope skipping world champion Timothy Ho (Red Team) and celebrity fitness coach Utah Lee (Blue Team), the runners selected their own starting points and routes and spent three hours between 3pm and 6pm racing against time.
It was a challenging test of teamwork and personal endurance as the participants went through more than 300 Checkpoints scattered around Kowloon and HK Island to earn points for their team. In the end, the Blue team led by Lee emerged as winners of Hong Kong’s first Red Bull Takeover, winning by a total of 1,822,640 points. The Timothy Ho’s Red team earned a total of 1,437,960 points. The competition for individual glory was fierce with Michael Fung and Candice Tse winning the men’s and women’s titles respectively.
The event offered a unique challenge to runners as they adapted their fitness, endurance and training to play a giant street game, using the mobile app “District” to visit the Checkpoints set up in various areas of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon to collect points. Apart from earning points through running and covering the distances required, participants were given extra tasks to increase the difficulty factor. These include workouts, quizzes, points boosters and Red Bull Energy Stations, all of which earn them extra points. The Blue team finished with 1,822,640 points.
In the individual competition, Michael Fung won the men’s division with 37,120 points followed by Rhydian Bell in second place with 30,800 points while Walter Ip finished third with 30,540 points.
Candice Tse won the women’s event with 35,000 points ahead of second-placed Tatjana Schaefer with 28,860 points and Joanna Pang, who finished third with 26,880 points.
Red team captain Ho said: “In addition to requiring endurance and speed, the Red Bull Takeover competition also tests the participants’ team spirit. Most of our teammates were deployed before the game to cover as many Checkpoints as they could within the time limit.”
Blue team captain Utah Lee said: “During the race, we can use our mobile app to track our respective real-time race points. It felt as if our competitors were nearby, which added to the excitement. In addition, different Checkpoints had different challenges and it was a big test for us.”
Blue team member Zero Keung, a fitness expert who participated in such a virtual event for the first time, said: “We met many participants along the way. Last ten minutes of the event was the key to scoring points in the game and we were very nervous.”
Apart from an intriguing and exciting day of competition, generous gifts for the contestants were offered to participants by sponsors. Among them, individual winners will each receive a Red Bull Takeover Trophy, a sixth generation Apple Watch and OtterBox Exo Edge protective covers, while the runners-up and third-placed finishers receive Airpods Pro and OtterBox Lumen Airpods protective covers. The top three also receive Decathlon HK$500 cash coupons.