The sole international participant from Nigeria, Njoku Genevive Ucheci emerged champion at the Gua Tempurung Lipstick Challenge 2016 on Sunday, January 31 at the cave.

Genevive, 38, completed the 12km extreme 10-obstacle run in 17 minutes and 24 seconds, all the while making sure the lipstick applied on her lips was intact at the finishing line.

As an amateur runner, she thought that the competition was quite tough and it tested her physical as well as mental strength.

“I prepared by running for 10-15km a day for a week. I always join runs. I look forward to joining it again in the future and seeing what surprise challenges the organisers could offer next,” Genevive, who is a policewoman, shared.

She added that the championship was part of her training before representing her country at the Olympics qualification trial on Saturday, February 6.

She won a cash prize of RM500, presented by the Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Multimedia and Communications, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi.

Second place fell to Sin Pei Chan with a recorded time of 1:20:35 while T. Anuratha won third placing with her time of 1:21:01.

The first-of-its-kind competition which required its participants to put on lipstick was joined by over 150.

Each contestant had to overcome ten obstacles which included rubber trouble, tyre step, crawling maze, amazing spider, wooden bridge, brick shoes, wall breaker, slippery mat, mud mad and hang on.

According to Nolee, the challenge which ran on the concept of sports tourism would be able to attract international tourists to the state.

“After this, we target even more attractive tourism destinations in the state for similar programmes in the future,” she said after the prize-giving ceremony.

Luqman