Watch: Meet the finalists of the 2016 Subaru Car Challenge

They held on for more than 70 hours
by Jason Tulio | Nov 21, 2016

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Have you ever had to wait in line for a really long time? (UP grads, you don't have to reply) Say, to enroll for college courses or to file some papers at a government office. It sucks, doesn't it? It's tiring, it's boring, it hurts your feet, and you usually have to hold something in while you wait. Now multiply that feeling by over 70 hours and you can begin to imagine the difficulty that constestants go through in the Subaru Car Challenge.

The annual contest held in Singapore is pretty simple: contestants place their palm on a Subaru and see who can hold on the longest. The last man or woman standing wins a brand-new Subaru. Participants only get a five-minute break every six hours to eat, drink, go to the bathroom, or whatever else they need to do. And that's it. Of course, standing outside with little food, water, and sleep is more difficult than the contest's mechanics would have you believe. Considering that this year's finalists lasted over three days, the competition is a stern test of mental, physical, and emotional will. 

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This year, 399 hopefuls vied for the ultimate prize. When it was all said and done, three finalists were left standing. One of them, Alex Neblasca, proudly flew the flag for Team Philippines. Watch this video to meet the 2016 Subaru Car Challenge finalists and to gain an appreciation for their wonderful achievements. 

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