For those looking for a playful, character-building, and decidedly tough challenge, Spartan Race is offering one free entry for a reader who’d like to test their mettle against a military-inspired obstacle course.
The obstacle race series includes the Spartan Sprint (3 miles of obstacle racing), the Super Spartan (8 miles), the Spartan Beast (12 miles), and the Ultra Beast (26-plus miles — one of two marathon obstacle courses along with Mudderthon). Spartan Race also has a military series, with obstacles designed by the U.S. military.
Upcoming events in California include the Malibu Sprint on Dec. 6, the So-Cal Beast on Jan. 17, So-Cal Sprint on Jan. 18, and another So-Cal Sprint on Jan. 25. Other warm-climate winter events will be held in February and March in Arizona, Tampa, the Bahamas, Atlanta, and Hawaii.
- 12/06/14 Malibu SPRINT – Santa Monica, CA
- 12/07/14 Malibu SPRINT – Santa Monica, CA (both these days were about 90% full at time of publishing – you’d have to hurry on this one or be willing to choose a different location if it’s full)
- 01/17/15 SoCal BEAST – Vail Lake, CA
- 01/18/15 SoCal SPRINT – Vail Lake, CA
- 01/24/15 SoCal SUPER – Vail Lake, CA (this is the race I am most likely doing, FYI)
- 01/25/15 SoCal SPRINT – Vail Lake, CA
- 02/07/15 Arizona SPRINT – McDowell Mountains, AZ
- 02/08/15 Arizona SPRINT – McDowell Mountains, AZ
- 03/07/15 Atlanta SPRINT – Atlanta, GA
- 03/08/15 Atlanta SPRINT – Atlanta, GA
- 04/11/15 Charlotte SPRINT – Charlotte, NC
- 04/12/15 Charlotte SPRINT – Charlotte, NC
- 04/18/15 Las Vegas SUPER – Las Vegas, NV
Obstacle racing has experienced a surge of popularity since Spartan Race held its first event in 2010. In the series, competitors travel on foot along a course featuring various physical challenges that must be surmounted before they reach the finish. Running and walking is interspersed with climbing, jumping, balancing, and even throwing spears. While this has a basis in military training, obstacle racing appeals to the masses because of its playground-like atmosphere that’s simultaneously challenging and playful. Success in the race requires a combination of endurance, speed, strength, and dexterity. Because of this, obstacle race training also provides its own variability and full-body benefits.
Obstacles include a fire jump over open flames, crawling through the mud under a barb-wire fence, a series of walls that must be scaled or passed underneath, a spear throw, carrying objects such as a tire or a bucket filled with rocks, hoisting a cement block or rock bucket, traversing ropes or walls, rope climbs, log jumps, and even a gladiator arena. To help participants prepare for the variable challenges, the organization offers guided workouts-of-the-day, nutrition tips, and planned workouts held in cities all over the country. Dan Krueger, the media contact for Spartan Race, said the company’s goal is to promote overall health and fitness.
Learn more about Spartan Race at http://www.spartan.com. Use the code SPARTANBLOGGER to receive a 10 percent discount on the race entry fee.
For a chance at a free entry for an open heat in any Spartan Race in the continental Unites States, leave a comment at the bottom this post. The winner will be chosen at random on Nov. 26 and contacted by e-mail to receive the free entry.