Spartans like a challenge. Of that, there is no doubt. That’s why you are here, reading this page and preparing yourself mentally and physically for the next race. Spartan Race will always continue to push boundaries and that’s why we’re challenging those who are aiming for a Trifecta, to do it in one day.

That’s right. Think you can run a Beast, a Super and a Sprint all in one day? Then Ohio is the location for you. Held at The Wilds Safari Park and Conservation Centre, the terrain will not only be testing, but beautiful, too.

As you grapple with the obstacles and gnarly surfaces with that goal in mind, stay focused and that holy grail of a Trifecta in a day could be yours! If you need a heads-up of the day, here’s a full guide of what’s in store and how you can set about tackling what could be a very exhausting day for you. But that’s what the training is for, right?

Naturally, planning is key. Establish yourself a base at one of the many hotels and places of accommodation Columbus has to offer. Expedia has a great site that means you can filter your search to best suit your needs. Additionally, it also lists local points of interest, should the inclination take you to visit some historic landmarks or other places to see.

The venue is only a short car ride away from the city of Columbus, whether it be your own vehicle, taxi or hire car. Despite the huge sprawling event area, the road and traffic network in the area is very good. Naturally, the taxi option will also come in very useful for when you accept that free beer at the finish line! Spartans don’t drink and drive; they set an example!

Regardless of whether you feel like attacking the Trifecta or not, one decision that you may like to consider is making a longer stay of the area. Columbus is teeming with life and vibrancy and it would well be worth taking in another day or two to take in this beautiful city.

Dining isn’t an issue as restaurants are heavy in number and the range of choices is wide. By using this site put out by Urban Spoon, you can adjust your search to the specifics that tickle your fancy. Whether it be a steakhouse, pizza or one of the many vegetarian or vegan options, there is something to satisfy everyone’s palate.

Of course, celebrating your finish – or finishes, as the case may be – is only natural, so it will be useful to take note of the reviews on Yelp in the area. Find a bar near your hotel or wherever you are staying and you can check out the nearest and most reasonable or appealing settings to toast your latest addition to the medal hanger.

But the adults can’t have all the fun. If the kids are with you and still have energy to burn up after conquering the Kids Race, why not treat them to a visit to one of the amusement parks in the area? Fun for all the family and a pretty sure-fire way to get them exhausted for the evening, meaning you get a good night’s sleep!

Of course, you may be without children or younger ones, which means that if bars and other types of nightlife aren’t your thing, you could always see if Lady Luck is by your side and check out a casino. Remember to gamble responsibly! But when all is said and done, if you’ve finished a Spartan Race, it’s pretty much a guarantee that your body will by a little sore and you may have developed all manner of knots and pulls in those muscles. Why not treat yourself to a massage? Crossing a Spartan Race finish line is an award in itself, but why not indulge yourself with a prize of a nice, long pampering? You know you deserve it!

Whatever you decide to do at Ohio in terms of taking on all three levels, or whether you are happy with less than that, have a great time, watch your footing and we’ll see you at the finish line!

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Could there possibly be a more glorious background for a stadium Spartan Sprint in the US?

When you’re on the course, you can drink in the view of the San Francisco Bay to the east, historic Alcatraz to the North and the epic Golden Gate Bridge a little over 2 miles away. You’d have to pinch yourself to remind you that you’re on the clock. You’re being timed, so savor it by all means, but keep moving!

Getting ready for this race will have you making sure that steps – lots and lots of climbing steps – will be part of your on-going training. Aside from that, we won’t tell you a great deal other than to be ready for the usual and perhaps the not-so usual Spartan shenanigans. Spartans are prepared for anything!

This will be a fantastic opportunity to visit the beautiful city of San Francisco and naturally, for those that are planning a road trip, accommodation is the first point of order, so make sure to hit up TripAdvisor’s list of around 240 hotels in the area. Be sure to refine your search to the means that suit you best. Whether it be a cheap and cheerful stay or whether you think you deserve something a little more luxurious, there’ll be something there for you.

Don’t worry too much about getting around. The metro system will look after you as well as the thousands of taxis in the city. Of course, Joe would expect you to jog to the venue. Spartan up, folks!

But what and where to eat? All those obstacles, steps and perhaps just a few burpees are going to make you hungry. The second dilemma is choosing which of the hundreds of eateries there are in the area will be the ones to feed you. The choice is staggering, so it comes as a very welcome relief that the San Francisco Chronicle has compiled the best 100 places to dine. Check here and you’ll be pleased to see that the restaurants listed include extremely affordable choices, ranging from American to Mexican, Italian to French and even some off-the-beaten-track options like Moroccan and Scandinavian.

Naturally, as a failsafe, one website to keep handy is this one put out by the city themselves. Having handy tabs to use regarding food, accommodation, travel and most things in between, it’s very useful to have. Make a note of it!

While you are there, can you give up the chance to visit the Golden Gate Bridge? Tours are available and any self-respecting selfie fan should surely have this ticked off the list.

And surely any movie buff will want to check out the historic movie scenes and locations. Naturally, Bullitt with Steve McQueen springs to mind. Or how about Mrs Doubtfire – everyone’s favorite scary cross-dressing Irish nanny? Many other films used San Francisco as their backdrop, so be sure to check them out here.

Naturally, two films used the very real location of Alcatraz (“Escape From Alcatraz” and “The Birdman Of Alcatraz”) and if your itinerary includes the time, then you should visit Alcatraz Island. There are many boat tours available.

No visit to San Francisco could be complete without checking two of the most famous streets in America, namely, Filbert Street and Lombard Street. You’ve seen them many times on T.V., why not check them out? Try running up Filbert Street. See how you get on.

Just in case you would like to take in a musical legend while you are there, Tom Petty plays San Francisco the same weekend. See here.

All in all, there is so much to do and so much to see that you’ll rue that there’s only so many hours in a day. One thing we can assure you of is that we’ll be sure to see you at the finish line…

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On July 26th, the Spartan Race empire will descend on Washington DC, bringing with it barbed wire, fire and a whole lot of pain. Given that we’ll be in the nation’s capital, we thought we’d make it a little more interesting. Not content with pushing racers around a course that will inevitably lead to burpees by way of all manner of horrific obstacles, the course is set to be on a motorcross stage. That’s right. What normally requires a motorbike will be done by thousands of crazy individuals using only their bodies. You didn’t expect this to be easy now, did you?

Set in the grounds of the Wicomico Motorsports Park, you should be ready for terrain that simply won’t leave you alone. It’ll be harsh, uneven and almost certainly muddy. This is what we do, so if this will be your first race, get used to it very quickly, as while it’ll beat you down, you’ll want to do it all over again when you finish. Spartan Races have an odd habit of doing that.

Wicomico: Hopefully your engine will be comparable.

Remember that while the course will of course have water stations, you will want to prepare yourself with fluids and sunscreen. Washington DC has a habit of hitting the 90’s in July, so please consider some kind of lotion and hat. Those of you with devices that hold water like packs or belts will certainly want to make use of them. There is a little shading by way of the trees, but don’t count on them being part of the course. We may use those trails, we may not. You’ll find out on the day.

For those wishing to make a road trip to what will be a very exciting event, the first priority would have to be that of accommodation. Thankfully, well within driving distance is the great city of Washington and booking.com have very neatly organized a list of hotels and places to stay that mean you can rest up before and after putting yourself through some Hellish miles of barbed wire, rocks, ropes and fires. On offer are hostels with prices as low as $24, right through to the somewhat more spacious and luxurious hotels that carry a weightier price tag.

If you’re flying in and need a rental car, this a full and comprehensive list of options laid out very easily by expedia.com right here, so you may like to check that out if you plan to make a long weekend of your stay. Frankly, why wouldn’t you? With so much history, it would be a missed opportunity if you failed to take in some of the more famous sights and monuments in Washington. The Capitol Building, The Jefferson Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Washington Monument and of course The White House. There are many other places to visit and see, so check out links like this one from factmonster or this one from traveltips. Naturally, if you’re with the kids, they’re going to need something that’ll stimulate them as much as the Spartan Kids Race.

History oozes from the very pores of Washington.

Water Parks, County Fairs, outdoor recreation like zip lining and rope courses can all be found within the area. Click here for a guide put together by about.com to keep the little ones amused while the parents or guardians can also join in, should they want to. How much energy are you going to have spare after tearing up the course, anyway?

When it comes to grabbing a bite to eat, why gamble on something that might not be as good as it looks and let the locals help you. With a thorough and complete guide – with reviews – of restaurants in all the boroughs, there’s almost certainly going to be something there for you.

So, continue with your training (you’re going to need it) and we’ll see you in Washington for the Sprint.

See you at the finish line!

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Nestled in the bossom of the Mountain Creek Waterpark, set in the midst of 167 acres of glorious woodland trails, is the setting for the New Jersey Super Spartan.

Hopefully your training will have included gnarly terrain on trails that will take in uneven ground, and you can appreciate that delightful way in which sunlight will shine a beam between the leaves and hit you just when you don’t expect it.

Last year provided us with one of the most intense finishes to date, when David Magida edged out Alec Blenis by a mere 12 seconds over the unforgiving course. Alec quickly coming back for revenge and taking the top spot the following day with Elliott Megquir and Brain Hoover claiming the remaining podium spots. Could this year be closer? Elise Fugowski made sure her name was heard by winning the lady’s Saturday title, with the ever-dangerous Debbie Moreau winning on Sunday. With training regimes more demanding and with more intensity than ever, and more and more competition making their own elbow room, it looks set to be another exciting race.

Naturally, it wouldn’t be the same without a mountain to climb, so you’ll be pleased to hear that Mountain Creek has an elevation of 1,480ft. That’s more than ample to get those legs roasting nicely. Make sure the muscle memory is finely tuned for that one. It’s also good to know that there isn’t just one mountain waiting for you. All four peaks are as welcoming as the one before, but the question is, “how many will there be on the course?” That will be something you’ll find out on the day, of course. You didn’t actually think we were going to tell you, did you?

Getting to the venue is in itself very easy.

From Central NJ:
Take the Garden State Parkway to exit 153 to Rt. 3 West.
Take Rt. 46 West to Rt. 23 North.
Exit on the right on Rt. 515 North to Rt. 94 South to Mountain Creek.

From NYC: 
Take the Lincoln Tunnel to Rt. 3 West to Rt. 46 West.
Take Rt. 23 North from Rt. 46 West.
Exit on the right on Rt. 515 North to Rt. 94 South to Mountain Creek.

From Philadelphia:
Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 10 for Rt. 287
North.Take Rt. 23 North up to Rt. 515 North.
From Rt. 515, take Rt. 94 South to Mountain Creek.

From Long Island & NYC:
Take the George Washington Bridge to Rt. 80 West.
Merge onto Rt. 23 North.
Take Rt. 515 North to Rt. 94 South to Mountain Creek.

For those wishing to rest their bones who aren’t local to the area, there are two hotels (Alpine Haus and Quality Inn near Mountain Creek in Vernon) which are conveniently situated on the doorstep of the venue. If those locations don’t suit your fancy, thankfully there are a range of other places to stay with only minimal driving or transportation to consider. Expedia lists over 60 places within easy reach of the venue, so there will be plenty of choice for the traveler.

One place of note is the Crystal Golf Resort. Not just for the accommodation and experience, but also noteworthy is their decadent spa, specifically the wonderful  massages that are available. Tired muscles after a Spartan Race will always appreciate the soreness rubbed away, so this is always an option worth considering. Check out the resort website right here and you’ll see the vast array of services they offer.

If you still haven’t had your fill of excitement, and you’re some kind of adrenalin-crazed super-human, then Zoom Ziplines may be the answer to your excess energy! With four ziplines ranging from 200ft to 1,500ft, you’ll not only get great panoramic views, but some amazing selfies for your Instagram account.

Of course, away from the hurly-burly, there’s also something for the more relaxed soul. There’s the Tunis-Ellicks Historic House & Museum which is guaranteed to quench even the fiercest thirst for knowledge. The circa 1800 Tunis-Ellicks House, building, historic gardens, and museum collection welcomes visitors searching to gain a sense of daily life in a representative New Jersey farming community. The house is encircled by an authentic re-creation of an 1800 parlor garden, and contains more than 120 varieties of herbs and perennials. Just be sure to call the number on the web page prior to your visit.

Despite the small localized area, there are still a wide range of places to dine. Italian, Chinese, BBQ, or even good old fashioned American style, a selection put together by Tripadvisor right here will happily point you in the right direction for something delicious to eat.

If driving is not your thing, say for example, you’d like a cocktail or beer and would prefer to let a taxi take care of you, the Yellow Pages lists several companies serving the Vernon area. Remember, Spartans don’t drink and drive, so let someone else take the wheel.

And when it comes to somewhere to drink and be merry, Yelp is always a useful asset in making sure you find a place that suits your purposes, and perhaps even the style of surroundings that you’d prefer while relaxing with a drink.

Naturally, driving oneself can sometimes be a little quicker, so if you’d like to take care of yourself in that regard, plus perhaps exploring the local area, Roadside America has a page for you that lists some places that can help you in hiring a vehicle.

Vernon has its own website which offers an overview of the area by listing local attractions, things to see and do, as well as places to stay, eat and drink should other sites have mistakenly missed them. In such a beautiful area of the country, it would always be a good idea to drink in the surroundings, and not just see the metaphorical roses, but smell them too.

Being this close to New York may mean that some of you might wish to make the short 60 mile journey to The Big Apple to check that visit off the bucket list. If you need a heads-up of things to do or places to see, Spartan Race has already compiled a quick overview of the city right here, so be sure to check that out and we’ll see you at the finish line.

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How many times in the life of the average person can they say that they competed at an Olympic-quality venue? When was the last time you were in an event at the same place Olympians were tested in their pursuit of gold? We’d wager that the number would be quite low. But register for the Beast in Utah and you will be scaling the very same hills that competitors from around the world were tested on during the winter Olympic games in 2002. And let’s not make any mistake here, we’re talking about events that needed not just muscle, but will too; the biathlon, cross-country skiing and Nordic combined (the cross-country skiing portion).

Since the Olympics and Paralympics, Soldier Hollow has continued the tradition of ski racing and biathlon, by playing host to the Under 23 World Championships in 2004 and U.S. Championships in 2005 and 2006. Spartan Race takes its choice of venues very seriously. This is the Spartan Beast and you’re going to know and feel it.

In less than an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City, just outside of the beautiful Swiss-settled town of Midway, the Soldier Hollow venue sits under the watchful eyes of the Wasatch Mountains. A truly epic venue and one of the most stunningly beautiful landscapes in the Spartan Race calendar. With the weather also expected to reach its usual high 80’s temperature, be prepared for a testing, but memorable day. Naturally, running at altitude in this heat, we’d always advise you to carry your own hydration in addition to the water stations we will have on course.

For the traveler, there are a range of accommodation options very close to the venue in the aforementioned town of Midway.  On the Midway website of the town itself, you will find lodging options there and given the friendly and hospitable nature of the locals, this may be an avenue you’d like to explore. Drink in the atmosphere of the Swiss theme throughout the town, making note especially of the architecture which oozes Germanic charm and overtones.

If you’d prefer the bright lights of the big city, a wider selection of hotels can be found here for options when it comes to accommodation. Given that you’ve made the journey, why not make a long weekend out of it and try out some more fun things to do? There’s go-karting, Seven Peaks Waterpark or even the always fun time of paint-balling.

But naturally, you’ll be hungry. Whether it’s the carb-loading the day before, or replenishing those calories that you burned off, frankly, you are spoilt for choice. There is even a specialized site you can use that is all about the Herber Vally area. Within this, there are drop down menus for the cuisine style, category and even price level, so you can choose precisely the type of experience you like. This very same site offers options for places to stay, and things to do, so be sure to check that out.

If you’d prefer to head back to Salt Lake City, Urban Spoon has listed almost a thousand places for you to choose from. With the same handy drop down menus that can target specific cuisine styles, prices and even the neighborhood local to where you are staying. So, should you decide that something Asian would tickle your taste buds after conquering the Soldier Hollow course, then the options are there. Brazilian, Indian, European… it’s all there.

Salt Lake City always welcomes Spartan Racers.

If a taxi is what you need, Yelp has a great selection and naturally, as is the nature of Yelp, you can read past reviews of their service. Of course, if you’d much rather hire a car and drive yourself, there are plenty of car hire options via Expedia right here.

You may have heard about how alcohol is dealt with a little tighter in Utah than perhaps other states. To make it very clear for visitors, Utah.gov has neatly listed the laws regarding the buying and consumption of alcohol right here. Naturally, Spartans behave appropriately at all times anyway, but sometimes if you’re unsure of local laws, it’s always wise to make sure you know what the situation is.

So get ready for the Beast and make sure your training includes lots of muscle memory. If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail.

See you at the finish line…

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Just the words “Virginia Super Spartan Race” sends shivers down the spines of many who witnessed what course designer Norm Koch prepared for them last year. One of the most brutal courses in the history of Spartan Race left many competitors really experiencing what it meant to “know at the finish line”. Those Blue Ridge Mountains just seem to go on and on, don’t they?

Virginia 2013 was also notable for the emergence of Matt Novakovich, who exploded from nowhere to not only win, but dared to beat the legend, Hobie Call, by around two minutes. The Alaskan has since gone on from strength to strength and is now a regular podium finisher and a staple of the Spartan Pro Team.

So, what’s in store this year? Well, let’s just say that while, as per usual, we’re not giving anything away, we’ll just tell you that having good leg muscle memory will be useful to you. With the race being a Super, there will be at least 8 miles of obstacles and trails. We’re going to put down 3 water stations for you, but if you don’t think that will suffice, by all means bring your own means of carrying fluids. Cramping and dehydration aren’t fun things to experience and bear in mind that Nellysford experiences average temperatures in the mid 80’s in August, as with most things Spartan related, if you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail.

For those making a road trip to the beautiful surroundings of the Wintergreen Resort in Nellysford, the first priority is somewhere to stay. By clicking here, you can have a browse through which hotels tick your relevant boxes. If you’d prefer something a little cheaper, there is a hostel close by that might be able to help you. With the accommodation in the area all boasting good reviews, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll be well looked after.

There’s also the option of the good old-fashioned bed and breakfast, should you choose to go down that route. With all the establishments with reviews scoring either 4 out of 5 or higher, it’s clear that making travelers and strangers welcome is something that Charlottesville excels at.

The same goes for when you want to either carb up or replace all those calories you’ll have burned off on the course – because trust us, you will!

There are almost 450 restaurants and places to eat that are featured on Tripadvisor’s site and thanks to their site, you can select the style you are looking for, if you have those pangs for something particular. Whether it be your typical American steakhouse, or if it’s something a little more exotic, such as Greek, Indian or Thai cuisine. With so much on offer and such a broad range available, there will almost certainly be something that will fill whichever hunger hole you have.

Some of the best terrain is waiting for you.

But if having a drink and possibly shaking your stuff is something that is high on your list of priorities, that’s well covered in the reviews section on Yelp for the area. Additionally, you have a selection of wine bars, nightclubs and even “dive” bars, if you prefer that kind of thing. Again, with many scoring very high and positive reviews, having a good time is an almost certainty.

Naturally, the responsible Spartan makes sure there’s a designated driver if alcohol passes the lips, but if not there are some local taxi companies that will be able to make sure you get back to your accommodation safe and sound.

For more information about the area, there is a very useful website that is all about Charlottesville. Have a look here and you’ll find out about things to see and do, just in case you choose to make a long weekend of it after celebrating your Super finish.

See you at the finish line!

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Last year, Spartan Race served up a race that left many racers gasping for air. The Nebraska Sprint now spoken about in hushed tones with many competitors seeking a revenge on a course that, on the surface of it, looked easy. This façade was quickly removed to show the grinning, malevolent face that hide beneath. This year, people may believe they are prepared, but we’ll see.

So a trip to Nebraska, then. Be ready. From terrain to weather, Nebraska is one of those races where you will be punished if you take it for granted. With the race taking place in mid-July, be ready for temperatures that can easy hit the high 80’s and often creeps into the 90’s, too. If you’re not comfortable with being out in the heat for any length of time, especially when dealing with a course designed to beat you down, please consider carrying your own fluids by way of a camelback or fuel belt.

If you’re not local or near enough to drive to and from on the same day, you’ll clearly need some kind of accommodation. Or a place to lay down and wash the mud off, at least. Thankfully, Expedia has compiled a list of over 50 places you can stay at for the weekend in question. With many recognizable names in the area, all within spitting distance of the race venue, there’s bound to be a room for you nearby.

Naturally, burning off the calories means you’ll be hungry afterwards. Carb-loading the day before, if that’s your preference, will also need to be catered for. Luckily, Tripadvisor has already done that. Almost 550 in Lincoln alone with style ranging from Italian to Asian and Indian to good old-fashioned American, there’s something for everyone – even you vegetarian and Paleo types!

If the family are in tow and he kids need something to do, don’t forget that the Spartan Kids Race is always open to kids from the age of 4-13. Before and after the race, if you are making an extended visit, there are all manner of places to go that the whole family will enjoy. The Champions Fun Center boasts not just an arcade, but go karts and batting cages too. Not your thing? Well there’s bowling an miniature golf too. With all manner of rides and attractions, there is a lot to do and enjoy, so check them out here. Lost In Fun is another option, with inflatable jumpers, fun mazes, arcades, basketball courts and even lazer tag. There’s a toddler area too, so if you parents need a while to get the feeling back in your arms from carrying junior, there’s always a place to grab a few moments to yourself. Check out Lost In Fun right here.

With all manner of other activities available to the family right here, there’s very little scope for boredom. With zoos, lazer tag, museums and parks all very close to one another, there’s something for everyone. In fact, another list compiled by Travellingmom highlights 9 things you can do that are either free or very cheap.

Naturally, we can sympathize if you feel the need to get a taxi after pounding your feet. And while we can’t always condone getting a ride if something is within running distance, there is an extensive list of taxi companies available to anyone that might need one.

Remember to sign up here for the Sprint in Nebraska and we’ll see you at the finish line…

On June 28th, the Spartan Race tour will see the Sprint land in Uncasville, CT. Specifically, at the Mohegan Sun – a venue where it’s pretty much impossible to get bored. Let’s take a closer look at what’s in store.

Firstly, let’s look at the terrain, as in truth, that’s why we’re all here. Well, of course, as with most Spartan Races, you can expect hills. Rolling, relentless hills. Naturally, we prefer the ones that won’t quit and seem to play a game of cat-and-mouse with you. Of course it sucks. That’s the whole point! The surrounding area has a forest deliberately planted as a carbon offset established for the Mohegan Tribe, so be prepared for all kinds of surfaces to run on. With the vast expanse of forests and wooded areas, some of the trails we will have for you may be shaded. Or not. You honestly didn’t think we would just straight-up tell you, did you?

One thing we will give you a heads-up about is the weather. With the race taking place towards the end of June, expect the sun to beat down a tune that strikes chords well into the 80’s. We’d advise that you hydrate well and if you’re worried about not getting enough fluids, then please consider investing in a hydration system such as a camelback or fuel belt.

What about after the racing is done and you need somewhere to stay? With ample room for the traveling Spartan, your bed is on the race doorstep. With close to 1,400 rooms available, accommodation is well catered for. Never forget that the Mohegan Sun is one of the biggest casino and hotel resorts in the world.

As such, the evening festivities boast a long list of options. Firstly, the very same night, it just so happens that rock gods Boston play with special guests Cheap Trick. Imagine getting rested after destroying the course and then rocking the night away to two of the world’s most popular giants of classic rock in a 10,000 seater stadium. Tickets on sale here.

Classic rock not your thing? Well then how about the lure of over 6,500 slot machines and close to 400 table games? The Mohegan Sun casino is well known for its gigantic size, so why not have a cheeky flutter while you are there? Don’t forget the poker room has 40 tables that are open all day. The race book offers live horse or greyhound racing from around the U.S. as well as from Australia and England. It also offers wagering on jai-alai from Florida.

The resort also boasts many other features within the complex, including a 350 seater cabaret room, multiple restaurants and over 130,000 sq ft of retail shopping.

Other features include The Casino of the Sky, a planetarium-like domed ceiling, utilizing fiber optics to display the sun, moon, and stars (though not in actual star patterns), accompanying the lighting effects of the Wombi Rock, which is a three-story high crystal mountain crafted of alabaster and more than 12,000 individual plates of hand-selected onyx from quarries in Iran, Pakistan, and Mexico; which were transported to Carrara, Italy and fused into glass. There’s also the 55 ft (17 m) high indoor waterfall called “Taughannick Falls”, representing a treacherous crossing point during the Mohegan tribe’s migration.

The decor is Native American style in many aspects. The artwork throughout the casino and the structural design has Native American feel. In addition, several mechanical wolves stand high atop rock structures inside the gaming areas that occasionally sit back and howl lightly. There’s also a new buffet called the Seasons Buffet that replaced both the Seasons and Sunburst Buffet.

Are you certain that staying for just one night will be enough?

But if you don’t want to stay in the resort and would like to drink a more cultural flavor, then why not take a sip of the The Mystic Seaport, the museum of American and the Sea. With a less than 30 minute drive to the south, you can visit this fascinating archive of all things American maritime. Over the weekend of the Sprint, The Mystic Seaport will be going through the event, The Plein Air Painters of the Maritime Gallery.

A similar distance drive away to the south and you’ll find the Mystic Aquarium. With animals like penguins, Beluga whales and even reptiles and the resident star, Ziggy the seal, there is more than enough to put a spell over the kids as well and mom and dad alike.

Still need more options? Try this link for over 100 other things in the area that are either cheap or free that has things for everyone to consider.

With more accommodation available around the Groton Shopping Center including Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden, Best Western and more, you’ll still be well within driving distance of Mohegan Sun with more things to do before and after the event.

Here is some help with the accommodation.

Mohegan Sun (Staff and Host Hotel)
Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun
Group code: G-SPRR

Best Western
1.888.863.7847
Mention “Spartan Race” for discount rate

Courtyard Marriott Norwich
Courtyard Marriott Norwich Spartan Block
Book your group rate: Spartan Race

Mystic Marriott
1.877.901.6632

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and we’ll see you at the finish line…

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All the signs are there. The Tri-state double header weekend is looking to be the biggest Spartan Race event of all time and arguably, the biggest OR of all time. As it stands, 17,000 people will witness the brutality that the Spartan staff have designed for them. So, not only would being there make you a part of history, but you’d have bragging rights amongst all your friends and relatives within the OR and running community.

Let’s have a closer look at the venue. The mountains alone stretch over 100 acres within the staggering 25,000 acres of Sterling Forest State Park. You could say it’s big. There are 4 double chairlifts, so if you want to get a bird’s eye view of how your husband, wife, brother, sister or whoever it may be, you can do so from the comfort of your chair and see below you as they sweat and grimace through the course that we’ve laid out for them.

But here’s the thing, why don’t you make a weekend of it? Tuxedo Ridge is less than an hour from Manhattan and realistically, why wouldn’t you want to take just one bite of The Big Apple while you have the chance? You’ve seen it in film, TV, magazines and online so many times. The Statue Of Liberty, Ground Zero, Madison Square Gardens, Wall Street, Coney Island… the landmarks and things to see are waiting for you and the list of things to see and do just go on and on. Why not check out Ellis Island and visit the immigration museum and learn about how immigration made the U.S. so great?

Only a hop and a skip further down the street from the ferry that lets you take in Lady Liberty and Ellis Island is the famous bull on Wall Street. Who cares if you’re clearly a tourist? These are landmarks worth noting. Broadway is another sight to behold and obviously, Times Square at night is something quite magical.

From Northern Manhattan all the way down to Brooklyn, there is simply so much to see and experience, whether it be Soho or Chinatown, to Little Italy or the world famous Central Park, there really isn’t time to get bored. There’s simply too much to see. Don’t worry if you start to flag or get tired, from personal experience, there seems to be a coffee shop on every block, so you’ll perk up in no time!

If accommodation is your first hurdle, then don’t worry. At the last count, Expedia.com tells us that there are over 600 hotels in the New York City area alone. Finding somewhere to rest your muddied head shouldn’t be a problem. Although we’re pretty sure that they’re prefer it if you showered first.

If you don’t have a car, there are still means of transportation to Tuxedo. This link will help those out that prefer not to drive. On that note, the subway system for getting around NYC, should you decide to stay before and after the race, is superb. Add the famous yellow cabs to that and you’re pretty much covered in the traveling stakes.

Nightlife? Where do you start? There are thousands. Literally, hundreds upon hundreds of places to eat, drink and be merry. It’s hard to even know where to start. Thankfully, TimeOut compiled a handy guide that even the grumpiest or hard-to-cater-for individual will find useful for finding a spot to try out.

Eating, drinking and dancing not your thing? Don’t care for historical landmarks? How about touring New York’s various movie landmarks? You could always check out Riverside Park in Manhattan, just north of 96th Street where in the meeting of all the gangs, Cyrus asked us in the movie “The Warriors”, “Can you dig it?”, as well as all the other landmarks from the classic. Here’s a link that gives you a heads-up. You could even visit the Ghostbusters HQ at what is the 8 Hook And Ladder fire station at 14 North Moore Street. Although we wouldn’t recommend driving like Popeye Doyle in The French Connection, you could always see where Gene Hackman played the famous role in that scene on Brooklyn’s 86th St. If you go down 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, be sure to strut your funky stuff like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Although, unlike the kids from Fame, dancing all over the hoods and roofs of cars in Times Square would probably have you arrested now. You may live forever and learn how to fly (high), but you’ll be doing it in jail. For the ultimate classic, how about going to 52nd St. and Lexington Ave? That’s where Marilyn Monroe had the skirt scene in The Seven Year Itch.
Naturally, it would be impossible to list every film ever shot on location in NYC, but for unashamed movie nerds, New York is a gold mine.

If not film, then how about music? Visit 53rd & 3rd if you’re a Ramones fan, sadly, CBGB’s – the classic music venue – doesn’t exist anymore at 315 Bowery, but you can see where Kiss took the album cover photo of ‘Dressed To Kill’ at 23rd & 8th or perhaps Led Zepplin’s ‘Physical Graffiti” at St. Mark’s Place between First Avenue & Avenue A. The Door’s got their picture from ‘Strange Days’ at 150-158 East 36th Street and let’s not forget The Who’s ‘The Kids Are Alright’ at the monument at 116th Street and Morningside Drive.

Simply put, the list just goes on and on. Theatre, indoor pursuits, outdoor pursuits, museums, parks… it’s hard to know where to begin and end, and making a long weekend of your Spartan Race here will be the beginning of a love affair with The Big Apple. Go on, have a nibble. They say it keeps the doctor away.

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Last year, Spartan Race was embraced by the infinite warmth and hospitality of Kalispell. The inaugural Spartan Sprint that year will forever be remembered by not just the mountains, trees and views that just wouldn’t quit, but also by the generosity and friendliness of the community that welcomed Spartan racers from across the country into its heart.

This is why Spartan Race is so excited to return to Flathead Lodge Road and do it all over again. Arguably the most scenic Sprint on the schedule, but by no means the easiest. Many argued that Montana belied its beauty and hid one of the hardest – and therefore “ugliest” – Sprints in 2013. Remember that the terrain is there to break you. It’s beautiful, but it’s still your enemy.

Never was the term “beware of Greeks bearing gifts” more apt. Study your history, folks.

So what to expect? Hills. Lots of hills. They never seem to end, but it’s balanced out beautifully with that fantastic, lush smell of the trees as they wave to the gentle zephyrs that dance through the branches. Weather-wise, you can expect highs of around the mid 60’s, while lows can give you a sharp slap with a cheeky 39 degrees. Pack accordingly, as it can be a bit of a lottery. You didn’t expect this to be easy now, did you?

There are plenty of hotels to choose from if accommodation is proving to be a headache for you. In Kalispell you have the likes of Best Western, Hilton Garden, Aero Inn and countless others. Some of these hotels may even welcome Spartan Racers with a slight discount, although you’d have to check with them to be sure.

But given that you’ve traveled all the way to Montana, why not savor one or two tastes of the cultural stew that simmers away there? Check out this link for a site that will guide you through Kalispell’s downtown, including the museums, historical interest and what’s going on.

All that running around and rolling through mud mixed with forest debris will make you hungry and as such, you’ll need to know where to eat. Well, you are absolutely spoilt for choice. A quick check on Tripadvisor.com lists nearly 140 in Kalispell and there are no excuses for somewhere to replace everything you burnt off, or, should you need to carb-up the day before.

Are the kids with you? Well how about you take them to Family Fun Center in Kalispell? With Lazer Tag, bowling, inflatables, and everything in between, you can watch the kids wear themselves out and give you a quiet night as they recover. Check out this link that will give you all the information you need. Playing in a Bounce Zone with various inflatable shapes counts as Spartan training, doesn’t it?

This fine town also boasts a number of casinos if you feel that your luck is in. Why not try out a poker room or spin the roulette wheel?

A vast number of bars are also available, so there are no excuses for boredom when the race is over. Check here for a list to get you started!

All in all, if you miss this gem of a race, don’t say we didn’t warn you. One of the most underrated races on the circuit is offering you its hand. It’s down to you to accept and Spartan on.

See you at the finish line…

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