by Carrie Adams
When we rolled into Texas for the first Spartan Sprint of the season, even our current and undefeated champion Hobie Call thought he’d catch a break. “I was excited to be running a race that was only three miles long. I thought, this will be easy, I’ll get right back to training afterwards. This race was the toughest! The obstacles were brutal.”
Don’t let distances fool you. Three miles can be an eternity when you drop a dozen obstacles that challenge you physically and mentally throughout the course. There are four levels to the Spartan Racing circuit. The Spartan Sprint, the Super Spartan, the Spartan Beast, and the Spartan Death Race. Racing trails with obstacles can be intimidating if you’re new to the sport but we are profiling each event giving you an idea of where to start, where to go next, and how to use the Spartan WOD (Work outs of the Day) to train yourself to get faster and stronger regardless of your beginning fitness level.
Spartan Sprints are muddy 3+ mile events with 10 or more obstacles. The challenging sprint races are a great way to get off your couch and start living. Beginners to hardcore warriors, and marathon runners alike come out to test themselves on the insane obstacles! This 5k race is comprised of mud runs, obstacles, trail racing, physical challeneges and mental challenges. 99.9% of all people who try this event will finish, and 100% will have their thirst for mud fully satisfied! Top 3 Males and top 3 Females at each Spartan Sprint qualify for a free entry into a Super Spartan of his or her choice.The challenges continue to mount as you move up the pyramid and the Spartan Sprint is the baseline for the races that are put on by Spartan Race.
Russell Cohen, a Spartan Race Course Director says, “We’re always thinking of appealing to a broad range of people… from basic weekend warriors to elite athletes.”
This race does just that. It’s a good starting spot for obstacle racers who want to find out what Spartan is about. Moving up the pyramid, there is a Super Spartan where the course goes from three to eight miles, and the Spartan Beast, a special edition Spartan Race held in Killington, VT that is 10 – 12 miles and one of the most challenging versions of the race we offer. The pinnacle of the pyramid is the Spartan Death Race, an event we’ve been holding since 2005 that goes beyond endurance obstacle racing and into a 36 – 48 hour meat-grinding, sleepless struggle to just stay on your feet and make it out of the mountains alive. The Death Race, even with training, isn’t for everybody.
Keep your eyes on our blog as we continue to feature our racing series and how you and your friends can come be a part of a movement so get off your couch and try a new kind of race, train your body, compete, have fun, and find out what’s possible when you stop existing and start living!