Reebok Spartan Race is officially set to conquer France. November 24, 2013 the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet will host the premiere of the Reebok Spartan Race first appearance in France. Thousands of participants are expected to be there for the inaugural event. We are promising that more races will be coming to France in the future.
Our international growth was inevitable. In 2013 alone more than 750,000 participants will complete a Spartan Race in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Slovakia, Czech Republic – and now France. The commitment of Reebok to be the global title sponsor of the Spartan Race Series proves the importance of this emerging sport. And France is just one of the many countries being added to the global Spartan community in the near future.
On Sunday, November 24, 2013 the Circuit Paul Ricard and thousands of participants will start their fight to overcome not one but two challenging courses with obstacles that will take all their stamina, strength, endurance and willpower to find the finish line. The Reebok Spartan Race at Circuit Paul Ricard will offer two different distances: the Spartan Sprint with a roughly 6k course of and 15 or more obstacles. And the Spartan Super, a roughly 13K course that will introduce the worthy Spartans to 20 or more obstacles. Participants will not have access to a map prior to racing. So they will not know the exact distance, or number of type of obstacles until they face it- just like the Spartans in ancient times. Expect the unexpected!
The two Spartan Races will challenge the participants, it will be a difficult challenge, but in the end they will join hundreds of thousands of other proud Spartans. Spartan Races are for everyone; young or old, avid runner, beginner, or hardcore obstacle racer- this will be a unique experience for everyone and we’re pleased to be bringing that to France!
The spectator friendly Spartan Race grounds will feature a festival area with music, entertainment – and the opportunity for spectators to test themselves on stand alone obstacles and contests. The course also allows opportunities to see friends and families in action on the course! The Spartan Juniors race will create the next generation of Spartans on a course dedicated for children ages 6 – 13.
The Circuit Paul Ricard offers ideal conditions for the first Spartan Race in France. Featuring a state of the art race course in the middle of a stunning landscape that will welcome the athletes and spectators before they head off to the switchback trails of the backwoods, forest, trails, rivers and a very challenging hilly terrain.
Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena says, “We’ve been in Great Britain for three years but we’ve wanted to expand our Spartan footprint for some time. We get requests every day to bring a race to new places – and at Spartan we’re listening! We are thrilled to announce that we are expanding deeper into Western Europe with the help of our partners at SPCGE. We said we were growing globally, and this is a great example of how we’re making that happen. The sport of Obstacle Course racing is a global movement and we’re dedicated to reaching every corner of the map.”