Spartans! Big News!

We’ve rolled out a new Knowledge Base of All-Things-Spartan, to help you answer any questions that you may have: https://spartanrace.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

Check it out!

There are two ways to access this Knowledge Base:

1)      Directly, via the link: https://spartanrace.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

2)      Via the Questions Tab, on the right hand of any page on Spartan.com

Once you access the Knowledge Base, you can type in a question, search a few key words (Pro Tip: keywords often bring up more results than a full question!), or even just browse around the topics to learn some new things. Either way, the Knowledge Base will bring up Articles with information related to your search.

The Questions tab can be found on the main page on the right hand side of the screen.

For Example, let’s say I’m wondering about the Spartan Trifecta. I go to the Knowledge Base (or access via the Questions Tab) and type in “trifecta.” This brings up five articles that have information relating to the Trifecta.  I see that there is one article titled “What is the Spartan Trifecta? How do I earn it?” that sounds like a great place to start!

If you don’t find an answer to your question, or need to contact Customer Service directly for a more specific concern, you’ll have two ways to do so:

1)      If you’re using the Questions Tab on Spartan.com and you’ve done a search, but still didn’t find what you needed, you’ll see a button on the bottom of the window that says, “None of these are helpful – get in touch” that will prompt you to fill out an email form to send to Customer Service.

2)      If you’re browsing through the Knowledge Base direct link, you’ll see a link at the bottom of the page that says “Submit a Request” which will also send an email directly to Customer Service.

Please Note: To make sure you receive the fastest answers possible, always include your full first and last name and the race date you are referencing, as well as any other information relevant to your request (Codes, Order Numbers, Sizes, etc.).

Our new Knowledge Base will be updated constantly with up to the minute information. It will be your best source for answers to any questions that you may have, so you can get an immediate answer and get back to your burpees!

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IOC makes room for Obstacle Racing in the 2020 Olympics

by Jason Jaksetic

There have been many recent developments in Olympic history, and if you couldn’t keep up, here is a breakdown.

The good news first.

1. Everyone got to learn about modern pentathlon.  One does not often discover an Olympic level sport that somehow integrates shooting, swordplay, horse jumping, running, and swimming. My mental imagery goes somewhere between superheroes and samurais. This is great, and I’m not going to suggest the IOC put the pentathlon back on the chopping block, which was the original plan by some accounts.

2. The I.O.C must have caught wind of our bid to bring obstacle racing to the 2020 Olympics. We understand there has to be the limit to the sports in the olympics.  Otherwise there would be backyard sports in the Olympics  like horseshoes and trampoline…

Wait, incase you haven’t heard, trampoline is an Olympic sport and will remain an olympic sport while…

3. Wrestling is out of the Olympics. At Spartan HQ, we are still grappling with this, as Spartan Race has a close connection with wrestling.

In our first eBook (download it for free), there is an entire chapter written about a future Olympics, with a cast of characters that includes wrestlers and obstacle racers training, and possible competing against each other.

The imagery is no figment of our imaginations.  In 2009, Spartan HQ, located in Pittsfield Vt., was host for one of the United States Wrestling Team’s training camps. Here is an article that details the week of wrestler’s chopping wood and carrying logs in the Vermont Mountains (video here).

Jeff Funicello was put on the round table of Spartan Coaches because of his extreme understanding of fitness through his success in international level wrestling, grappling, Judo, and other competition forms that have lead him to so many world championships.  (Here is a list of all his world championships).

Recently, in 2013 there was wrestling at a winter Death Race.

Wrestlers make an amazing obstacle racers.  They make great people.  We’ve seen many lists lately of presidents, generals, and all around hero types who thrived as wrestlers.

Dismayed at the decision of the IOC, we are hoping you will join Spartan Race in support of bringing wrestling back to the Olympics.

Please help support the effort:

http://themat.com/keep-olympic-wrestling.php

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