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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