Spartan-Race-Spartan-Logo2You’ve heard about all these obstacle races where it tests your strength, ability and sheer will to finish the course.  I have competed in a couple myself just as a way to prove to me that I could finish.  But recently, after talking with the Spartan Race organizers, I was intrigued by another race that offers more than the other obstacle races do.  So to get more detailed information about what this Spartan Race was all about I spoke with the source and here is the lowdown on what it is all about to BE A SPARTAN!

The Spartan Race StartWhat is the Spartan Race?

Simply, Spartan Race is the world’s leading obstacle race series.  It’s an event of pure primitive craziness that you’ll never forget!

Spartan Race has:

  • Races all over the globe!
  • Different distances for different levels and styles or racing.
  • A unique culture and community of athletes striving together to overcome any and everything.

What sets the Spartan Race above other similar obstacle type races?

All over the country we put on different kinds of events, all designed for specific styles of racing and fun. Whatever your level or goals, whether you are a determined champion looking to take home top honors or a member of a team of 30 friends looking to just have a blast, Spartan Race is the venue for your extreme pursuits.

Spartan Race What is the toughest part of the Spartan Race competition?

The clock! If our courses do not kill you outright, our clock will. This is not just a “trail run” or any old “mud run”, it’s a race. Most anyone can manage 10 miles and some obstacles. We present you with the ability to hit the course hard and see how you rank. Not just against the competition, but yourself. We want you to be shooting for PERFORMANCE and have you reach it.

Is there an age limit on who can enter the Spartan Race?

Yes. The minimum age to race a full Spartan Race is 14 in the U.S. and Western Canada and 15 in the U.K and Eastern Canada, the maximum age is 99.  We have a Jr. Spartan Adventure Race at every USA venue Spartan Race for the kids, and also in Vancouver and Calgary in Canada.

spartan-race-joistWhat does the Spartan Race look for in its participants?

Spartan Race’s goal is to rip people off of their couches to promote healthy living and general fitness. See the Spartan Workout of the Day (WOD) –

Spartan WOD Mission:  To help people workout efficiently and effectively while helping maintain the necessary motivation to do so the rest of their lives.

Spartan WOD Philosophy:  Only with a healthy body and mind can one achieve greatness. Spartan workouts are centered around total fitness: flexibility, strength, muscle  endurance, and aerobic power, a tactile connection with one’s environment . These five pillars cannot be separated from each other as in combination they create the most effective workouts and best results. The human body should sweat, stretch, push, pull, and carry with varying degrees of intensity and stress. The human body is the only machine that gets better with use, but abuse it, and it will fail you. The human body should be cared for post workout with proper fuel and stretching.

What if you cannot complete an obstacle, can you skip it?

Brent Doscher's Best Action PicsNO. Spartans don’t skip obstacles, we overcome them! We strongly discourage skipping obstacles without attempting them as it is unfair to others that do attempt them. As well, what is the point of doing an obstacle course race then? However, if you must skip an obstacle that you DO first at least try but simply cannot complete it, there will be a mandatory set of burpees that you must complete before moving on. This is the case with ALL obstacles.. so that can be a lot of burpees – so try hard and complete those obstacles.

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Does the Spartan Race support a specific charity with proceeds from its races?

Spartan Race supports multiple military charities –

So now ask yourself, are you in!?!  Is there FIRE in YOU?  Does the Spartan Race series sound like something you want to challenge yourself to complete?  How about a FREE ENTRY!?!  In celebration of the airing of the World Championship Spartan Race being broadcast on NBC Sports this December 7th, I am giving away 1 FREE SPARTAN RACE ENTRY to any event listed on their website calendar of events!


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14 thoughts on “The Spartan Race – “Is there FIRE in YOU? ~AROO – (AND A Free Race Entry Giveaway)

  1. OOH, we were just talking about this the other day. I’ve never had it on my radar because Tinkerbell Half is always that weekend, but it looks like they aren’t the same weekend this coming year. Hmm, now to convince the mr. this is a good idea…

    1. ABSOLUTELY!! I’ve been wanting to do it but cannot commit yet due to race scheduling and injury prevention (just in case). I really want to sign up for one next year though.

  2. The minute after I crossed the finish line, I was already plotting how I could do better in next year’s Spartan. It was definitely HARD but what a feeling of accomplishment. Plus, I connected with a lot of cool people via Instagram that day.

  3. I’d like to win a free entry because my wife and I love doing races together. I entered using your Facebook app!

  4. I have FIRE in me! And, I want to do another Spartan for my 40th birthday. Pick me!

  5. I would love to participate in a Spartan race. I’ve done multiple 5k, 10k, half marathons and mud runs. Next up on my bucket list is a full marathon and one of these Spartan races. Time to really move into beastmode! 😀

  6. This sounds intimidating but looking at the gallery and reading the reviews from past participants it seems like a very fun yet extremely challenging event. I best be getting into shape now in case I win this entry!

  7. Been watching youtube videos of these races. I have been doing crossfit for the last 3 months. i’m ready to finally take the plunge,

  8. my wife saw a commercial for the Spartan race on nbcsports and told me all about it. i had to google it and check it out. looks like a hoot and a half! i’d love to try the beast.

  9. I’d love to win a free entry for a Super Spartan. I’ve done Tough Mudder and would love to see how they compare!

  10. Absolutely would love to win this to help myself and friends get to complete our trifecta next year!! AROO!!

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