Thursday, September 21, 2017
What’s more poetic than Spartanburg hosting its first Spartan Race in early November?
But if you’re unfamiliar with the Spartan Race experience, understand that poetry has nothing to do with the Nov. 4-5 Carolina Beast and Sprint Weekend.
If you’re unsure what we’re talking about, you’re not alone. So we’ve pulled together some frequently asked questions for those who might be interested in participating – as competitor or spectator – in Spartanburg’s first Spartan Race.
Organizers say it’s “more than a race; it’s a way of life.”
Spartan, which held its first race in Vermont in 2010 but has held more than 200 events in more than 30 countries since, is about conditioning your entire body, mind, and spirit for a race filled with running and obstacles. Participants must train their cardiovascular system, strength, and agility. It’s an individual race, but participants often bring their friends and make new ones during the event. Organizers say registering for a race forces you to take action and provides accountability.
It varies. There are eight different race classifications: Sprint, Super, Beast, Trifecta, Stadium, Honor Series, Kids and Endurance. The Spartanburg race, to be just off Interstate 85 between USC Upstate and the Milliken Arboretum, will include a Sprint, Beast and Kids Race.
The Sprint is just 3 to 5 miles, plus 20-23 obstacles, where the winner crosses the finish line in just 40 minutes. The Beast, meanwhile, is 12 to 14 miles long with more than 30 obstacles. The winners will take more than 3 hours to complete. There are also half-mile (for kids 4-8) and 1-mile (for kids 9-13) races throughout the day Saturday and Sunday.
There are races on Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, for competitors ranging from “elite” to “competitive” to everyone else.
Check out the event’s website for details and entry costs.
That’s a great question.
Obstacles can include a fire jump, climbing under barbed wire, wall climbing, mud crawling, the over-under-through (which is actually a series of obstacles in which runners must first climb over a wall, then under a wall, then through a square hole placed in a wall), spear throw, rope climb, heavy object carries, monkey bars, slippery wall, a zig-zag log jump, steep mud climbs, tractor pulls, underwater submerging below walls, tire flips, stump balances, and rope swings.
But remember, not all obstacles are about brute strength—but also proper technique. Failure to complete a challenge means 30 burpees.
Organizers say Spartan volunteers are the backbone of every Spartan Race. Spartan volunteers work closely with staff to provide support in a variety of areas:
Organizers also encourage participants to bring their friends and family along as fans. After all, what’s better than getting a muddy hug from someone who’s just finished the feat of a lifetime?
Learn more about Spartan, events, obstacles and volunteering at the organization’s website.