Where is it: All over Australia (and New Zealand) – check the website for times!
What's it all about: X-Race is a race where you have to team up with your kids (6 - 14 years, or the Nippers race for the under sixes!) in order to complete a series of physical, mental and mystery challenges - competing against other families!
Tell me more: Teaming up with your little guys to compete in a race is such a fantastic bonding opportunity! And in this race, it’s not just about running the fastest – it’s a combination of physical and mental challenges – so it’s a race where teamwork is really important, perfect for bonding even closer with your kids! Secret handshakes, memory challenges and correctly following instructions will make all the difference and correctly completing these challenges will save you time penalties – there are 10 challenges as well as 3 – 4 km of running to get through! The under sixes don’t miss out either with the ‘nippers’ race which is shorter and great for getting the little guys involved! So much fun, and the best part is, it's all about competing rather than winning, so everyone has fun! It's a fun and friendly atmosphere at the race and all of the kids (and their partners) looked like they had a fantastic time!
Where is it: Bundamba Racecourse, Ipswich
What's it all about: A super fun and challenging obstacle course race with awesome mud pits!
Tell me more: Obstacle Course Racing has really taken off over the past few years and for good reason - they are so challenging and so much fun! We've also found out from attending a few different races is that they have such a friendly and supportive atmosphere! Operation Kiddyhawk is a 2km kids race taking part alongside Operation Blackhawk! First there's a briefing and warm up, then the climbing obstacles and finally the muddy obstacles - filled with water and they got stickier and muddier as the race went on! Heaps of fun, great exercise and a fantastic friendly atmosphere, just as we were expecting!
Where is it: Ewan Maddock Camp, off Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough
What's it all about: A weekend of X-Triathlon - think triathlon with mountain bike and trail running!
How can I join in: Head along to In2Adventure's website to find the next event!
Tell me more: The tranquil surrounds of Ewan Maddock Dam Camp in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is the setting for some really challenging racing through the bush and water with the running of the X-Tri and Multisport Weekend! It's a weekend of swimming, mountain biking and cross country running for all ages and abilities - but the main reason we went along was to try out the Mud Rats race - it's a race specifically for the little guys! The race was lots of run but it was over in a flash - probably a little bit short (only about 500 metres) for our 6 year old but he loved it anyway! Our little girl (2yo) joined in and she had a blast! A fun little race - maybe best suited to the under 5s!
Swimming at the Dam after the race
Where is it: Various locations
What's it all about: It's an Obstacle Course Race (OCR - like a cross country with some army-style obstacles thrown in!) that’s primary purpose is to drive you to the satisfaction of completing a gruelling race. It's also heaps of fun and rewarding too!
How can I join in: There are a few races on throughout the year, of varying lengths / difficulties and various locations. Check out Spartan Race's website for the next one in your area!
Tell me more: Spartan Races are designed to be a little bit intimidating. Not to try to scare you off, but so that the satisfaction of completing the race is more rewarding! They have a few different races ranging from about 6kms through to 42km (not much chance of us getting through that one!). They also have a Spartan Kids race which is more our pace - it's about 1.5 - 2km and kids as young as 3 can join in! We tried to keep up with our boys as they tackled this one! The kid's race attracts the same attention as the senior races which really gets the kids into the zone - they start off with the Spartan war-cry and head off in waves (oldest kids starting first) so that they can spread out a bit! There are plenty of obstacles spread out along the course - climbing over walls and through tunnels, carrying sand bags and medicine balls, under nets and through water traps - so much fun for the little kids (and the parents running with them!)! There's even a giant slip and slide which is great fun even in the cooler weather! Heaps of the senior race finishers are spread out along the course to help out and encourage the little ones to keep pushing - the kids love it! Upon reaching the finish line, all the races receive their finishing medal and become part of the Spartan family!
We’ve been along to both bush and stadium Spartan races, and they are both really fun! The stadium race was held at Lang Park (Suncorp Stadium) and although the layout and structure of the race was quite different, it was really challenging, rewarding and fun (although it was a bit hot)! The kids really enjoyed this race and while the obstacle were similar, and running on flat ground made a difference! But probably the most exciting thing was to be able to run out onto Lang Park! A fun race and really handy being so close to home.
Peak Crossing is a really nice bush setting for the bush race. It's very popular, but there's heaps of room for parking and at the venue to settle down after the race and have a little picnic and watch the other racers - they have waves running all day so there are runners in various stages of their Spartan experience. It's a really fun and friendly atmosphere with music and activities wherever you go. There are small shops for merchandise, coffee or food, change rooms and lockers and all the facilities that you might need for the day. You can even camp there if you don't want an early drive - great for those first waves! They even have a giant inflatable Spartan course for the kids (just like a big jumping castle!) – our little guys loved this, but we couldn't understand where our boys were getting their energy from after finishing their race - we couldn't get them off this one! Overall, a really great event and day out. The atmosphere is very friendly and there are heaps of Spartan families! Aroo!
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