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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