Spartan Race ran its first event in 2010. The adulation of this event can appraise in such a way that its first event miraculously inspired 1,500 people to show up and complete an obstacle course built to challenge even the fittest competitors. In 2012, it was voted “Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race.” It is the first of its kind to have Global Ranking and regarded as the world’s leading obstacle race series to this time. After its first event three years later, Joe De Sena, CEO, and Founder of Spartan Race predicted that a total of 650,000 people will compete in the 60 events hosted in the U.S. He believes that in the past few years, it is actually the sport of obstacle racing that has experienced the greatest growth.
TYPES OF OBSTACLE RACES
Spartan race events consist of different types of obstacle races which occur in different parts of the world. Hundreds of thousands of competitors participate in the Spartan events regularly and overcome, specific obstacles, for instance, crawling through mud pits, climbing over walls, or jumping over fire. What makes this race fascinating and interesting is that these races are for all athletes of all levels and abilities.
This event features several types of obstacle races on the basis of distance and obstacles
- The very first type is “the Spartan Sprint.” Perfect for any level athlete looking to challenge their body and mind over 3+ miles with 20+ obstacles. It is the shortest of Spartan courses, but still demands a little grit, some determination and a lot of fun.
- The second one is known as “the Super Spartan.” Consists of 8+ miles and 25 obstacles.
- The third type is called “the Spartan Beast” in which participants have to race on a thirteen-mile track with thirty plus obstacles.
- The fourth one is called “the Ultra Beast” which consists of 26+ miles and 60+ obstacles.
Obstacles of the races also vary from race to race. Most of the common obstacles include a fire jump, climbing under barbed wire, wall climbing, mud crawling, the “over-under-through (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, “Herculean Hoist”, “Tyrolean Traverse”, monkey bars, Traversal Wall (similar to a bouldering wall), Hobie Hop (a thick rubber band is placed around the ankles and participants hop through consecutive tires), Slippery Wall (a wall built at an incline, roughly covered in grease), a zigzag log jump, steep mud climbs (rolling mud), tractor pulls, underwater submerging below walls (dunk walls), Atlas carries, tire flips, stump balances (skipping on stumps across a pond), rope swing, and the now discontinued Gladiator Arena.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
A Few days ago I 5K participated in first Hong Kong Spartan Race, and it was simply one of the greatest experience of my life. It wosent my first race; I did couple of them when I lived in US, but it was great to see this kind of fitness movement coming for the first time in Asia (my new home) and I simply loved it. My name is Mack Fitt and I am a Lifestyle Entrepreneur with full dedication; Helping You to achieve Physical, Mental & Business Peak, also fitness transformation specialist base in Hong Kong and currently training for 2016 Mr. Olympia HK AND I’m going to elaborate my personal experience and benefits of obstacle races.
Unlike traditional races, where you simply travel the distance of the course powered by your heart, lungs, and legs. Charles Ng, founder of Hybrid Group, the organizer of the Spartan Race HK “We wanted to do something that’s not just another run,” , and He did it, makeing very happy about 5000 runners this day.
Spartan Obstacle races introduce difficult obstacles that require additional training. To be able to effectively climb over a 10-foot wall, you must develop upper body strength. To be able to climb up a 30-foot rope, you must develop full-body strength and coordination. To be able to climb through some obstacles, you must develop greater flexibility. All-in-all, Obstacle Races require greater total-body fitness than your standard race.
I reckon Spartan Obstacle racing is a great place to start for those who want to test the boundaries of their body and mind. It will modify your mental toughness and health.
PROMOTES AND ENCOURAGES TEAMWORK
Most of these Obstacle races are designed for promoting teamwork. There are some obstacles you can’t get through without a little help. For instance, you will definitely need others to help you crawl a 30-ft cargo net, or to help you out of a mud pit. I personally enjoyed a lot helping out, all my teammates.
PEOPLE ARE DRAWN TO SPORT
Because of these obstacle races, people are more drawn to the sport. People actually train their selves for the race, in order to win the race. Winners of the race receive prizes as well.
OPTIONS FOR ENTRY LEVEL
I personally think that these Obstacle races are perfect for acquiring experience for the beginners or elite athletes. For instance, women can sign up for the Pretty Muddy Obstacle Race – an un-timed race that’s perfect for anyone just starting out, or as a fun race for the more competitive athlete. Kids have option for Kids Race. Likewise, those who want to earn a living running Obstacle Races can sign up for the Spartan Race, where it’s not uncommon for top competitors to be supported by sponsors as they race for generous prize purses from the racing company. Spartan has awarded more than $200,000 in purse money.
PUTS YOU IN SHAPE
Obstacle races are great for acquiring perfect shape. You can burn lots of calories, and eventually burn fats and lose weight by constant running and applying intense force to every obstacle.
IT STABILIZE YOU EMOTIONALLY
Obstacle runs will finally help you stabilize emotionally. They will ameliorate any hard situation you might be in by taking your mind off all of your problems. Maybe you can confront them right there at the time of the race. Experts even say that having stress can help prosper a race, redirecting positively all your anger or stress towards your determination and tenacity of completing the race. And at the finish line, you will feel stress-free!
WAY TO ACQUIRE SELF CONFIDENCE
Completing an obstacle race can give you confidence in yourself, with a fact that you overcome anything that gets into your mind. Being self-confident will get you inspired to become a better athlete!
Spartan race events are exciting, fascinating and widely available. I would recommend or suggest all of the athletes and the beginners out there, ‘to participate in these obstacle races before it’s too late. It’s simply worth paying and participating. As an athlete and professional transformation expert, I think it is a great platform for all of you to acquire physical and mental strength.
Mack Fitt Pijewski
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