Yesterday, I officially announced that I am participating in my first ever Spartan Race! In addition, I am one of Atlanta influencers for the Spartan Race. I am very excited and thrilled to be a part of this amazing race. Before we get into the fun stuff, let me share what the Spartan Race is and the types of races they have.
What Is The Spartan Race?
The Spartan Race is a series of obstacle courses that vary in distance and difficulty levels. They range from three miles and to marathon distances.
More About The Races:
There are a series of races and you can select the one that best suits you. The races include Spartan Sprint, Spartan Super, Spartan Beast, and Spartan Ultra. They even have a military series that is hosted on military bases. Not all locations will have all of the races taking place so be sure to check here to see what race is being held.
I will be participating in the Atlanta Super and Sprint weekend held on October 5th – 6th in the Steeplechase area of Conyers, GA. They will be hosting the Spartan Super, Spartan Spring, Spartan Hurricane Heat and the Spartan Kids Race.
The Spartan Super offers the ideal blend between distance and speed. Offering racers a true athletic test. If you consider yourself a more seasoned athlete determined to push beyond excuses, you just might have the mettle for a Spartan Super. Serving up 25 obstacles and 8 mi / 13 km of rugged terrain, the Spartan Super spares no one. Developed as the second race in the Spartan Trifecta, the Super is where you prove to yourself you’ve got everything it takes to face the Beast. The fastest time to complete this race is 80 minutes.
The Spartan Sprint is the race that I will be participating in. The Sprint is the shortest distance race, but it’s still a favorite amongst both new and returning racers. It’s the perfect distance for those looking to start their Spartan journey. The Sprint also allows returning racers a manageable distance to see how far they can push themselves. Delivering 20 obstacles over 3 mi / 5 km, you’ll never run the same race twice. The fastest time to complete this race is approximately 40 minutes. I decided to do this race because this is my first time ever doing a challenging race. In time, I will work my way up to a more difficult race.
Next up they will have the Spartan Hurricane Heat. The Hurricane Heat is a 12 Hour Hurricane Heat, “HH12HR”, is a unique individual and team-building experience designed to test each athlete’s physical and mental toughness. The HH12HR finds a balance between team building and individualism. By utilizing tactics similar to those of the Special Operations groups of various Military Branches the most qualified Spartans will be selected. Those who are selected and are capable of getting their squadron across the elusive finish will have earned their place among the few. Only 40% of those who sign up for this race, actually finish! Participants MUST be 18 years and older.
Lastly, the have the Spartan Kids race. I think this is the coolest thing ever. I wish my son was old enough to participate however, he is only three and the starting age is four. I enjoy companies that include children and turn these challenge races into family events. The races for the children vary per age group. For children ages 4-6, they will compete in a 1/2 mile race, ages 7-9 will be a 1-mile race, ages 10-13 will complete in a 2-mile race and lastly, there is a competitive 2-mile race for age groups 10-11 and 12-13. No worries parents, the obstacle courses are nowhere near as hard as the adult obstacle courses.
Of course, if you are a beginner, this may all seem very challenging but I promise, challenging yourself is entirely mental. As I mentioned, I have never done something quite challenging as this. As a fitness enthusiast, I have done boxing, mixed martial arts and more. I never in a million years thought that I would be capable of doing such but I mentally challenged myself and put myself up for the test and I was able to do it. That means, if you are considering in participating in any of The Spartan Races, do not over think it. Gather your friends and family, select a team and start your race.
Now if you are in the Atlanta area the weekend of October 5th, come out and join me in my first race. The Spartan Race will take place at the Georgia International Horse Park. This was home to the 1996 Olympic Equestrian events. Rolling hills and deep southern woods keep Spartans guessing what’s around the next corner. The lovely Georgia red clay makes slippery mud pits so be prepared to get dirty!
As a proud brand ambassador for the Spartan Race, I will be documenting my entire journey from my training and sharing how I’m preparing myself for The Spartan Race.
ATL, ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE!?
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