A new level of racing is pushing their participants to extreme limits, both physically and mentally.
This race is the creation of Joe De Sena, who has competed in an impressive number of intense, unusual races. At one point he competed in the Vermont 100, the Lake Placid Ironman and the Badwater Ultra, all three in one week, according to What’s On Tap.
Spartan Race is on a mission to get participants active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Their events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal, according to Spartan Race’s website.
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Having experienced many different racing events, they wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but they warn, “do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as our events have a challenge for everyone’s needs.”
As Nick Heil explained in his Outside Magazine, “A guy in a red cloak and Spartan war helmet announced the rules—“no whining, no complaining”—prompting a loud “Ah-roo!” from the crowd.”
“These races introduce a lot of risks,” says Jean Knack, executive director of the Road Runners Club of America, which hosts hundreds of traditional marathons each year. “We don’t encourage members to participate in events with man-made obstacles where there’s a decent chance of getting hurt.”
Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race.
These masochistic races are’t just for men either. Women are buckling down and becoming the new American Gladiators.
According to a Spartan Blog published in July, 2013 titled “Spartan Smarts: The Women of Spartan Race,” a chiropractor, neuroscientist, pharmacist, judge, immunologist, and microbiologist are just some of the professions that members of the Spartan Chicked community hold.
In the Spartan blog, Jamie Gold, a certified kitchen designer and author, says, “I love being able to share my passion with clients, readers and seminar attendees alike. I also love the flexibility of keeping my own schedule, letting me start and end most work days with a physical outlet. I have learned that breaking the desk chair to dining chair to couch with exercise is essential for my health and sanity.”
Joe De Sena is also traveling around the country giving out free Spartan Workouts at local gyms and facilities.
Whatever your level, Spartan Race will test your strength, stamina, and sense of humor.
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