Friday Night Lights

Yesterday, Marriot Rewards announced as part of their global partnership with Spartan Race that the cast of the popular NBC show, Friday Night Lights will reunite on the course at the Spartan Race outside of Chicago in June. The cast will train for the next month for the race on June 11th. The show ran on NBC from 2006 – 2011. This is the second show to run a mud run together after Grey’s Anatomy ran a Tough Mudder together in April.

 In addition to the announcement of the global sponsorship. Marriott has picked up athletes Rose Wetzel and Ryan Kent who will be sharing training trips through the Marriott twitter handle. Read the full press release below.


Marriott Rewards logo. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott Rewards)

Marriott Rewards logo. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott Rewards)

Ten years after the hit TV show Friday Night Lights premiered, some of your favorite cast members — Taylor Kitsch, Minka Kelly, Zach Gilford and Aimee Teegarden – are reuniting to race as part of Marriott Rewards sponsorship of Spartan Race worldwide. As the official Global Hotel Partner of Spartan Race, Marriott Rewards is offering obstacle course race devotees exclusive, member only tips, perks and benefits to fuel their training and completion of challenging Spartan Races. Marriott Rewards is also offering members a once-in-a-lifetime chance to follow the Friday Night Lights cast members’ training, and race alongside them on June 11.


“Passionate communities are perhaps the ultimate examples of loyalty. We admire how well Spartan Race has built one of the most adventurous and enthusiastic fan-bases that exists,” said Thom Kozik, Vice President Loyalty, Marriott International.  “Bringing Spartan Race competitors the benefits of Marriott Rewards as they train, travel, and race all around the world is the most exciting part of our partnership. Having the cast members of Friday Night Lights join this devoted tribe and provide them, and our members with exclusive Spartan-related benefits is Marriott’s way of showing our loyalty on their journey towards the finish line.”


The cast members from Friday Night Lights are teaming with Marriott Rewards members for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run together in a challenging eight to ten-mile, Spartan Super packed with more than 25 signature Spartan obstacles, being held outside of Chicago on Saturday, June 11. More information on how to receive a chance to race alongside the cast members will be posted on Marriott Rewards Insiders.


Taylor Kitsch, who played Tim Riggins on the show said, “I’m really looking forward to running on the Marriott Rewards team at the Spartan Race in Chicago and catching up with my former cast mates from the show.”


Teaming up with Spartan Race globally, Marriott Rewards suits up with the highly engaged community of racers who travel the globe seeking to reach their goals. Marriott Rewards will be onsite at more than 40 races around the world, including ten races in locations such as France, Mexico and Australia.  Current and new Marriott Rewards members competing in Spartan Races will be eligible to receive great perks and benefits including:

Access to Marriott Member Rates at participating Marriott properties around Spartan Race locations.

Race registration discounts for new members as well as a free VIP bag check and $5 off coupon for Spartan Race merchandise available here.

Race registration discount code for existing members – to be announced via Twitter @MarriottRewards.

The chance to receive early start times for races – provided through surprise & delight moments offered exclusively via Twitter @MarriottRewards. *Subject to availability

Exclusive Spartan Training tips, tricks and motivation provided by Spartan Pro Team member Ryan Kent and elite OCR competitor Rose Wetzel and via Twitter @MarriottRewards.

Support for anyone considering, or already committed to running a Spartan Race, at free workout sessions featuring official, Spartan-certified SGX coaches, in cities across the United States with exclusive Marriott Rewards giveaways for members.  Dates and locations, with more to be added, include:

    • May 15, 2016 / 2-4pm / Reach Fieldhouse / 1601 W. Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60622
    • June 18, 2016 / 8-10AM / Soldierfit / 7175 Oakland Mills Rd. Columbia, MD 21046
    • June 19, 2016 / 9-11AM / Gateway Park / 1300 Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22201
    • July 24, 2016 / 8-10AM / Peak Experiences / 11421 Polo Circle Midlothian, VA 23114


Spartan Racers who are Marriott Rewards members will continue to enjoy program benefits long after they cross the finish including Member Rates (the lowest rate anywhere when they book direct via, Marriott’s mobile app, 1-800-MARRIOTT and Marriott-branded hotels), free Wi-Fi, and through the Marriott Mobile app mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile requests.