Spartan Returns to Its Roots with Launch of Trifecta World Championship Invitational Obstacle Race in Sparta, Greece
World’s Largest Obstacle Race and Endurance Brand Journeys Back to the Ruins of Ancient Sparta for Three-Day Destination Race Event November 2-4
SPARTA, GREECE (March 5, 2018) – Following an epic race weekend in 2017, modern Spartan athletes will journey back to the ancient ruins, rivers and mountains of the legendary city of Sparta when the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand hosts the inaugural invite-only Trifecta World Championship, November 2-4, 2018. Offering a $20,000 prize purse, the weekend’s series of events will test the strength and endurance of athletes from around the globe with the three signature races of Spartan’s coveted Trifecta.
“Seeing Spartans from around the world race across the sacred city of Sparta last year was a transformational experience,” said Spartan Founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “Paired with the overwhelmingly positive response from our racers and the support of the municipality, we knew we had to go back with an even bigger challenge this year, and thus, the Trifecta World Championship was born.”
Paying homage to King Leonidas and the Sparta 300, the Spartan events will span the ancient and modern lands over the course of three days of competition. The gated Spartan Trifecta World Championship features the three race formats of the Spartan Trifecta including the five to eight-km (three to five-mile)/20 to 23 Obstacle Sprint, 13 to 15-km (eight to 10-mile)/24 to 29 obstacle Super, and 20 to 22-km (12 to 14-mile) Beast, which will be open only to racers who have completed a Trifecta in the 2017 or 2018 Spartan season. Only 3,000 spots are available for the weekend, and 2017 Trifecta Tribe members will have until April 9 to register, before anticipating 2018 Trifecta finishers can enter.
2017’s Sparta event saw athletes from 40 countries racing on the historic trails of the city. Competitor’s conquered signature Spartan obstacles including the Spear Throw, Fire Jump and Monkey Bars in addition to challenges that harkened back to ancient times.
“Our community and municipality were so happy with success of Spartan’s inaugural event in Sparta and it’s an honor to welcome the athletes and families from around the world back for what promises to be another exciting year,” said Mayor of Sparta Mr. Evangelos Valiotis. “We look forward to the energy and passion the modern-day Spartan community brings to our city and to sharing the unique experience of the birthplace of the ancient Spartans along the Evrotas River.”
In addition to the gated events, registration for select races throughout the weekend will be open to residents of Greece and a Kids race will be open to children ages four to 13 from around the world.
This event is under the auspices of the Municipality of Sparta. Sparta’s rich history, architecture and landscape create a unique destination for competitors and visitors alike, allowing athletes and their guests from around the world to learn about Spartan history and visit the extraordinary country. The weekend events will also feature a race festival with entertainment and activities. For more information and to register for Spartan Race, Sparta events, visit spartanrace.gr.
Spartan events focus on sport and athleticism, pushing the bodies and minds of competitors to the limit across miles of unforgiving terrain while they conquer signature obstacles. With more than one million annual participants and more than 200 events across more than 30 countries, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand.
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Spartan Race is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across more than 35 countries in 2018, Spartan Race will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan Race lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Race events feature races at three distances, 5+KM/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 13+ KM/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 20+ KM/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. For more information and discounted registration, click here.