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OverviewMulti-distance Obstacle Race, Worldwide locations
Launched2010
KidsYes. Jr. Spartan: ages 4-9, Varsity Spartan: ages 10-13
Distances

Become a member of the Spartan TRIFECTA Tribe by finishing one of each Spartan distance: Sprint, Super and Beast, in a calendar year (January 1 – December 31st), anywhere in the world.

ObstaclesVaries by distance; Sprint features 10-12, Beast contains over 30.
TerrainVaries by location depending on topography; the course will use any and all natural obstacles and elements to make a demanding and interesting course.
Hardest ObstacleSpinners: A spinning, corkscrew “monkey bar” designed to really test upper body and grip strength. If you fail, 30 burpees are waiting for you.
PenaltiesFailing or skipping any obstacle results in a penalty of 30 burpees.
GearWear athletic gear that will allow movement in any direction as you will be climbing over and scurrying under obstacles, lifting and pulling heavy objects and running trails, through water, mud, and jumping over fire. Gloves may help with some rope-based obstacles, well-fitting athletic shoes should help minimize blisters.

Spartan events are timed competitions that are orchestrated over standardized distances and feature natural and man-made obstacles specifically designed to test mind-body fitness. Every race at every distance will have you climbing, lifting, crawling, rolling, carrying, running, swimming, balancing, throwing, and jumping. All Spartan courses are deliberately designed to leave you exhausted and exhilarated; the completion of any of our courses is an accomplishment that deserves to be recognized, and each finisher has truly earned their Spartan medal. Their motto is “You’ll Know at the Finish Line” is not just an empty marketing phrase, but a sentiment that is shared by all of our athletes who have been bonded through the collective challenge of completing one of the world’s best obstacle courses.



Upcoming Spartan Race Events

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  • October 26, 2019
    Virginia Spartan Race Spartan Super 2019
    Infinity Downs, Arrington, VA, United States
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  • October 26, 2019
    Dallas Texas Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2019
    Rough Creek Lodge & Resort, Glen Rose, TX, United States
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  • October 26, 2019
    Dallas Texas Spartan Race Spartan Ultra Beast 2019
    Rough Creek Lodge & Resort, Glen Rose, TX, United States
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  • October 26, 2019
    SoCal California Spartan Race Spartan Beast Fall 2019
    Tejon Ranch, Lebec, CA, United States
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  • October 27, 2019
    Virginia Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2019
    Infinity Downs, Arrington, VA, United States
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  • October 27, 2019
    Dallas Texas Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2019
    Rough Creek Lodge & Resort, Glen Rose, TX, United States
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    Dallas Texas Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2019
    Rough Creek Lodge & Resort, Glen Rose, TX, United States
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  • October 27, 2019
    SoCal California Spartan Race Spartan Beast Fall 2019
    Tejon Ranch, Lebec, CA, United States
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    SoCal California Spartan Race Spartan Sprint Fall 2019
    Tejon Ranch, Lebec, CA, United States
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  • November 02, 2019
    Tri-State New Jersey Spartan Race Spartan Super 2019
    Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon, NJ, United States
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  • November 03, 2019
    Tri-State New Jersey Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2019
    Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon, NJ, United States
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  • November 09, 2019
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  • November 16, 2019
    Sacramento California Spartan Race Spartan Super 2019
    Van Vleck Ranch, Rancho Murieta, CA, United States
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  • November 16, 2019
    Laughlin Nevada Spartan Race Spartan Super 2019
    Laughlin Events Center, Laughlin, NV, United States
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  • November 16, 2019
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  • November 17, 2019
    Sacramento California Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2019
    Van Vleck Ranch, Rancho Murieta, CA, United States
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  • November 17, 2019
    Laughlin Nevada Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2019
    Laughlin Events Center, Laughlin, NV, United States
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  • November 23, 2019
    Long Island New York Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2019
    Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Old Bethpage, NY, United States
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  • November 23, 2019
    Carolinas Spartan Race Spartan Ultra Beast 2019
    Tryon Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, NC, United States
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  • November 23, 2019
    Carolinas Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2019
    Tryon Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, NC, United States
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  • November 23, 2019
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  • November 24, 2019
    Carolinas Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2019
    Tryon Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, NC, United States
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  • November 24, 2019
    Carolinas Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2019
    Tryon Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, NC, United States
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  • November 24, 2019
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  • December 07, 2019
    Central Florida Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2019
    Mims Corp Ranch, Mulberry, FL, United States
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  • December 07, 2019
    Los Angeles California Spartan Race Spartan Sprint Fall 2019
    Castaic Lake State Recreation Area, Castaic, CA, United States
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  • December 08, 2019
    Central Florida Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2019
    Mims Corp Ranch, Mulberry, FL, United States
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  • December 08, 2019
    Los Angeles California Spartan Race Spartan Sprint Fall 2019
    Castaic Lake State Recreation Area, Castaic, CA, United States
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  • December 14, 2019
    Central California Spartan Race Spartan Ultra Beast 2019
    Ted Chamberlin Ranch, Los Olivos, CA, United States
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  • December 14, 2019
    Central California Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2019
    Ted Chamberlin Ranch, Los Olivos, CA, United States
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  • January 25, 2020
    SoCal California Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    Prado Regional Park, Chino, CA, United States
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  • January 26, 2020
    SoCal California Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Prado Regional Park, Chino, CA, United States
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  • February 15, 2020
    Arizona Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds, Ft. McDowell, AZ, United States
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  • February 15, 2020
    San Jose California Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    Diablo Grande, Patterson, CA, United States
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    Arizona Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds, Ft. McDowell, AZ, United States
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  • February 16, 2020
    San Jose California Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Diablo Grande, Patterson, CA, United States
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  • February 22, 2020
    Jacksonville Florida Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    WW Ranch Motoross Park, Jacksonville, FL, United States
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  • February 23, 2020
    Jacksonville Florida Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    WW Ranch Motoross Park, Jacksonville, FL, United States
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  • March 07, 2020
    Greek Peak New York Spartan Race Spartan Winter Sprint 2020
    Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Cortland, NY, United States
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  • March 14, 2020
    San Antonio Texas Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    TBA San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, United States
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  • March 15, 2020
    San Antonio Texas Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    TBA San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, United States
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  • March 21, 2020
    Las Vegas Nevada Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    Mesquite MX & Hafen Ranch, Littlefield, NV, United States
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  • March 22, 2020
    Las Vegas Nevada Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Mesquite MX & Hafen Ranch, Littlefield, NV, United States
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  • April 04, 2020
    Charlotte North Carolina Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Porter Farms, Concord, NC, United States
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  • April 04, 2020
    Lake Lanier Georgia Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Lake Lanier Islands Reosrt, Buford, GA, United States
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  • April 05, 2020
    Charlotte North Carolina Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Porter Farms, Concord, NC, United States
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  • April 25, 2020
    Tri-State New Jersey Spartan Race Spartan Ultra Beast 2020
    Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon, NJ, United States
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    Tri-State New Jersey Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2020
    Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon, NJ, United States
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  • April 25, 2020
    North Seattle Washington Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    Meadow Wood Ranch, Snohomish, WA, United States
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  • April 25, 2020
    Palm Beach Florida Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton, FL, United States
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  • April 26, 2020
    Tri-State New Jersey Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2020
    Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon, NJ, United States
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  • April 26, 2020
    North Seattle Washington Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Meadow Wood Ranch, Snohomish, WA, United States
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  • April 26, 2020
    Palm Beach Florida Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, Boca Raton, FL, United States
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  • May 02, 2020
    Montana Spartan Race Spartan Ultra Beast 2020
    Montana Spartan Race, Bigfork, MT, United States
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  • May 02, 2020
    Montana Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2020
    Montana Spartan Race, Bigfork, MT, United States
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  • May 03, 2020
    Montana Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Montana Spartan Race, Bigfork, MT, United States
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  • May 16, 2020
    Austin Texas Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, TX, United States
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  • May 16, 2020
    Ohio Spartan Race Spartan Ultra Beast 2020
    Southington Offroad Park, Windham, OH, United States
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  • May 16, 2020
    Ohio Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2020
    Southington Offroad Park, Windham, OH, United States
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  • May 17, 2020
    Austin Texas Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, TX, United States
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  • May 17, 2020
    Ohio Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Southington Offroad Park, Windham, OH, United States
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  • June 06, 2020
    Monterey California Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    Toro Park, Salinas, CA, United States
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  • June 07, 2020
    Monterey California Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Toro Park, Salinas, CA, United States
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  • June 20, 2020
    Dallas Texas Spartan Race Spartan Stadion AT&T Stadium 2020
    ATT Stadium, Arlington, TX, United States
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  • June 27, 2020
    Fayetteville North Carolina Spartan Race Spartan Ultra Beast 2020
    McCormick Farms, Spring Lake, NC, United States
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    Fayetteville North Carolina Spartan Race Spartan Beast 2020
    McCormick Farms, Spring Lake, NC, United States
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  • June 27, 2020
    Phoenix Arizona Spartan Race Spartan Stadion State Farm Stadium 2020
    University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ, United States
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  • June 27, 2020
    Boise Idaho Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Thomas Pence Ranch, Payette, ID, United States
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  • June 27, 2020
    Washington DC Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, MD, United States
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  • June 28, 2020
    Fayetteville North Carolina Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    McCormick Farms, Spring Lake, NC, United States
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  • June 28, 2020
    Washington DC Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, MD, United States
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  • July 11, 2020
    Palmerton Pennsylvania Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    Blue Mountain Ski Area, Palmerton, PA, United States
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  • July 12, 2020
    Palmerton Pennsylvania Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Blue Mountain Ski Area, Palmerton, PA, United States
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  • July 25, 2020
    Indiana Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Perfect North Slopes, Lawrenceburg, IN, United States
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  • July 25, 2020
    Asheville North Carolina Spartan Race Spartan Super 2020
    Grove Stone & Sand Company, Black Mountain, NC, United States
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    Asheville North Carolina Spartan Race Spartan Sprint 2020
    Grove Stone & Sand Company, Black Mountain, NC, United States
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Average rating: 4.14 / 5 from 186 reviews.

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Aug 07, 2019 by John Luna

Best organized OCR event I've ever been to. Great obstacles, layout, amazing location! Festival area was fun, great merchandise store. We had a blast.


Colorado Rockies Worst Spartan Ever

Aug 06, 2019 by Former Loyal Spartan Racer

Total fail. Spartan manages to land the most beautiful venue in North America with the new Snowmass location, and they completely fuck it up. I’ve done over 20 spartan races and the mountain series races are clearly the best venues, but this beast was the worst race I’ve ever done. Spartan, my kid could’ve designed a better course map with two fucking crayons. Up, down, up, down. No obstacles forever, no shade, no usage of an existing beautiful trail system. I’m guessing Snowmass wouldn’t allow spartan to use the trails?? Was there even a course designer at all, or were they milking off what Tough Mudder has done in this same venue the last few years? Spartan got kicked out of Breckenridge, and this may be their first and last stab at Snowmass, esp since some poor guy DIED at the top of the mountain in front of the Armer obstacle and like 50 people. But I’m guessing Spartan is hiding this little bit of info. Seeing 5+ medics using defilibrator and CPR on this guy repeatedly was heart wrenching and infuriating that the straight up boring ass course did this to that guy. That’s on you, shitty race director. I’ve never heard so many complaints from fellow racers and while running the sprint the next day, EVERY SINGLE PERSON I spoke with who also did the beast, including volunteers and staff, said it was the single most boring spartan race ever. But I’m sure Spartan doesn’t give a shit what the actual Spartan community thinks, as long as Robert Killian is raking in the wins and media attention. Such a decline in Spartan over the years, there’s no way participation is up. Get back to the obstacles, Spartan, I don’t need to pay money for a boring ass hill climb up a ski mountain, I live in Colorado, I can do that on my own. Oh, I’ll come back every year to run trails in Snowmass and but not on Spartan weekend


Got lucky at the beast

Jul 19, 2019 by Quagmire

met a chick on the course, and after the race, we hung out, drank a 12 pack, went back to the hotel room and fucked our brains out. Overall, good race. Thank you Spartan organization for always having hot, fit sluts at these races.


Jul 19, 2019 by Ronny

I did this race in 2017, skipped last year, but doing the ultra this year in Killington. When I did the beast in '17, i did it with some out of shape_pussy_fuck, and out of respect, i hung with the loser the whole time, so my time blew_cock. This year, i told everyone who asked me to run it with them to_fuck off. I'm doing this by myself because I'm much better than the group of weak_asses that want to do it as a group.


Apr 30, 2019 by Alec

It was a good event but compared to the Goliath since I did Goliath two weeks before this race, I was honestly expecting waaaay better from Spartan because of the name and all the publicity and I can say I was very disappointed honestly.

I felt like the obstacles were not as creative and cheap, it was more about carrying sand or rocks (felt like a CrossFit exercise) rather than a mix of exercises and or agility obstacles. We were also next to a lot of water and I was surprised there wasn’t too many obstacles with water, and the ones that had water it was just walking through it with above knee water .... nothing special.

I believe they could have done a heck of a lot better for the price and I will book my whole corporate team with Goliath next year since it was way more engaging and fun unlike Spartan which was a lot a lot of just cardio with many spots without obstacles and just walking running sections (I can do that at home)


Arizona Spartan Sprint 2019

Feb 13, 2019 by KMS

This being my 3rd OCR race, but first Spartan, I had an idea on what to expect, and I wasn't disappointed. It was a chilly start, and had 23 obstacles to conquer. Every one of them had at least one volunteer stationed at it to give pointers for first timers on how to attempt a new challenge. There was A TON of mud! No joke, hair to toe was caked at one point...and that was after completing an obstacle, not failing it. Burpees sucked, as always, but you do them because that's what you signed up for. And as SGX coaches will tell you, "Spartan's do their burpees." I did all of mine, but I witnessed a lot of people, particularly on rope climb, who skipped them. Very disappointing. Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and will certainly sign back up for it again next year. AROO!


Canadian Spartan cheap skates

Jul 26, 2018 by Sam

Stick to the US Spartan races. The Ontario Canada race hasn't even begun and they suck. MudRunGuide's advertised 10% off code wasn't working but Spartan's site said only 6 slots available until "Sold out" so I registered anyway. The next day the site said 94 slots open (same price/time frame, etc.). So I then contacted Spartan looking for either a 10% credit or at least a token (Spartan bucks or parking pass). They said they sometimes open up more slots and they have no deal with MRG and only offered an undisclosed discount to a future Canadian event, which are much more spread out than US so I'd have to fly to take advantage of their future race discount. They refused to do anything else, even just a parking voucher. Cheap skates!! When I pointed out that going from showing 6 slots "until sold out" to 94 seemed more like a marketing ploy than adding a few for slow enrollment...no response. And to think how cheap it would've been to keep me quiet.


WASTE OF TIME

Jul 15, 2018 by Money Hungry Wankers

I’ve really been looking forward to this event. Seeing I couldn’t do it last year due to a foot injury. Had a nice drive to the event that was the only positive. Parking staff was completely rude as fuck! Telling me how to position my car. They want all the cars very close to each other, like I couldn’t get out properly. Then they were laughing.

Check In: Went well / did the mobile lockers

As I was waiting an announcement was made that they’re only holding off the Men’s Elite won’t start at 7:30AM. Kept on mentioning bad weather. Then another announcement was made that they’re holding off all waves. Then a few seconds later another announcement said “Everyone head back to your cars. We’ll let you know if the race is on.”
How are we suppose to know and nobody cell phone has any service. I knew it was going to be canceled. I stayed in my car and waited for the rain to ease. The rain wasn’t letting up, I left around 9AM.
This company preaches they’re the best and talks like they provide great customer service. BULLSHIT. Nobody knew what the fuck was going on! When I got home, checked the Social Media’s. Race wasn’t canceled but an announcement was going to come across the Facebook event page at 12PM. No announcement, other racers informed the event page the event was canceled.
No refunds or our parking fee refunded. They had plenty of time to know about the weather. Got everyone to attend just to find out hours later the race is canceled.

Save your money and go with an affordable different company. Spartan is a bunch of money hungry ass bitches. It’s a big business for them, they don’t care about the people. I had another race scheduled with Citizens Bank Park going to defer and give the coupon code to someone else.

Fuck them! Worst company ever! If I could give zero stars I would! A waste of everyone’s time.


Oct 18, 2017 by Eff Joe $partan$$$$$
Event Name: All races 

First of all, $partan races are the best OCR out there. The regular people that run the races are what makes $partan great. The company seems like all assholes who think they are better than everyone. If you have any kind of issue to be resolved be prepared to jump through hoops with little to no resolution. $partan is now so money hungry its pathetic. I am all for changes they have made to uniform the races in hopes of OCR becoming an Olympic sport but the other changes in pricing and other $partan issues have become a headache. I'm not just the only one noticing this. I won't go into detail but I can assure you I was charmed by all things $partan and then I realized the code that is preached is not upheld by the company when they have screwed me over on several issues ranges from trivial to important. $partan does not care because they are growing and growing. I'm not saying people shouldn't run $partan races, but don't be fooled by all the other bullshit. The races are great and a challenge. Not one time have I ever complained about a race being too hard or too easy or too much mountain. I only complain about the poor customer service I have received. I assure you that I have been involved in many areas in $partan and ran over 60 races. But I am done.....maybe Id reconsider if $partan showed some integrity to the customers who have made the company the best on OCR. Try listening to us and giving us what we want.


Seattle 2 Beast Review

Sep 26, 2017 by Trevor Hayward

On Saturday September 16, 2017 I ran the Spartan Beast at the Meadow Wood Equestrian Center in Snohomish, WA.

I’ll begin with a little bit about the venue. This is my second time completing this particular Beast race and I have also done the Super once. For the most part, its a really easy location to reach and there is plenty of parking. Upon arrival, you immediately notice multiple horse arenas surrounding the registration area. This is a world-class equestrian show facility and it really does look like it. Not to mention the SkyKomish River creating the Southern border of the property.

Registration/checking in was pretty rough. I arrived a little over an hour until the start time of my heat and had to wait almost 30 minutes in line to scan my barcode and get my packet. Wasn’t a big deal for me as I gave myself plenty of time, but there were quite a large number of people that I overheard talking about missing the start of their heat due to the long wait.

Normally, I like to run in the competitive heats, but due to the fact that I was driving up that morning from Portland, I was forced to sign up for the open heat and a late morning start time to avoid a wake up time in the very early hours of the morning. Thus, I started the race at 11:15 AM.

I wear my Garmin VivoActive HR during the race to keep track of time, distance and elevation. My watch tracked the distance at 12.94 miles. One of the volunteers after the last barbed wire crawl and slip wall stated that the course was 13.6 miles, but the few people I talked to ranged from 12.7 miles to 13.4 miles.

I won't hit on the all the obstacles as some are self explanatory and don’t need a recap. The first half of the race differed greatly from last year if I remember correctly. The first mile flew by with only the hurdles and overwall to get through. Then we hit river and ran along the shore. Had to do a low crawl through sand and then coming back a low crawl through the water. This part of the race I actually really enjoyed the scenery. Running along the river with trees surrounding us made it a little tough to watch my step on the treachery terrain and not take in the view.

From there we came back towards the equestrian center. This year the dunk wall was early on made sure no one came away clean. Shortly after the dunk wall I saw the monkey bars in the near distance. At first, I thought that we were headed straight there and I assumed I would be screwed. My hands were covered in mud and still not dry. I did my best to rub them in some dirt/grass, but luckily I was wrong and we actually did a little loop that allowed my hands to dry prior to the monkey bars.

About a mile later came my personal nemesis. The Twister. I am not sure why, but in my 2 attempts so far, I haven’t even made it to the second half of the obstacle. Not this time. This time I easily made it through. My plan going in was to give it a couple tries (since I was in the open heat) if I failed the first attempt. Even if I completed it on a subsequent attempt, I definitely would have done my 30 burpees regardless.

After a couple more obstacles, including the atlas carry, I came upon the Z-Wall. This is the second point of the day where I really regretted being in the open heat (first was the registration line) as when I get to the obstacle there was a 5-10 minute wait. I found what appeared to be the shortest line without looking at the path of the blocks and waited. This turned out to be a big mistake. The path that I choose had a grouping of blocks in the middle that had the foot and hand placement only a few feet apart. This may not have been so bad, except I am 6’2” and was essentially bent in half trying to keep my grip and move forward. This ended up being the first (and only) obstacle that I failed. Did my 30 burpees and moved on.

Up until this point I was feeling really strong and confident. More than half the race was done as I had just passed mile 8 and I was riding the high of completing the twister for the first time, despite my failure at the Z-Wall. Then things picked up.

This is the 3rd moment that I really regretted being in the open heat. We were back into the trails and beginning the really technical climbing. Unfortunately, I got stuck behind some people that weren’t aware that others would be trying to pass (I have no doubt they were trying their best to move quickly for them) and I wasn't willing to take the risk of knocking them off the trail (some spots would have had a pretty nasty fall). After climbing for what felt like forever, we finally emerged near the festival area for a quick set of 3 obstacles: the new vertical cargo, rope climb and an updated version of the multi-rig. The vertical cargo had a 5 foot (by my estimate) platform that you had to climb on before you got to the cargo net to climb over. The multi-rig started with a straight bar, followed by some rings and then a baseball. It ended with a dismount onto wooden wall that had spaces in between boards to climb up and over.

Next was the bucket brigade. I had studied the map prior to the race and new that there wasn’t anything that I considered extremely grip intensive for the remainder of the race. I didn't worry about saving my grip and just held onto the bottom of the bucket with both hands and moved as quickly as possible. Shortly after this came the sandbag carry. This was a single sandbag and I picked the first one I saw that looked to be evenly distributed and threw it on my shoulder. I believe I only switched shoulder’s once during the sandbag carry - it was not very long.

Following this was more and more trails. For every climb, there was a fairly significant down hill. It was at this point that I started to feel the cramps coming on in my calves and quads. I was prepared though and went through a couple of packets of mustard which shortly cured my cramps. I did my best to at least power walk the ascent’s if I wasn’t able to run them and then power down the descent. We popped out of the woods at one point to do a barbed wire crawl and the slip wall and then we were right back in. It was after the slip wall that the volunteer told us we were at 11.4 miles of 13.6.

After some more up/downs in the trails we were finally at the home stretch. Next obstacle was the spearman. I was somewhat nervous for this as not only is it easy to fail, but I barely managed to succeed at the Portland Sprint. In Portland, I actually stuck it into the head of the wooden figure. The volunteer told me to move and so I did, but I didn’t know if that technically counted. I did check later and confirmed in the rules that sticking it anywhere on the figure/hay counts as a completed obstacle. This time I aimed a little lower and managed to stick it in the top of the hay bail without issue.

Herc Hoist and Olympus were the next two obstacles. I liked having Olympus near the end. I normally find this obstacle pretty easy, but with the exhaustion of 12 miles on my legs, it made being in that tight position a real struggle.

The final obstacle (no fire jump due to a fire ban in the area) was the ladder climb. Tons of controversy surrounding this obstacle. I personally did not struggle with it, but I easily see how many could. I used a reverse grip with my left arm to hook it around the next rung and then stepped up. I actually found going down more difficult as I got my hands a little too close to my feet and felt like my feet were close to slipping through the ladder a few times. I looked it up afterwards and the general consensus seems to be that you are meant to climb up the side of the ladder, rather than the front. Shortly after I completed someone had a pretty bad fall from near the top of the ladder. I have seen the video posted on here recently if you want to search for it.

The only thing left after the ladder climb was the sprint to the finish. At the end of the day I finished in 2 hours 51 minutes with only 1 failed obstacle. Beat my time from last year by 30 minutes, and I feel I could definitely have been faster if I would have been able to do competitive. My work schedule didn’t allow me to go up to Seattle the day before the race this time.

I hope you enjoyed this review of the Seattle Beast. If you have any questions about the race or my training plan, don't hesitate to ask.


The Ultimate Mud Run, Obstacle Race and Adventure Race Guide , USA 3.8 5.0 87 87 Best organized OCR event I've ever been to. Great obstacles, layout, amazing location! Festival area was fun, great merchandise store. We had a blast.
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