Unlike Tough Mudder, which stresses non-competitive teamwork, the Spartan Races are timed! You race against yourself, the clock – and if you are after a Top 3 placement, against everyone else.
Why are obstacle races becoming so popular? People are looking for something different, new and exciting, which tests not only their fitness, but also their mental strength, endurance and even sense of humour. The races are fun and challenging and the shorter distances are a realistic goal for anyone – from the weekend warriors to the pro athlete. Perhaps it’s also part of our primal nature to seek out danger and adventure, and to see how far we can push ourselves. Or maybe, it’s just an opportunity to play in the mud?
Whatever the reasons, completing a race is a huge sense of achievement – and don’t forget the bragging rights around the water cooler on Monday morning!
Obstacle races are attracting teenagers to seniors, but with an average age of mid 20s to 40s; still more men than women compete although the ladies are fast getting in on the action. Runners sign up as individuals, or as teams, with many gyms and companies registering large groups. They all share a common goal – to have fun, test themselves, finish .. and then enjoy a well-deserved beer at the end!
If you’re looking to break out and do something different, you still have time to sign up and train for the Super Spartan in Squamish on September 22nd. This crazy 8 miler, interspersed with military-style walls, cargo-nets, fire and MUD will get your heart pumping and the adrenalin flowing.