Calling all warriors! The Spartan Race is back this June on Mount Seymour–all you need to do now is decide whether to race by yourself or in a team of brave combatants.
For those who don’t know, you won’t have to carry a shield and spear like the Spartans of legend while you race. However, it would be pretty radical.
Although, you are the next Spartan of legend should you choose to accept this challenge. And custom Spartan swag is encouraged.
If you’re a thrill seeker, then this is probably too tough for you. (Yes, that is a challenge).
Just like every year, new fun obstacles will get you all fired up while you run, somersault, and manoeuvre against other maniac competitors.
The courses range from five to 16 kilometres in length, although there is a junior option for kids aged four or above.
But remember, it is a race. You also have to be able to do multiple burpees. Don’t worry, they’re fun. (Who are we kidding?)
The Spartan Race has been happening since 2007, when it was founded in Vermont by Joe Desena, who still runs multiple Spartan races each year.
The theme of being a Spartan definitely stresses commitment to the extreme. You have to be willing to get really dirty and let your battle cry out more than often.
So the bar has now officially been set.
However, in 2017, this is more of a mindset than a race, with more than 120 Spartan races happening around the world every year.
With thousands of people becoming Spartans in major cities like Morocco and Seattle, there are of course training programs, podcasts and even a series of books about the race.
Here’s a quick video to give you a taste of the tough task you’ll face:
Now, let’s find out which Spartan class is best for you.
- 5-8 km
- 20-23 obstacles
- 40 minutes fastest time
- $84-$94 (not including taxes)
- 13-16 km
- 24-29 obstacles
- 80 minutes fastest time
So–you’ve got options, and now officially have no excuse. Get ready to be surrounded by hot, muddy people just like yourself. And remember, camaraderie is valued above all else.
When: Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11
Where: Mount Seymour–1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
Register: At Spartan Race, entry costs vary by race