How difficult is the Spartan Beast Race? That was the first question that I thought of when I first learned of this race that was scheduled to come to my neck of the woods (Northern California – Sacramento) on 11/17/2012 and although I have read much about just how difficult it is…I’m just going to have to wait and find out!
I had heard of races like Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, and other such Mud Runs, but honestly, I have never had the interest to do something like that. I am a runner (or at least I like to think so) and these obstacle runs just seemed too cliche’, too gimmicky, too commercial, and although I’m sure a lot of fun and definitely a challenge….they just weren’t for me. I am starting to think I was wrong because…
Then I heard about the Spartan Race.
I initially assumed that it was just like all the others due to it’s “Spartan” theme, but I had to take a second look at this one. There seems to be something different about this race that I can’t exactly put my finger on. It seems grittier, tougher, and it appears a lot more challenging than some of the others I’ve seen and most reviewers seem to agree with that from what I’ve read.
There is something Gladiator-esque and warrior-like about this killer looking race without it really trying so hard to do so or without it being forced in a way that comes across phony.
The Spartan Race was even voted Best Obstacle Race 2012 by Outside Magazine, so that has to mean something, right?
This is going to be an EXTREMELY challenging test that I sure hope I am up for!
So What Is This Race?
The Spartan Race is an obstacle race that comes in a couple different distances and number of obstacles. There are actually 50 of these races held across the globe. Most people, it seems, start out with the Spartan Sprint, but I am going straight for the Beast (hopefully, not a move I regret).
- The first is the Spartan Sprint, which is 3+ Miles/15+ Obstacles. (check out my buddy Brett Banford’s review here)
- The second is the Super Spartan, which is 8+ Miles/20+ Obstacles.
- The third (and the one I have officially registered for), is the Spartan Beast, which is 13+Miles/25+Obstacles!
- I think that they also have a Spartan Death Race for the SERIOUSLY motivated.
Complete, or should I say survive all three and earn the honor of the Spartan Trifecta!
The obstacles consist of many things such as lots of cross country/trail/mud running, jumping over/through? fire, climbing walls, ropes to climb, carrying cinder blocks through water, tons of mud to fight through, a real life gladiator pit to battle in, and I am sure some surprises along the way. To best describe this race though, check out this video…If considering running the Spartan Race, this will give you a much better idea of what you are in for!
November 17, 2012 is the date when I will answer the question, “Just How Hard is this Spartan Beast Race?” Until then, I am going to keep training. Did you just watch that? I HAVE to keep training! I am currently doing an Insanity Asylum/Body Beast Hybrid, but I will be adding some distance trail running (my favorite trail: The Dipsea) to that as well.
I have already recruited 3 brave souls to join me in this challenge. I can’t wait til we all cross the finish line together…bloody, muddy, bruised, but alive (hopefully lol) just like Spartans! It really is going to be a blast!
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