Do you have what it takes for your challenge of a lifetime? Get ready to jump through fire, climb under barbed wire, crawl through mud, and scale walls at China’s first ever Spartan Race, happening this October 16th in Shanghai, and October 30th in Beijing.
Spartan Sprint: 6km of pure adrenaline!
Originating in the United States, the Spartan Race is the world leader in obstacle course racing and is not only a great way for athletes to compete against one another, but also a fun and exciting way to exercise. Obstacle course racing has dramatically grown in popularity, attracting experienced and novice racers alike. Each course is designed to challenge athletes’ endurance, speed and strength in a safe and controlled way.
There are three primary types of Spartan Races, Sprint, Super and Beast, each varying in difficulty and length from 6km to 21km. But since this is the first time the Spartan Race has ever been conducted in China, they’ll just be hosting Sprint events both in Shanghai and Beijing. Though this is the shortest of all the three course types, it still crams more than twenty obstacles into just over six kilometers (~3mi).
Spartan Sprints not only provide first time racers with a great introduction into the Spartan Race experience, but also gives elite racers the opportunity to compete against other experienced racers to advance their global rankings.
Two main groups of competitors, Elite and Open, will compete at the China races. Both groups compete on the same course and receive a T-shirt and medal for completing the course, but Elite racers compete for prize money with a first place prize of ¥3,000 ($450), second place prize of ¥1,500 ($225) and a third place prize of ¥500 ($75). There will also a be a photographer at the event taking photos of contestants as they race through the course. All photos will be made freely available a few days after the event on the Spartan Race website.
More than 21 signature obstacles
Each Spartan Race obstacle course is unique and specially tailored to the landscape in which the event is held. Every obstacle on the course varies in difficulty and has specific requirements that accompany it.
On Spartan Sprint style events, there are more than twenty obstacles scattered throughout the roughly six kilometers (~3 mile) course. Contestants can choose to opt out of some obstacles and do 30 Burpees instead of attempting the obstacle or challenge. If you fail to complete an obstacle, you must also do 30 Burpees in order to continue on the course. Though no course has the same set of obstacles, here are a few examples of obstacles that can be found on a Spartan Race obstacle course.
Atlas Carry: Racers must pick up a stone and carry it a distance of about 15 meters, do 5 Burpees and then carry the stone back to the starting position.
Fire Jump: Racers jump over a wall of fire
Slip Wall: Climb up an inverted wall using any means
Why does everybody want to join?
Escape the Desk
For students, the Spartan Race is a great way to escape the drudgery of studies for a morning. The Spartan Race in Shanghai will take place on a Sunday, October 16th making a great start to the week. Students can compete against their friends and other strangers to see who is the greatest Spartan Racer. With a valid student ID, racers can register for the discounted price of ¥299 up until the day before the event.
The Spartan Race not only provides contestants with a unique opportunity to test personal limits, but it also serves as an exceptional group bonding exercise. In the Open competition, competitors are encouraged to help one another complete the course by helping hoist a competitor over a hurdle or help carry a heavy sandbag. Furthermore, there is also the added benefit of teams of 10 or more get a discounted price of ¥329 up until the day before the event, October 15th.
How to Register
The Spartan Race will take place in Shanghai on October 16th at . Athletes can register anytime before race day for a discounted entrance fee or on the day of the event for the full price.
(sold out for Shanghai)
¥399 for Elite competition
¥369 for Open competition
Until race day
¥489 for Elite competition
¥459 for Open competition
On the day
¥529 for Elite competition
¥499 for Open competition
*IMPORTANT NOTE: The additional ¥30 for Elite racers allows them to compete for the prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Elite racers cannot receive help from other racers.
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