Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few years, or doing everything in your power to ignore the growing sport of OCRs (Obstacle Course Races), you’ve heard of the Spartan Race. From the Spartan Sprint (3+ miles and 15+ obstacles) to the Spartan Super (8+ miles and 20+ obstacles) to the infamous Spartan Beast (12+ miles and 25+ obstacles,) the Spartan series appeals to beginners, elite OCR racers, and everyone in between.
Spartan has some big news for 2015. The first noteworthy item is the Spartan UP! podcast which will be starting in January. This free podcast will feature Spartan founder and CEO Joe DeSena’s interviews with a variety of successful people around the world. Authors, adventurers, athletes, and academics will be interviewed about what makes each one so successful at what they do. Sign up for this intriguing series here.
The next bit of news for 2015 is the Spartan Cruise coming in March. This is a truly unique destination race! This Caribbean Cruise will take participants on a 3 day cruise to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. A first of its kind private island Spartan Race will be held here. In addition to the race, cruisers will be able to train with the elites, meet Joe DeSena, hear expert speakers, and more.
For those of you who can’t do just one Spartan Race, the 2015 Spartan season pass has been released. This pass allows for unlimited Spartan racing! Pass holders can race in any heat without extra charges, take advantage of free bag check, and get special hotel and rental car discounts. This pass is a must-buy for those training for a 2015 Trifecta.
2015 will also include a new venue for the Spartan World Championship. This event will be held in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California in October 2015.
Run Oregon readers, a special 15% discount code is yours if you sign up for a Spartan Race by January 15, 2015. Just use the code: runoregon when you register. Upcoming events include the Boise Spartan Sprint on June 13, the PacWest Sprint on August 8 (in Washougal, WA), and the Seattle Super on October 17. For information on other events and locations click here.
I just registered for the Boise Spartan Sprint, where I will join my sisters, who live in Idaho and whoever else we can convince to come with us, for our first ever sister (and friends) OCR. I’ve become a bit of an OCR addict, but this will be my first Spartan event. I can’t wait! Run Oregon readers, want to join me? Get signed up! We are going to have fun – guaranteed!