If you’re a lover of obstacle course races (I am looking at Run Oregon blogger Annette Vaughan), set aside time this weekend to take on the free Spartan Virtual Race.
Organized by the team that puts on the popular and very challenging Spartan Race series, the free race includes four distance options, from Sprint to Ultra. The Sprint is a 5k run plus 20 obstacles, the Super is a 10k plus 25 obstacles, the Beast is a 21k plus 30 obstacles, and the Ultra is a 50k plus 30 obstacles each done twice. I will try the Sprint, because I have not really been doing any cross-training.
There is even a kid’s Spartan race: half-mile, mile, and 2-mile. If your kiddos (like mine) aren’t big into running, there are “run alternatives” (there are for the adult race too) such as biking.
The obstacles are things like tuck jumps, plank up-downs, and dips. If the obstacle names leave you saying, “What?” — don’t worry, there are videos showing each of them.
Participants will then post proof of their work on social media – this can be photos, a video, a link to your Strava activity (make sure it’s public) – and be sure to use their required tags: @Spartan and #SpartanProjectUnbreakable. Last but not least (probably most important, actually) you will need to visit their website to fill out the form with your information and finish time.
There are some options with price tags, which then come with a medal, t-shirt, and a “sponsor box” which includes mainly nutrition items. The picture below is from the Spartan website to show you the medal and some of the goodies.
Now, this is meant to be done all in one go – so, you run the 5k and then do the obstacles, or you can run a quarter-mile and then do one or two – it’s all up to you how you mix thing together. Be sure to start your watch or timer at the very start and don’t stop it until the total distance and all the obstacles are complete!
It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s a good challenge if you want to try something different. So share this with friends and turn it into a socially-distant fitness party! Get more information and sign up online here for the Spartan Virtual Race.