“The Spartan Race is a challenge created for those who want to prove their athleticism and their spirit. It was designed to test your speed, strength, endurance, agility, skill, and determination. There are 3 main types of Spartan Races. There is the sprint, which is around 3.6 miles worth of running and obstacles. The second is the Spartan Super, which is around 8.5 miles worth of running and obstacles. The last and most difficult challenge is called the Beast. This intense race is half a marathon long and it still has a bunch of obstacles that will either make you sore or quit. Alpha Academy 10th Grader, Dominique Harwood, participated in a Spartan Race this year. He was able to overcome miles of obstacle courses to receive a medal upon completion of the race. Below are some words from the Spartan himself telling us about his experience.
You may be thinking that these are simple obstacles like running around some traffic cones; let me assure you that these thoughts and assumptions are incorrect. At first, it takes it easy on you, making you climb or jump over a four-foot wall. After that, however, things get a lot more difficult. One of the obstacles is carrying a five-gallon bucket full of rocks up a hill, through a forest, and back down said hill. This race puts all of your skills and strength to the test.
Spartan Race has a lot more than just races. It also allows you to volunteer so you can help set it up, tear it down, or even work at admissions or the Spartan Shop. It’s a difficult race that will make you sore for days after, but it really is an eye-opener and a real life-changing thing. Just a warning though to any germaphobes out there that don’t want to get dirty. This race makes you run through forests, climb up a 20-30 foot tall dirt cliff. The worst thing of all for anyone afraid to get dirty when you have to trudge through mud and even go under a wall into the mud completely. After each race, you get a medal and part of a trifecta. The race is a very enjoyable race that can allow even the simplest person to show their strength. I hope you consider doing it because it is definitely worth it.”