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Spartan Race 2014

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The beginning of a year is a time of new resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions many of us set for ourselves is to enhance our lifestyle, whether that means losing weight, improving our fitness or progressing in our overall well-being by giving up alcohol, smoking, etc., we all try to set goals for ourselves. The difficulty however is in maintaining the resolution over the course of time.

One way to continue working towards improvement of fitness is to register in a competition for which we have to train ourselves over an extended period of time. The bigger the challenge we register for, the harder we will have to train and the direct side-effect will be achieving the resolution stated above. There are quite a few picks for which people may wish to train themselves: marathons, races, trail runs, sports competitions, etc. However, there is a new type of obstacle race coming to Australia for the first time, which is exciting, challenging, and promises to improve your overall performance.

Ready to find out what it is? The Spartan Race is the most competitive obstacle course designed to add an element of surprise for the participants and is now coming to Australia after holding over 50 successful events in America, Canada and Europe. The obstacles are intended to give the participants an opportunity to test personal limits, when they are made to run, climb, crawl, jump, hop, drag, lift, throw, balance, wade, push, dodge and engage in other types of physical stances. Sounds like something you may be interested in? Read on.

There are 4 types of races: The Spartan Sprint is the 7K race, the Super Spartan is approximately 10k challenge, the Spartan Beast is round about 20k and the longest course is named Ultra Beast and hovers around the 40k mark. Each obstacle course is timed, so it is a race. You may wish to register yourself as an individual, as a team, or join as an individual to an already existing team. The venues are announced close to the date of the event and there are no course maps, so the element of surprise is quite high. To top it off, the obstacle courses include 'fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and occasionally Hell on Earth'. It is not only a physical challenge but a mental one as well. The organizers claim that their events are "all about challenging today's perception of normal".

The Spartan Race is making its debut in Australia with the lowest level of challenge i.e. the Spartan Sprint and will work its way up the levels eventually. The first of the races are being held as follows:

Brisbane: 8 March 2014
Sydney: 5 April 2014
Melbourne: 31 May 2014
Perth: 13 July 2014

The only way to register is online. You have to be at least 15 years of age to participate in the Spartan Sprint. No need to state that training will be required. Some tips are available here. There are kids' obstacle courses as well. You can also purchase tickets as a spectator and another way to get involved is by becoming a volunteer. For more information, please email

One thing that is given: participating in an event like this will certainly make for a life-time of memories. Find out what you are made of. All the best.

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Why? Challenge Your Body and Mind
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Where: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth (precise locations to be announced)
Cost: Please visit website: costs vary for individuals and teams
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