NEWS





Suns out guns out! 

Things are starting to heat up and to kick Summer off, we're offering:

  • £25 off the Reebok Spartan Beast
  • £20 off any Reebok Spartan Super
  • £15 off any Reebok Spartan Sprint
Use promo code SUMMER at checkout. Heats are filling up quickly and space is limited, so reserve your spot today and start training before Summer passes you by.

Aroo! 

-The Spartan Race Team 

This offer ends 25 June. Valid for UK Spartan Race only. Discount cannot be applied retroactively. Not valid with any other offer.



UPCOMING RACES




LONDON, England, Spartan Race, the world’s premier obstacle race series, recently announced that Richard Pringle, one of the sport’s top British coaches and athletes, has been promoted to Race Director for Spartan Race UK.

Pringle, 37, who had been serving as Operations Director for Spartan Race UK, will continue to oversee race operations and will replace Dan Tuffnell in his leadership capacity and as liaison for Spartan Race.

“Richard Pringle has done an outstanding job this year helping us design challenging courses and produce world-class events throughout the UK,” said Lee Goss, the General Manager for Spartan Race International. “Richard is widely respected within the obstacle racing community, is an experienced elite coach, and is the embodiment of Spartan Race. We’re thrilled to expand his role with the organization, and with Richard at the helm, Spartan Race UK is preparing to deliver its biggest race calendar ever in 2015.”

Richard Pringle said: “I’m so excited to continue my relationship with Spartan Race UK and to have a chance to build on the great progress we made in 2014. It’s a great honour to be heading up Spartan Race UK, and my love and passion for the Spartan brand and for obstacle racing as a whole will make the races next season our best yet.”

Pringle, who was born in Hastings, East Sussex, has toured the UK extensively, competing in or attending dozens of different obstacle races, and he brings all this experience, as both a competing athlete and as a top coach, to bear in his new Spartan role. A distinguished sportsman and athlete in his own right, Pringle has studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts for six years. A keen badminton player, a former club rugby player, and a former club runner with 10 half-marathon medals to his name, he is also an advanced personal trainer.

According to Goss, “Spartan Race is growing rapidly internationally, and has been on the lookout for great senior talent globally. Naturally, this included the UK following the release of Richard Lee from his duties and responsibilities here early this year. Richard Pringle definitely fits the description of what we look for among our leaders, is a big advancement for Spartan Race UK, and someone we can build a solid team around.”

Spartan Race UK is set to embark on a record-breaking season in 2015; delivering its most ambitious race schedule ever with seven race weekends and nine events, beginning on 16 May with the Spartan Sprint at Allianz Park. For complete 2015 event and registration information, visit http://spartanraceuk.uk/


About Spartan Race, Inc.

Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race, is the world’s leading obstacle racing series and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With over 130 events in 17 countries during 2014 alone, Reebok Spartan Race has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The global event series features races at three distances, 5+ km/15+ Obstacle Sprint, 13+ km/20+ Obstacle Super and 20+ km/ 25+ Obstacle Beast, culminating each year in the Spartan World Championship. With competitive Elite heats and Open heats for all fitness levels, Reebok Spartan Races offer something for everyone. The Spartan lifestyle continues its goal of ripping people off their couches and helping them lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives. Log onto http://www.spartan.com for more information, a schedule of events, and to register for a race.

SPARTAN UP PODCAST

The epitome of grit, Joe Desena, founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking answers from experts like Sir Richard Branson, Steve Pressfield, Barbell Shrugged, and many more. Joe’s interviews with authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, CEOs and thought leaders will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need. He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these interviews. We give you the ultimate blueprint and action steps to assimilating these powerful conversations into your own life. The Podcast is now live here:

THE WORLD’S GREATEST LIVING EXPLORER | SIR RANULPH FIENNES


Sir Ranulph Fiennes holds the greatest number of exploring world records of any living person and almost inconceivable endurance in every facet of his extraordinary life. Considered the world’s greatest explorer, he has a decidedly different take on concepts such as grit, obstacle resistance and success. But even if his views don’t take on the traditional motivational parlance, they have clearly worked in his life, an extraordinary one to say the least.


RICHARD BRANSON | SHARES HIS SECRETS TO SUCCESS


Richard Branson defies conventional wisdom on success. With Virgin Airlines – he started a thriving airline literally in an afternoon. With Virgin Cola – he took one of the most successful companies of all time head on and almost won. With Necker Island – he acquired the island first believing that the money to develop it would show up eventually, it did. A notorious adventurer, Branson is clearly, within reason, not afraid to live.


MONTY HALLS | 7 MEALS FROM A SAVAGE


Monty Halls, a BBC host and adventurer, has the definitive test of grit: See what happens when people are denied their next seven meals. Hunger will transform us all into gritty, foraging survivalists. When voluntarily stranding himself on a remote island in Scotland, the rugged individualist in him leaned on the strength of the community. After all, it was their hard earned knowledge and culture that helped them survive the rugged environment and it would be foolhardy to ignore this.


MIMI ANDERSON | HOW SHE WON 3 WORLD RECORDS


All Mimi Anderson really wanted was thinner legs. She ran the windiest road imaginable to get there, a journey that brought her across frigid tundra and blistering desert alike and placed her in the record books for posterity. Along the way, what she found hidden underneath her compulsion to run was a passion to challenge herself and grow. Anderson runs it in 100 mile+ chunks, but swears that 5k is plenty if that’s what challenges you. She has one deceptively simple piece of advice: Just sign up and you’ll find a way to make it happen.


TONY THE FRIDGE | HOW TO ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE


It started as a bet, but soon turned into a mission. Tony the Fridge carries a 93 lb. “burden” on his back on journeys that make marathons look like fun runs. Why? He does it for those who carry what he sees as greater loads, notably the cancer sufferers for whom he raises funds. How? He never runs solely relying on his own strength. He is empowered by the community supporting him. His dedication to them leaves him no choice. When he’s running, Tony rarely thinks beyond the next step.

JUNIOR SPARTAN EVENTS



The Junior Spartan Race was created to help Junior Spartans foster a life-long commitment to fitness and health. These events provide an opportunity for young athletes to develop and test their fitness in an exciting, outdoor environment where having FUN and getting DIRTY is mandatory! Racers of all athletic abilities are encouraged to connect with their inner warrior as they run, walk, crawl and climb their way through a fun-filled obstacle course that helps them discover just how SPARTAN STRONG they really are! Junior Spartan Races are held in conjunction with all 2015 UK Spartan Sprints and Supers. Find your next Junior Spartan Race below.

This race was created to help Junior Spartans foster a life-long commitment to fitness and health. These events provide an opportunity for young athletes to develop and test their fitness in an exciting, outdoor environment where having fun and getting dirty is mandatory! Racers of all athletic abilities are encouraged to connect with their inner warrior as they run, walk, crawl and climb their way through a fun-filled obstacle course that helps them discover just how Spartan Strong they really are!

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FAQ

Post Race

Can we make team t-shirts?

Racers are allowed to make t-shirts for their teams using our logos, as long as you are not SELLING them. You do not need approval or permission to print our logo on your team shirts, but if you sell that t-shirt, once it is designed, it does become a legal issue.

Where can I find my photos?

Can't find your photos? Here's a couple of things to keep in mind:

First, please allow up to 7 business days after the event for your photos to be fully posted and ready for viewing.

To find your specific race/event gallery:

  • Go to: www.epicactionimagery.com
  • Select GALLERIES from the menu bar on the right
  • Select your event
  • Search your headband number in the search field in the top righthand corner

What is Spartan Race iTab?

You can show off your Spartan Race Finisher's medal with a custom-made iTab insert. Personalize your medals with your finishing time or anything that is unique to your race and the journey you took to get there. To purchase your very own ITab, click here. Each iTab costs $10 and will be sent to you in the mail. When you receive it, simple remove the protective sticker from the insert and place it into the rectangular slot on the back of your medal!

How are points and rankings calculated?

The more difficult a race, the more points you earn. Run with the best in an elite heat and qualify for potential prizes. Total points possible with both Elite Heats and Open/Regular Heats is 300 – so each race loss or win critically important. Each competitor’s point score will be based on his/her performance against the winner’s time in his/her age group and the following overall measures.

Points attributed to each respective race performance are then attributed based on race difficulty: Beast – 100 percent; Super – 98 percent; and Sprint – 96 percent. In addition, bonus points will be awarded for podium placement in Championship Races.

Can I get a refund or exchange clothing purchased at a race?

All race day sales are final, no exceptions.

Where can I purchase Spartan merchandise online?

This is not yet available in the UK at the moment. A comprehensive line of merchandise is available for purchase in the merch tent on race day.

Are there awards and prizes for top finishers?

The top 3 male and female ELITE racers will receive a plaque at each race, photo opportunities, and prizes. Cash awards and prizes vary from race to race. However, every winnder will receive a free entry into the next level race. Ex. If you win a Spartan Sprint, you will receive a free entry for the Super of your choice.


Event Day

What should I do when I arrive on race day?

Once you arrive on-site and have parked:

  1. Proceed to the "Registration" tent near the entrance of the festival area
  2. Sign your Spartan Participant Waiver, if you did not bring one with you
  3. Approach one of our volunteers sitting at the check in stations, they will check you in and give you your race packet! Make sure you have a numbered headband, wristband, timing chip, and zipties.
  4. Ziptie the timing chip to your running shoe, get your headband on your head!
  5. If you choose, drop your stuff at the "BAG CHECK" tent for safe-keeping
  6. Head into the festival area and look for the signs that say "START"
  7. Now go out there and have a great race!

AROO!

Where can I find medical help at the race?

There are numerous volunteer paramedics and EMS personnel at every event. If you get injured, or have a medical emergency, staff and volunteers are standing by to radio to them for immediate assistance. If you find someone injured on the course, do not attempt to move them. Find the nearest Marshal and alert them and they will radio for medical attention.

What if there is a water obstacle and I can't swim?

Some of our events will have water elements. Most of them will be in water than you can walk through, if you cannot swim. If there are water obstacles that require swimming, talk to the Spartan Official manning that obstacle for options like: completing it with a life vest, or skipping the obstacle and completing penalty burpees.

What about the weather on race day?

Generally speaking, we race rain or shine, heat or snow.

For us to not have a race, it must be a severe act of God such as a hurricane, forest fire, flood, blizzard, etc.

So, if you get up and it is pouring rain, we are racing.

If it is snowing, we are racing.

If it is hot, we are racing.

If it is cold, we are racing.

Please plan to dress accordingly and use your judgement on your own personal limitations.

IF for some reason we must cancel an event due to uncontrollable weather conditions (like the hurricanes in 2011!) emails will go out to all registered racers and announcements will clearly be made here on the site, and via social networking channels.

Are there water stations on course?

We have water and aid stations on every course. During a 3+ Mile Sprint we may only have one aid station halfway through. During a longer race, like a Super or a Beast, we will provide up to 4 aid stations.

We do not provide gels or food, so please plan to bring your own. Racers are welcome to, and encouraged to bring camelbaks or waterbottles to address their personal needs throughout the course.

When in doubt, bring it.

Can I skip an obstacle? Is there a penalty?

NO. Spartans don't skip obstacles, we overcome them!

We strongly discourage skipping obstacles without attempting them as it is unfair to others that do attempt them. As well, what is the point of doing an obstacle course race then? However, if you must skip an obstacle, that you DO first at least try but simply cannot complete it, there will be a mandatory set of burpees that you must complete before moving on. This is the case with ALL obstacles... so that can be a lot of burpees - so try hard and complete those obstacles.

Is there a spectator fee?

No, come and watch the fun for free!

What should I wear?

You could wear:

  • Shorty shorts, monkey suit, or Lycra
  • Bikinis, compression shorts and socks or a tiara
  • Marathon gear, triathlon gear, or spelunking gear

It's your choice, really. We do suggest trailing running shoes and lightweight apparel that drains well; remember, it's likely you will be soaking wet and/or muddy.

A great rule of thumb is to race in what you train in - new shoes on race day are NOT recommended.

What should I wear?

You could wear:

  • Shorty shorts, monkey suit, or Lycra
  • Bikinis, compression shorts and socks or a tiara
  • Marathon gear, triathlon gear, or spelunking gear

It's your choice, really. We do suggest trailing running shoes and lightweight apparel that drains well; remember, it's likely you will be soaking wet and/or muddy.

A great rule of thumb is to race in what you train in - new shoes on race day are NOT recommended.

What should I bring?

Please bring a signed copy of your race waiver and a photo ID.

We recommend running shoes, lightweight apparel, and a camelback for longer events. We also recommend a plastic bag or two for your muddy clothes post-race. We sell gear onsite so you can change and wear rad Spartan gear while you walk around the festival, sporting your finisher medal.

What time should I arrive on site to pick up my registration packet?

Please arrive approximately 1.5 hours before your start time to navigate parking, registration, bag drop, and warm up!

I’m an IRUN4 member and I need an extra medal!

Spartan Race is proud to provide an extra medal to racers that are participating in the IRUN4 program.

If you are an IRUN4 participant and need an extra medal to send to the person you run for, you may either:

  1. Cross the finish line and let the Finish Line Team know who you Run For. They'll provide that extra medal on site.
  2. Write in to Spartan Race Customer Service, letting us know who you Ran For (and what race) and we can mail that medal to whatever address you provide.


Pre-Race

I have questions about my race, should I contact the venue?

Please DO NOT CALL the venue with questions about Spartan events. They will not have any answers. Please search all race day questions in our FAQs or get in touch via our Zendesk contact form.

What will I receive prior to race day?

Prior to race day, you will receive:

  1. An email confirming your registration/purchase
  2. Several important email updates, as your race date approaches (keep an eye on your spam/junk mail folders to make sure you don't miss them!)

Registration Packets, Bib Numbers, Finisher shirts, medals etc. will NOT be mailed prior to race day. All items are to be picked up on site, at the event.

What if I can't print my waiver?

Not a problem, just bring your photo ID, and sign a paper waiver at the registration tent on the day of the event.

How can I print my waiver?

You will receive an online check in request from Trumin, which will ask you to login and check-in. Once logged in, please click your "My Events" tab and select "Attending."

How can I check my Start Time?

Please log-in to your my.trumin account and check it there.


Registration

The heat/event I want is sold out! Can you add me in?

Sorry, but once a day is sold out or a heat is sold out, we cannot add you in. We list and promote our races for many, many months and once a race day is sold out or a heat time is sold out, it is gone. For safety reasons, we can only allow so many racers on a course in a day; if we're at that number, we will not be able to squeeze in your friend, teammate or spouse, no matter how much we'd like to. To prevent this, we encourage you to sign up yourself and your team as early as possible. We offer Race Day and Last Minute registration whenever we can, but if an event is Sold Out to capacity, these options will not be available.

Can I sign up on the day of the event?

Yes, we do allow same day sign ups, but please note that this may not be possible if certain heats or events are completely sold out. Please see our registration team on the morning of the event to inquire.

Is there an additional insurance fee?

No. All insurance fees are included in the price of the ticket.

Can I do multiple laps of an event on race day?

Yes, you can. But only one will be timed. If you wish to do another timed lap, please visit our registration tent on the day of the event.

Do you allow refunds?

Unfortunately, Spartan Race does not offer refunds under any circumstance.

What is the Elite Heat?

The Elite Heat is the first heat of the day, reserved for our most competitive racers.

Please note that prizes will only be awarded to those finishing first, second, and third in our elite heat.

What is a Season Pass?

For one price, a Season Pass allows you entry into all Spartan Race UK 2015 events.

Users will purchase the pass, then our registration team at Trumin will enter them into individual events. Please allow up to a week for individual events to appear on your “My Events” tab in your my.trumin profile.

Season Pass holders can also enjoy complimentary parking and bag drop.

I’m interested in registering a large or corporate team, what now?

If you think you will have a group of 25 or more participants, get in touch via our Zendesk contact form and we can offer you additional rebates.

Can I register by phone or mail?

No, registrations must be completed online.

I found a discount code after I registered, can I still use it?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to retroactively apply a discount to an existing registration and no refunds are available.

What is the minimum age to participate in the adult course of a Spartan Race?

You must be a minimum of 14 years old on race day to participate in the adult race. No exceptions.

What is my confirmation email?

Your confirmation email is your email receipt from Trumin, confirming your place and inviting you to check in!

How do I get bib numbers, race waivers, the athlete guide, packet pickup, confirmation email info for my race?

About a week before your event, you will receive an email from Trumin asking you to check in online and print your individual waiver and QR code.

You will also receive another email from Spartan about a week before the event containing other pertinent racer information.

You will receive your race packet on the morning of the event containing your numbered Spartan headband, wristband, and timing chip.

Can I use the same email address to register more than one participant?

No! When you register, your email becomes your unique user name in our system and must be associated with only you and your personal profile.

How do I register for a Spartan Race?

Look for the REGISTER button on each race’s specific event page or on the homepage and following instructions, enter your details, and continue to the payment page.


What is Spartan Race?

Can my Stadium event count towards a Trifecta?

Yes. Racers that complete a stadium event will be able to count that as "Sprint" toward their Trifecta.

Can I complete my Trifecta internationally?

You can complete your Trifecta by doing Spartan races in any country around the world!

When will I get my Trifecta medal?

You will receive your medal after the Beast race (or if circumstances are different, please send us an email).

What is a Trifecta?

Trifecta is when you complete a Sprint, Super, and Beast all in the same calendar year (ex. All in 2015, January 1st until December 31st).

What is the difference between a Spartan Sprint, Super, and Beast?

Distance and, in general, extremeness.

A Spartan Sprint: 5+ KM / 15+ OBSTACLES : Spartan Sprints are a great starting point to becoming a Spartan. The muddy 3+ mile/15+ obstacle Sprint is fun for everyone, from beginners to seasoned athletes. The shorter Sprint presents plenty for the hardcore Elite to test themselves against, while giving new Spartans a good start to their Trifecta!

A Super Spartan: 13+ KM / 20+ OBSTACLES: The Spartan Super obstacle race provides an 8+ mile/20+ obstacle riddled battlefield of insane terrain, combined with obstacles to test your physical strength and mental resolve. The Spartan Super is designed to push you to your limits, show you the strength inside, and lead you across the finish line!

The Spartan Beast: 20+ KM / 25+ OBSTACLES: The Beast is a grueling 12+ mile/25+ obstacle race. Think you know what you are capable of? Then step up to the Beast and get out of your comfort zone. Our Beast of an obstacle course will bring you face to face with your demons. No excuses, no mercy, no giving up!

Can I get a course map or obstacle list?

There are some staples in our repertoire. There are also some venue specific and terrain inspired obstacles.

We will not, however, spell it out for you. Additionally, you will get no course map to inspect. We like to keep our racers on their toes.

There is fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and occasionally Hell on Earth.

There WILL be obstacles to catch you off guard. Curve balls, so to speak.

Get over it.

We’re here to rip you from your comfort zone. If you need a road map for each step of the way, then maybe this race isn’t for you.

What do I get with my entry?

  • Event race shirt (if you finish)
  • Chip timing and individual race time
  • Awesome finisher medal!
  • Post race party – music, food to purchase, and beer*!
  • Bragging rights and photos with good looking Spartan staff and mascots!

*Beer where applicable and following all drinking age laws.

What makes Spartan Race extreme and unique?

Wondering what separates Spartan Race from other obstacle races? The clock!

If our courses do not kill you outright, our clock will. This is not just a "trail run" or any old "mud run", it's a race. Most anyone can manage 10 miles and some obstacles, but we present you with the ability to hit the course hard and see how you rank. Not just against the competition, but also against yourself. We want you to shoot for PERFORMANCE and reach it.

What are Spartan Junior Races?

Every UK Spartan Sprint Race has a children’s race. These are a much tamer version of our adult race, about 0.5 miles of miniature obstacles, inspired by our adult course. Your kids will love it. These races are for kids aged 4-13 and are not timed.

What is Spartan Race?

Simply, Spartan Race is the world's leading obstacle race series. It's an event of pure primitive craziness that you'll never forget!

Spartan Race has:

  • Races all over the globe!
  • Different distance events for different levels and styles of racing
  • A unique culture and community of athletes working together to overcome any, and every, obstacle.


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