Spartan Race: Obstacle Course Racing

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I ran my first Spartan Race in May of this year. Liam, my brother, and Craig, a cousin, both ran too.

Spartan Race is an obstacle course race. You probably know the type. They’ve exploded in popularity over the last five or so years.

The start of this video shows a little of us running the course.

The race was tough and a lot of fun. We crawled through barbed wire in mud, carried logs, rocks, sandbags and chains up steep terrain, climbed over 8 foot walls, inverted walls, structures covered in cargo net, ran through rivers, ascended ropes, threw spears.

It was epic. And created some epic memories.


I grew up with this gem of a TV program, Gladiators.

My 8 year old self probably got most satisfaction from naively ‘knowing’ how I’d do better than almost all of the competitors, how I wouldn’t have fallen off the rings, would have crushed the last obstacle run and set a new course record, how they’d probably hire me to be the youngest Gladiator on the team.

Fast forward a couple of decades and there’s still something exciting about obstacle courses, although my perceived abilities are just a tad less inflated.

The documentary, Rise of The Sufferfests (well worth a watch!), dives into the reasons why these types of events are growing rapidly.

Shout out to Obstacle Course Trainer, Barny O’Neill, who helped me to a 102nd place finish (out of about 3,500 competitors) for my first event.

I’ve signed up for my second race, coming up at the start of October. I’m looking at another two in November. And rumours may soon start surfacing of my brother and I doing a big race next year.

All this after thinking the first race would be one and done. The idea was to check an obstacle course race off the bucket list. Immediately after the first race I had no strong desire to repeat, but after a month of slightly obsessing over how I could improve, I had to do another.

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