Anyone who runs OCR races or Spartan Races knows that every race is different and requires different shoes and apparel. Flat races on summer days call for light treaded shoes and lightweight shorts and tops. Mountain races like the Spartan Beast at Killington, Vermont require studded Spartan Race shoes and something to protect your arms and legs.
As Spartan Race continues to grow and establish itself as one of the premier brands in OCR, new ways to push the sports and it’s athletes are emerging every year. One of the most recent challenges Spartan Race has come up with is the Spartan Race Trifecta. The Spartan Race Trifecta is an award competitors earn when they complete a Spartan Race Sprint race, Super race, and Beast race all in one calendar year.
Chances are that if you’re reading this, you might be on the verge of deciding whether or not to do a Spartan Race and wanted a little more information. Or, maybe you DID sign up and just want to know what you’re getting yourself into, in which case AROO! You made the right choice and will have a blast with the whole thing. In either case, there are some things you should know about Spartan Race that differentiate it from other OCR races like Spartan Race. Spartan Race is a different animal than races like Warrior Dash vs Tough Mudder, or Rugged Maniac vs Savage Race. Below, we listed some Spartan Race FAQ that will help you understand what you should expect when you’re out there with a few thousand of some other crazy people who want to test themselves against some of the best Spartan Race obstacles.
Tough Mudder is an event that forces you to work with others, at least on some of the obstacles. There are Tough Mudder obstacles like Human Pyramid, where you have to get up an inclined wall in which the base is in a mud pit; you can’t get a running start! So, you have to work with others at that obstacle to push and lift them to the top. Then, hopefully you can find some people to help you do the same.
There is a scene in Forrest Gump where Forrest meets Lieutenant Dan for the first time in Vietnam, and Lieutenant Dan tells Forrest that the one item of G.I. gear that is the difference between life or death is socks. While the stakes aren’t quite as high in obstacle course racing, having the best socks for Spartan Race can really make or break your experience.
For some, the idea of running through the mud and hopping over walls is fun, but the idea of running through 13 miles of mud and “hopping” over 10 foot walls is a bit too much to take on (at least for now anyway). There are obstacle course race events like Tough Mudder that you really need steady and determined training to complete. The good news for those who aren’t ready for the ultra-serious events is that there is another batch of obstacle course races for beginners.