Spartan Racing borrows its name from the great warriors who defended the Greek city-state of Sparta and were made famous by the movie 300. The Spartan Race as we know it today was one of the very first obstacle course races in the world, and has grown to be one of the major players in the industry. Spartan Race was founded by Joe DeSena in an attempt to bring a new type of adventure race to a wider audience.
In 2017, Spartan Race introduced a new “competitive wave” to most races in its circuit. Now, there are three waves you can choose from when signing up for a Spartan Race: Spartan Race Elite vs. Spartan Race Competitive vs. Spartan Race Open. Unlike some other race series, you do not have to qualify for Spartan Race Elite or Spartan Race Competitive waves, so deciding which wave to enter can be difficult for someone who isn’t sure what to expect in each wave.
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 are a lot of similarities between Rugged Maniac vs Tough Mudder, but there are also a lot of things that make them stand out from each other. Below, we found some key information that will help you prepare, whether you’re an OCR pro or a first time racer looking to get their feet wet (or muddy!) when one of these races comes around.
There are many similarities between Spartan Race vs Rugged Maniac, but one notable one is that Spartan Races tend to be more grueling, endurance-based events whereas Rugged Maniac would be better obstacle course races for beginners. It’s not to say they are easy by any means, but your fitness level and what you’re looking for play a big part in determining which race would fit each individual.