Since I started running a couple of years ago, I have participated in some pretty unique races. I have never raced for time, just for fun and fitness, and recently for charity. Because I am often seeking fun or challenging running experiences, I have participated in road races, trail races, mud runs, and even costume runs.
One thing I haven’t tried yet, but I am interested in, is an obstacle run. So I was pretty excited when Spartan Race recently contacted me about their current series of obstacle races. Voted Best Obstacle Race by Outside magazine, Spartan Race is an adventure racing event that challenges you with physical obstacles and plenty of opportunities to get sweaty and dirty while you run. I can only imagine the feeling of accomplishment you must have when you complete one of these tough courses.
From the Spartan Race website:
“Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal. . .
Having experienced many different racing events, we wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as our events have a challenge for everyone’s needs.
Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race.
Whatever your level, Spartan Race will test your strength, stamina, and sense of humor.”
The 2013 Spartan Race season includes dozens of race events in the US, Canada, and the UK and you can check out the full schedule here. They even have a ballpark series with Spartan Sprint events held at some of America’s best baseball parks, including Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park and Boston’s Fenway Park. For the locals, the Mid-Atlantic Super Spartan (8+ miles, 20+ obstacles) will be held in Nellysford, Virginia on August 24th and 25th this year.
If you are interested in trying out a Spartan Race yourself, I have great news!
Spartan Race has offered 15% off race registration for any race in the continental US if you click through to this coupon code: http://bit.ly/spartanwarrior
Also, Spartan Race will give away one FREE race registration good for any open heat in any Spartan Race in the continental U.S. to one lucky Vegology reader.
I will choose the winner via a random number generator next weekend. The deadline to enter is 11:59 PM on Friday, July 12, 2013. There are four ways to enter and you will get one entry per activity that you complete, for a possible total of 4 entries per person!
Here is how to enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post about anything at all: running, obstacles, being fierce, that time you posed for a post-run photo like you were a pirate, your favorite recipe for macaroni and cheese, etc.
2. Like Vegology on facebook and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.
3. Like Spartan Race on facebook and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.
4. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment on this post with your twitter handle and a link to your tweet.
You can tweet whatever you would like but here is a suggestion: I just entered a giveaway for a free @SpartanRace registration on @Vegology at http://bit.ly/1aQzuA9
The fine print: Please make sure that you leave a separate comment on this post for each activity you complete so that you will get all of your entries. You will only receive an entry for the first time you complete each of the activities (so. . . 64 tweets does not get you 64 entries; it gets you one entry). The maximum number of entries per person is four.
Remember that the deadline to enter is 11:59 PM on Friday, July 12, 2013. May the odds be ever in your favor!