Pick Your Battle: Spartan Race

Choosing the right obstacle race for you

Aug 1, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Tagline: You’ll Know at the Finish Line

What It Is: Spartan Race is serious racing, with timed courses ranging from the three-mile Spartan Sprint to the 27-mile Ultra Beast. The obstacles—flipping tractor tires, carrying buckets of sand, hopping from log to log—are basic but brutally taxing.

Defining Trait: Burpees, 30 of them—the penalty for a failed or skipped obstacle.

Why You’ll Love It: Within the series, there’s always a tougher race to try.

Timed: Yes

Similar: Superhero Scramble (from $39); Iron Warrior Dash (from $145)

Price: From $38

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