New Zealanders will get the chance to test their mettle on the world’s #1 obstacle course race when Spartan sets up in Auckland this August.
“Spartan has reached over 30 countries and one million participants around the globe, and on behalf of the Spartan team I’m thrilled to be able to bring it to Auckland, and to all Kiwis, for the first time!” said Chris Heverin, Managing Director of Spartan Australia & New Zealand.
In a 3 year partnership with Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED), Spartan will be bringing its City Sprint + Spartan Kids event to Auckland in what will be the first time Spartan has been held in New Zealand.
Head of Major Events at ATEED, Stuart Turner, said “We’re expecting a number of visitors to travel from around New Zealand and Australia to participate or sit back and watch as a spectator, as well as garner some great publicity here and internationally.”
Ellerslie Racecourse will be transformed into a 5km City Sprint, including more than 20 Spartan obstacles, as well as a special course for a Spartan Kids race. The Spartan Auckland City Sprint will take place over the 2nd and 3rd of August, with the kids-only race held on the 4th of August.
The Spartan City Sprint is billed as an entry into the world of Spartan, and the course has been designed so that anyone can run it. Spartan promise this will be the 5K like it’s never been seen before and will be bringing all their signature obstacles to New Zealand shores including; the infamous Spartan Spear Throw, the Hercules Hoist, the Cargo Net Container Complex, The Multi-Rig, and so much more. Participants can take on Spartan solo or in a team, and will have the chance to climb, crawl, jump, and swing over, under, and through some of the best obstacles in the world!
The Spartan experience kicks off once you arrive, where you can expect to be part of a buzzing festival area. Featuring a Spartan DJ & monstrous speaker setup on site, the festival area will also feature a bunch of top-notch food vendors and other activations, making it one hell of a way to shake off the winter blues. Everyone who completes the 5K course will also receive a Spartan racer headband, Spartan Sprint medal, and a Spartan finisher t-shirt, as well as a finish line beer!
Spartan Kids, to be held on Sunday 4th of August, will feature 1-2km of pure muddy joy suitable for children of all fitness levels. Junior Spartans between the ages of 3-13 are encouraged to come along and conquer specifically designed Spartan obstacles while having a whole heap of muddy fun in a non-competitive, safe, and supportive environment.
Parents can run the course with their children for free, and kids will receive all sorts of freebies; like a badass 2019 Spartan Kids’ medal, a Spartan Kids’ t-shirt, and a Spartan Kids’ headband!
Registration is open now, and Spartan is offering up great team discounts, with corporate, gym, schools and sports team packages also available. To learn more, and to claim early-bird tickets before the next price rise head to www.spartanrace.co.nz.
And don’t forget to use ORNZ’s discount code for 10% off your Spartan entry!