Spartan Returns, Two Years Later
Spartan Auckland has been postponed a fourth time, now adding up to two full years of postponements.
The event has been plagued with postponements. After a successful 2019 event in New Zealand, Spartan’s return was announced for July 2020. But unfortunately it was postponed to July 2021, then again to October 2021, then again to November 2021, and now to May 2022.
Spartan Australia and New Zealand released the following message,
We really appreciate the support of the Spartan community as we lead the events industry in returning post-COVID. Following consultation with our Government partners and on the back of the recent COVID lockdowns in Australia & New Zealand; we have decided to re-schedule the remaining 2021 Spartan events to the below dates
– Spartan Melbourne Super – 4-5 December 2021
– Spartan Bright Ultra – 11-13 February 2022
– Spartan NSW Trifecta (NEW VENUE*) – 1-3 April 2022
– Spartan Auckland Super – 21-22 May 2022
We believe that postponing the events will alleviate the ongoing COVID challenges and allow the Spartan Australia & New Zealand team the opportunity to deliver world-class Obstacle Racing events and allow more racers the chance to compete.
All previously purchased tickets will be valid for the new dates. But as Melbourne, Auckland, Picton and Bright races have been rescheduled all current and future ticket purchases for these events cannot be transferred or credited to future unannounced 2022 events.
We understand that this is disappointing news for the Spartan community. Still, with ongoing COVID-19 related freight deadlines, border uncertainty, and staffing issues, we have had to remain flexible with our calendar arrangements and make changes where required to give certainty to our racers.
We look forward to seeing everyone back on course
Each postponement has been due to covid lockdowns in both New Zealand and Australia. As the Spartan Australia and NZ staff are based in Australia, holding a New Zealand event means that their crew have to travel over to New Zealand and the status of covid restrictions in either country as well as the status of the border must be taken into account.
In August 2021, the Spartan Trail event due to be held as part of the Spartan Auckland weekend was put under re-assessment.
Spartan Australia and New Zealand released the following,
We would really like to stage the Night 10KM Trail race as part of our Auckland race offering, but in re-assessing the Auckland venue, the proposed Trail course does not meet international Spartan requirements so at this time we are unable to now offer the Friday night Trail race.
We are looking at alternative course options, but in the circumstances felt it best to take the race down from the registration platform.
We will be in contact shortly with the people who have registered and if we cannot find an alternative will be offering a free transfer or a full refund.
We really appreciate your support and understanding.
At this stage the Trail event has not been rescheduled as part of Spartan Auckland for May 2022.