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World’s Largest Endurance Event Brand, Spartan Race, Kicks-Off 2017 US Season with Sold-Out Weekend in Southern California

Source: Spartan Race, Inc.

The Road To the World Championship in Lake Tahoe Begins Saturday; More than 60 Races Scheduled Domestically, and more than 200 Worldwide

BOSTON (January 27, 2017) – Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle race company kicks-off its 2017 US season in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Saturday, January 28 with a sold-out field during the Reebok Spartan SoCal Super and Sprint Weekend. Globally, the Spartan Race season kicked-off in the Czech Republic January 14 with races in Dolní Morava. 

The race weekend features the Spartan Sprint, a shorter distance race (3-5 miles; 20-23 obstacles) race for people of all skill levels; the Spartan Super, a middle distance race (8-10 miles; 24 – 29 obstacles) with additional obstacles and challenges; and kids races designed for boys and girls as young as 4 years old.

“We’re kicking-off the 2017 US season and the biggest year for Spartan Race to-date with more than 20,000 competitors and spectators coming together to test their grit and take-in the action at the sold out race,” said Spartan Race Founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “We can’t think of a better way to begin this historic year.”   

With more than 60 races planned across the United States, 200 events worldwide, and more than one million competitors hitting the course in 2017, Spartan Race is larger than any other obstacle racing or endurance event brand on the planet. This year, all roads lead to Lake Tahoe, Calif. where the world’s best athletes will collide for the 2017 Spartan Race World Championship September 30, 2017 for $100,000 in cash and prizes. To qualify for the World Championship heat, elite men and women racers must finish in the top 5 at any Spartan Race around the world during the 2017 qualifying season.

“Whether individuals and teams are competing to gain entry in the exclusive World Championship, or set healthy goals to change their lives one step at a time, Spartan Race is about pushing boundaries and striving for growth,” said De Sena. “We live the Spartan lifestyle and strive to bring it to more people across the Globe who seek a challenge and healthy transformation.”

In the US, the grueling road to the top includes the NBC Sports Network televised Spartan Race US Championship Series, with stops in Washington, California, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, culminating in the finale in West Virginia. During the series, individual race winners and an overall series champion will be crowned and awarded more than $100,000 in cash prizes. Overseas, the 4th annual Spartan Race European Championshipwill be held September 16, 2017 in Encamp, Andorra.

Additional race highlights for the season include the Stadium Series taking place in some of the most hallowed baseball and football stadiums in the US, and the Honor Series, which takes place on US Army bases across the country. Globally, Spartan Race continues to expand its footprint in countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, South America, Canada, Africa and Asia Pacific, with large-scale growth in China, including races in Beijing and Shanghai on the mainland, in addition to Hong Kong, Taiwan and more. For a complete list of national and global races visit

The 2017 US Season will see the return of a number national brand partnerships including the global title sponsor Reebok, Clif Bar, Marriott and Marriott Rewards, TomTom, US Customs and Border Protection, Ascent Protein, FitFour Gloves, Perfect Shaker and Boku Superfoods along with exciting strategic media partnerships with NBC Entertainment, NBC Sports and the Daily Burn.  For more information on sponsorship go to


About Spartan Race, Inc.

Spartan Race is the world’s leading obstacle race company and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events in 30+ countries in 2017, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants, and offers open heats for all fitness levels as well as competitive and elite heats. With more than 5 million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, as well as the popular NBC television series, Spartan Race has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports—and lifestyles— in the world. Spartan Race features races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating each year in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship. Visit for more information, a schedule of events, and to register for a race.

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