Running in Nebraska just got a little more extreme. The Spartan Sprint, an international racing series, is coming to Lincoln in October.
The trail run spans 3 to 5 miles and boasts at least a dozen obstacles, depending on the venue's terrain. Standard obstacles include a barbed wire crawl, rope climbs, climbing walls and a spear throw, which is heavy and a lot harder than it sounds, spokesperson Carrie Adams said.
She expects about 6,000 people to sign up. It's already about 50 percent full, according to the event website.
Abbott Sports Complex, at 7600 N. 70th Street in Lincoln, is hosting the Oct. 12 race. Organizers have not designed the course yet. Adams said they will be able to do a little excavating – dig a few holes or create a few dirt mounds – when they create the route.
“Nobody is going to see the course until they race it,” she said, which should add to the excitement.
“As a runner, that's kind of intriguing.”
Though the Spartan Sprint sounds similar the Warrior Dash, which debuted in Nebraska last summer, Adams said it's more challenging. “Our goal is to solidify obstacle course racing as a sport,” Adams said.
The organizers also host Spartan Super, an 8- to 11-mile obstacle race, and the Spartan Beast, an obstacle race that typically spans 13 miles.
Reebok sponsors Spartan events, which helps draw more competitive athletes, Adams said, though 85 percent of their runners' only goal is to finish.
“Some training will definitely help. It's recommended. But it's not intended to exclude anyone.”
The $60 early-bird race entry is available until April 11. The price will raise to $100 on the last day of registration, Oct. 9.
Runners will receive a race T-shirt, medal and one free beer. For more information, click here.
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