Spartans to take on Ultra Beast

spartanraceBodies will be pushed to their limits and spirits will be tested from Sun Peaks’ village to Top of the World, and everywhere in between, as the Spartan Race series commandeers the resort on September 28 and 29.

Spartan Race’s are among the world’s most challenging and rewarding outdoor obstacle courses — with competitors racing against the clock, and each other, as they make their way through a series of obstacles in one of several divisions.

The entry level event, a five kilometre Sprint, features around 15 obstacles. Competitors looking for a tougher challenge can try for the Beast, a gruelling 20 km run featuring 26 obstacles, and children aged four to 13 looking for a challenge can tackle the Junior race, a specially designed five km circuit.

And for the first time ever in Canada, competitors keen to tackle the toughest race in Spartan Race history can now compete in the Ultra Beast. This 42 km challenge features mud, fire, ice-cold water, electricity, barbed-wire and more, as participants make their way through more than 56 obstacles, pushing their bodies and minds to the limit.

“This course is the first marathon length obstacle course to be held in Canada,” explains Kelly Duran, marketing director with Spartan Race Western Canada. “We expect experienced Spartan Racers to sign up for it to test their mental and physical strength — and of course, bragging rights when they finish.”

Competitors who entered last year’s Spartan Race will have little advantage, as each Spartan Race takes place on a unique course with venue-specific obstacles. Course maps aren’t provided to ensure each race is a surprise for even the most battle-hardened Spartan.

“Spartan Race is challenging and fun. We get several different types of racers out to our events,” says Duran. “And no course is the same so competitors don’t know what lies ahead when they take off from the start line.

Aidan Kelly, director of sales and marketing for Sun Peaks Resort Corporation, says the resort is looking forward to the Spartan Race returning to the hill and the mountain is the perfect venue to hold the popular event.

“The great existing layout of our hiking and biking trails lends itself very well to the Spartan Race format. Not too many landscape changes are needed from a mountain operational perspective,” explains Kelly.  “The Spartan Race team does an amazing job of setting up all the obstacles upon their arrival for the race and also do a great job restoring the area back to its natural state once the event is complete.”

The Beast and Ultra Beast will be held on Saturday, September 27. Spartan Beast heats of up to 250 people will leave every 30 minutes from 8 a.m. The Ultra Beast will have a single heat, beginning at 7:45 a.m.

The five km Sprint and Junior races will take place on Sunday, September 28, with heats every 30 minutes from 8 a.m.

Find out more or register for the Spartan Race online here.