Spartan Race International Giveaway Contest


Have you wanted to travel for a Spartan Race?

Obstacle Racing Media and Spartan Race are offering you a chance to travel the world, run an international Spartan, and help ORM document it along the way.

Several Spartan racers (1 per trip) will be picked to visit 4 races outside the United States in 2017.

Final dates to be determined, so you must become available for the race you win when chosen. The final 2017 international calendar is being put together as we speak, but as of right now, some of the options we are looking into are:

Europe – How does a French Alps Trifecta Weekend look to you?

Cuba – If Spartan pulls the trigger on this one, you’ll have a chance to experience an amazing Cuban island experience.

Asia – The Agoge just went down there in China. Now you can go yourself.

South America – Spartan will be back in Brazil in 2017. Would you like to be there?

There are additional options we can’t even mention as they are not locked in as of the time of this writing!


Comment in this article with a link to a 2-3 minute video. Be sure to check “Also post on Facebook”.

The video should let us know the following:

  • Why should we choose you?
  • Which area of the world do you prefer to travel to and why?
  • What value can you add to Obstacle Racing Media by being a part of this journey?
  • What makes you a good travel mate?

These videos can be serious, or funny, or bad ass, or whatever best represents you at your best. Other than addressing the above questions, we’re wide open.

A panel from Obstacle Racing Media and Joe DeSena ,himself, will pick the winners.

Your comment link getting the most likes doesn’t necessarily win, but it sure doesn’t hurt.

Entries must be received by Midnight on November 30, 2016.

Remember: Comment in this article with a link to a 2-3 minute video. Be sure to check “Also post on Facebook”. Go ahead and comment now if you plan on making a video as well. Let’s get the excitement going.

*Spartan Race will take care of flights, accommodations, and free entry into the race. Decisions of the ORM and Spartan as part of this contest are final. Official Rules Are Below.




Void outside the Continental United States and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least eighteen (18) years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, the continental United States at the time of entry (each person entering the contest a “Contestant”).  By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Contest Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor (as defined below), which are binding and final on matters relating to this contest (“Contest”).


CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest period begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) on October 24, 2016 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 30, 2016 (the “Contest Period”).

SPONSOR:  Spartan Race, Inc.

HOW TO ENTER: There is no cost to register or enter. During the Contest Period, visit and follow the instructions provided to enter to win the Contest prize.

In order for your entry to be considered, you must comment on Obstacle Racing Media’s article titled “Spartan Race International Giveaway Contest” with a link to a 2-3 minute video and check the “also post to Facebook” box (“Contest Entry”). Your video should address the following:

  • Why should you be selected?
  • Which area of the world would you prefer to travel to and why?
  • What value can you add to Obstacle Racing Media by being a party of this journey?
  • What makes you a good travel mate?

LIMIT: One (1) entry per person throughout the Contest Period. Multiple entries will not increase your odds of winning. Entries received from any person in excess of the stated limitation will be void. Contest Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. Multiple entries in a single day from the same Facebook or other social media account will not be accepted.

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of the Continental United States who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of Contest Entry. Employees of Sponsor and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean spouses, parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, and each of their respective spouses.  “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

CONTEST WINNER SELECTION: After the Contest Period ends, Sponsor will review all submitted Contest Entries. On or about December 9, 2016, a panel comprised of representatives from Sponsor and Obstacle Race Media (the “Panel”) will choose the winning Contest Entries based on creativity of the video and responses to the posed questions. Odds of winning may vary and depend on the number of eligible Contest Entries received. Contest winner selections are final and are subject to eligibility verification by the Panel.

CONTEST WINNER NOTIFICATIONS: Contest winner(s) (each, a “Winner”) will be notified via the social media channel on which they submitted their Contest Entry. If such Winner(s) do not respond to such notice within forty-eight (48) hours with their full name and email address, that Winner’s prize may be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate winner may be selected. The Winner(s) must complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, IRS W9 form, Release of Liability/Publicity within fifteen (15) days of date of notification or an alternate winner may be selected from the remaining eligible Contestants. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, the Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential Winner, or a potential Winner is not in compliance with these Official Contest Rules, that Winner’s prize may be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate Winner may be selected.

PRIZES:  Four (4) winning videos will be selected by the Panel in its sole discretion. Each Winner will be eligible to receive one (1) of four (4) prizes of a travel package to participate in a Spartan Race held outside of the United States (to a race in either Europe, Cuba, Asia or South America) (each, a “Prize”). The destination of each Prize will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Each Prize includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare (economy class or comparable value) for one (1) person to an airport near the Race destination from a major commercial airport near the Winner’s residence (as selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion);
  • Free entry for Winner to a Reebok Spartan Sprint, Super or Beast (each a “Race”);
  • Accommodations for three (3) to four (4) nights (depending on departure location and Race location) in or near the Race location for Winner as chosen by Sponsor, in its sole discretion;
  • Ground transportation to and from the destination airport and transportation to and from the venue holding the Race (for the avoidance of doubt, Sponsor will cover the cost of an economy rental car, but not any insurance coverage in connection with a car rental. If Winner elects to forego the use of a rental car, Winner is responsible for his/her own transportation); and
  • Free bag check at the Race for the Winner.

Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each Prize: 

Europe: $2,500

Cuba: $2,600

Asia: $2,500

South America: $2,500

Terms and Conditions:  Any difference between ARV value for each prize and actual value will not be awarded. Any Contest Entries containing or featuring lewd or inappropriate content or behavior, including swearing or sexually suggestive language, nudity, or any content which would otherwise violate the Facebook Community Guidelines at will be disqualified.

Each Winner must redeem his/her prize by December 15, 2016, or it will be forfeited and Sponsor will have no further obligation to that Winner. Winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes and any other costs and expenses not explicitly listed herein as provided by Sponsor as being provided. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any of the prizes listed herein with one of comparable or greater value. Winners’ prizes may not be assigned, transferred, changed or redeemed for cash, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Contest Rules.

PRIVACY:  A valid email is required to enter the Contest. After you enter, Sponsor may collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, complete mailing address, and email address. By entering and providing the required registration information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may send you information, samples, or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor. Sponsor may also include your name and postal address in postal address lists that Sponsor sells or rents to third parties for marketing purposes. Your email address will not be sold or rented to third parties. For more information about how Sponsor uses the information you provide, see Sponsor’s privacy policy at IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST.

COPYRIGHT: By entering the Contest, each Contestant grants to Sponsor and its licensees an exclusive, royalty-free and irrevocable right and license to publish, print, edit or otherwise use the Contestant’s submitted Contest Entry, in whole or in part, for any purpose and in any manner or media now known or hereinafter developed (including, without limitation, the Internet) throughout the world in perpetuity, and to license others to do so, all without limitation or further compensation. Contest winners may be required to sign any additional license and release that Sponsor may require to provide Contest winners’ their corresponding prize and for Sponsor to use Contest-winners’ names, biographical information, addresses, picture/photograph likenesses, video footage and/or voice, for advertising and promotional purposes without further consideration to the Contest winners in connection with Contest winners use and acceptance of prizes.

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Contestant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or the prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the Contestant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will Contestant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Contestant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than Contestant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and Contestant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

RELEASES:  By participating in this Contest, Contestant agrees to release Sponsor, its licensees, Venue owner, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and agents, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss, damage or death arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Contest and/or acceptance, use or misuse of any prize.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, stolen, misdirected, undelivered or garbled Contest Entries, referrals or registrations; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of Contest Entries, the announcement of the prize, the cancellation or postponement of any event, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to Contestants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the website or otherwise in violation of these Official Contest Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this Contest if the Contest is compromised by computer virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, proper play or integrity of the Contest.  In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, Contest Entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account associated with the Contest Entry and he/she must comply with these Official Contest Rules. The authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Except where prohibited by law, Contest Entry constitutes permission to use Contestant’s name, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Contest in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Contest, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to Contestant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, and/or on a winner’s list, if applicable. Contest is subject to all applicable U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Contest winners will be issued an IRS 1099 tax form in the amount of the ARV of the prize.

CONTEST WINNERS’ NAMES: For the names of the Contest winners, available after December 15, 2016, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to International Giveaway Contest Winners’ Names, Spartan Race, Inc., 234 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

Obstacles In The Olympics – Parkour Opens The Door

Obstacle-related sports made an appearance on the programme of an Olympic event last month, but perhaps not in the way most in the OCR community might have imagined.

Antoine Dupré at YOG

© YIS / IOC Jed Leicester

The Mouvement International du Parkour, Freerunning et l’Art Du Déplacement was invited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to contribute to the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games, as part of the sports and culture festival that ran alongside the more traditional competitions. As shown with skateboarding and climbing, this has become a pathway to wider Olympic inclusion.

“In the beginning, we were just doing it for ourselves,” said parkour co-founder Charles Perrière. “But what we were doing took on a life of its own. People told us we had to show it to the world, and as teenagers, we wondered what it would be like to take our creation to the Olympics. So being here is a nice little bit of recognition.”

Parkour showcases, demonstrations, and teaching took place indoors and outdoors, with practitioners also performing on stage at the Opening Ceremony. There were no competitions.

The indoor shows featured purpose-built modules from Cube Sports and were followed by classes for the audience, including members of the IOC. The latter were clearly impressed by what they saw. Legendary pole vaulter and IOC Executive Board member said: “It’s what I see the kids enjoying. The world is changing, there is some creativity, some new ideas that people bring to sport: this is always great.”

Supported by Ubisoft, the makers of the vastly popular Assassin’s Creed video game in which parkour movements are a key feature, allowed a positive link to be drawn directly between physical activity and youth culture.



© ArtFact / The Mouvement

The outdoor demonstrations and coaching took place in a DIY obstacle park, deliberately built out of construction site waste, pallets and cable drums. The goal was to remind participants (and their parents) that imagination, interest and common sense are all that are required to turn raw space into a place to play.

Parkour Olympics

@ArtFact / The Mouvement

Given the snow and ice, it was helpful to have the right pair of shoes, a common issue with OCR athletes who will recognize The Mouvement’s sponsor, Icebug, from the OCR World Championships. But OCR and parkour share more than just an interest in shoes.  Many OCR participants have turned to their local parkour groups to learn how to overcome obstacles, by treating anything and everything as an obstacle, and there are some shared roots.

Olympics parkour@Mathieu Chabasse / The Mouvement

Parkour stems from the French word parcours: commonly used in the context of parcours du combatant, or obstacle course. And as well as the more recent parkour, the French can be credited with the creation of modern obstacle courses.

At the French army’s physical education school, many of the features of modern obstacle courses and the thinking behind them were developed in the mid 18th century. Rigs featuring ropes, rings and more are the direct descendants of the portique concept created by Francisco Amoros, as demonstrated below in 1835:


A true visionary, Amoros wrote in 1832: “People’s greatest degree of skill and strength comes from finding within themselves the ability to overcome obstacles without recourse to additional help, which is not always available.”

Spartan Race 300 To Become A Standalone Event. Plus The Return Of The Gladiators


Spartan Race 300 Standalone Event - Sydney Stadium Sprint

Spartan Race Australia has long been a proponent of balancing the needs of competitive obstacle racers, with their desire to inspire and challenge anyone to take part in their events. With this in mind we recently saw the announcement of some major changes to the Spartan 300 event, as well as the re-introduction of the Spartan Race Gladiators.

With changes that will no doubt be met with broad approval from the obstacle racing community I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Spartan Race Australia CEO, Max DeLacy, to learn more about what this all means.

The Spartan 300 has 12 to 15 obstacles designed to test your all round strength, fitness and agility.

The Spartan 300 has traditionally been a series of 12 to 15 ninja warrior style obstacles in the final 300 meters of the Stadium Sprint and Super events. It was originally unveiled at the ANZ Stadium Event in October 2015 and was seen as the ultimate challenge to finish off what had already been a tough but rewarding event.

The idea of the Spartan 300 was to level the playing field and provide an opportunity for the all round obstacle racer to make up some ground and really show off their obstacle racing, rather than pure running, ability. In addition to that the 300 was a timed separately and offered a prize pool of $1,000, $500 and $250 for first, second and third respectively.

As a result this was a highly contested event that appealed to not only to elite obstacle racers, but also those with a background in other competitive endeavours such as crossfit. With competition however, comes the desire to perform at your best and while the initial feedback on the 300 as an “event within an event “was overwhelmingly positive Spartan Race Australia always had a three phase plan to implement and wanted to see that the best of the best rose to the top.

The rope climb is always a fan favourite.

This has led to the decision to run the Spartan 300 as a completely separate event within the wider Stadium Sprint/Super races. This provides the opportunity for all racers to complete the normal race to the best of their ability and then recover before tackling this grueling 300 metre challenge. Running in waves of 4 it will provide a spectacle for other racers and the public to see and also pit the top obstacle racers against one another in a closely fought competition. The first time this will be implemented is at the upcoming Stadium Sprint at Suncorp Stadium on the 29th of February 2016. The elites will be taking the field at the Spartan 300 between 10 and 10:30am with announcements to be made on the day so that there is plenty of time to get over there and see the action as it unfolds.

In addition to the above Max was also pleased to announce the return of the Gladiators to Spartan Race Australia events. In the revised format the Gladiators will now be positioned after the timing mats and be completely optional. Those who do not wish to run the gauntlet can simply pass to the side.

The driving force that allowed for their return was the recognition that Spartan Race Australia has a lower number of events than our American counterparts and as such the organisation of Gladiators for each occasion is much more manageable. Above all Spartan Race want consistency at their events and the decision to re-introduce the Gladiators reflects Spartan Race Australia’s confidence in achieving this.

Spartan Race Gladiators set to return to Australia.

Max outlined that a lot of work had been done behind the scenes to allow for their return and did so because he saw how much some people enjoyed facing off against the Gladiators. As long as there are smiles on both sides as you come into face the Gladiators Max believes it can only be a good experience.

All in all there are some positive changes taking place at Spartan Race and in particular the Spartan 300 has the potential to really become a stand out event in its own right. Have you previously competed at the Spartan Stadium Sprint/Super? If so what was your original impression of the Spartan 300 and do you think this is a move in the right direction?