Spartan Race Attendance Growth Continues Post-Pandemic

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Spartan Race has held events at Mountain Creek in the last weekend of April for the annual NJ Tri-State event for many years. This past weekend saw the biggest number of finishers since 2016.

In recent discussions within the Spartan Race community, there has been talk of a decline in interest in the sport’s elite athlete attendance (the “pro side”). Speculations for this trend include the reduction in prize money, emerging opportunities in hybrid events, and issues related to overdue payments from past races.

Despite these concerns, our observations continue to indicate a positive trend in attendance from the general public.

Compared to the same period last year (the final weekend in April), Spartan Race hosted a total of 24 event distances (Sprint, Super, Beasts, and Ultras ) across 11 markets. SoCal, Jacksonville, Arizona, Houston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baylor Stadium, Charlotte, San Diego, Palm Beaches, and Tri-State, with a total of 50,277 finishers.

This year, so far in the United States, there have been a total of 12 Spartan Race weekends. SoCal, Arizona, Jacksonville, Dodger Stadium, Houston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, San Jose, Charlotte, San Diego, Palm Beach, and Tri-State, hosting a total of 71,584 finishers across 22 distances.

Without more financial data, it’s difficult to say for certain, but the growing number of general attendees indicates that Spartan Race could be experiencing improved financial performance. We will keep an eye on this trend as the year progresses.

Matt B. Davis

is the host of the Obstacle Racing Media Podcast and the author of "Down and Dirty-The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs". He is also the only (known) #wafflehouseelite obstacle racer.
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