David Watson, Vice President of Product at Spartan Race, went on the OCR Audio Podcast today with some big news. He told the hosts that Spartan Race will be reducing the distance of the Super distance to 10K or 6.2 miles. He stated the logic behind the decision is to standardize distances that the running community are already familiar with. A Sprint, Super and Beast will now translate to a 5K, 10K, and half marathon in 2020.
Thousands are commenting across our social media, and you can read them all on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Additionally, we reached out to a few top OCR athletes to get their thoughts.
VeeJay Jones told us:
“I like the idea of standardizing, but I feel like there’s a bit too much of a gap between super and beast. I mean don’t get me wrong, shorter races are definitely my strong suit and the adjustments are great for me personally.”
Brakken Kraker said:
“I think it’s great! This lives up with the format of every major endurance sport, which is great for the legitimacy and clarity of the product.”
Nicole Mericle posted:
“The 800m is not easier than the 5k in Track, they are different disciplines. If you think 6 miles is easier than 8, youre just not racing the 6 miles fast enough I think the move to 5K/10K/Half Marathon distance is great and more recognizable. I do agree with you that Spartan has become easier in some ways. It’s supposed to be an obstacle course race and they’re shortening obstacles and making heavy carries lighter and shorter (shrug emoji)”
Aaron Newell said:
“I am “super” happy for some clarity on the distance and will be overjoyed if they keep the same amount of obstacles!”
and finally, Ryan Woods told us:
“8 miles, 10k, 900,000cm… I don’t give a shit”. (and yes that’s him, we didn’t make that up)
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