Spartan Race Holds First Mass Participation Event Since COVID-19 Began

Spartan Race Pandemic

Spartan Race put on it’s first obstacle race since early March on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. Spartan, had cancelled 22 events to date, losing millions during the 2020 Pandemic. On May 13, while much of the country was still operating under “Shelter In Place”, Joe Desena proudly announced a “return to racing“, when his company got the go ahead from state and county officials.

Spartan produced a smaller event with their Trail Series on Friday the 12th which had just under 150 participants, but the real test came on Saturday. The Saturday 5K obstacle race had 1253 finishers, sending out waves of a maximum of 24 people between 8am and 4pm. While the company typically averages 8000+ participants on an average weekend, Spartan Race considered the event a success of testing their new standards and protocols in a COVID-19 world.

Spartan’s next scheduled event is for West Virginia on August 29, 30. Last year’s event at that location had over 10,000 in attendance over the weekend.

The video below has more on this past weekend in Jacksonville.







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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