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Niigata Spartan Race Beast, Sprint, and Hurricane Heat
A 5K that will change your life. The Sprint is the first stop for many in their Spartan journey. It’s also an event that some returning Spartans focus on for years to come for its challenges of speed and obstacle intensity over a shorter distance.
A classic obstacle course racing experience. The Sprint combines relatively easy trail running with 20 obstacles, held on off-road terrain featuring water and mud. Climb walls, crawl under wire, traverse monkey bars, aim a spear throw, and more.
Spartan is a true all-round physical and mental test. Ideal for runners, weightlifters, functional fitness fans, and newbies alike, there are parts of each Sprint that push you in all areas. Focus training on areas you’re not so good at, and if that’s all of them, no problem. Spartan brings together world-class elite athletes, to people just trying to get active.
The ultimate Spartan test; a soul crushing half marathon with 30 obstacles. You’ll rarely find a Beast on flat ground, so your legs will burn with brutal ascents and descents. The Beast is notorious around the world for its difficulty.
Only battle hardened Spartans dare take on the Beast, along with a few foolhardy first-timers. Complete it solo (half marathoners take note), or with friends or a formal team so you can push each other through the unavoidable moments of self-doubt.
You’ll need a decent aerobic base, which means you’re okay running and walking for at least three hours. While you don’t have to run 21K in training, regular long runs are a must. Bodyweight exercises like pull-ups and pushups, and weighted functional training, will prepare your body for the onslaught. Test your nutrition and hydration strategy during training runs.
This extreme event began in Hurricane Irene in 2011, when weather was so brutal all races were shut down. Spartan put out a call: all those hard enough to face the storm, show up on race day. Most didn’t, a few did; and the Hurricane Heat was born.
Hurricane Heat is a mainly team-based event designed to take your mental and physical capabilities to new limits. Expect grueling physical tasks, problem solving, leadership challenges, as well as solo performance tests under extreme conditions.
Personal evolution is the goal of Hurricane Heat. There are no medals here. However, those strong enough to finish a Hurricane Heat will take home some highly sought after swag. The shirt says you’re one in a select club of Spartans worldwide.
Each Hurricane Heat is entirely unpredictable, so ensuring your all-round functional fitness is as good as it can be by event day is key to a successful and enjoyable event. Distance running and marches with a weighted pack are excellent prep, as is bodyweight loaded workouts featuring squats, pushups, dips, burpees, and jumping jacks.