Reebok Spartan Race heads to South Africa

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Obstacle race community receives major boost with first Spartan Race to held in Johannesburg

The much anticipated Spartan Race Series is proud to announce the arrival of the race in South Africa. With more than 100 events and an expected one million athletes worldwide this year, the world’s most successful obstacle race series will make its debut in Johannesburg on 1 November 2014.

“We’re excited to finally showcase this amazing experience in South Africa. We know the adventure racing community has been waiting patiently and we’re very happy to announce the hard work we’ve put in over the last two years has finally resulted in the race landing on South African soil. We’re preparing a super exciting undulating race course at a venue we will announce soon,“ said Spartan Race Director, Chesney Thomas.

The Reebok Spartan Race in Johannesburg will offer both the SPARTAN SPRINT of 5+ kilometers and the SPARTAN SUPER of 12+ kilometers. Endurance, strength, agility, speed, dexterity, balance and co-ordination – all of these qualities will be taken into consideration as the course is constructed with a focus on the venue’s terrain, as at all Spartan Races.

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Reebok, which supports the series worldwide as title sponsor, is also extremely excited about the event in Johannesburg.

“Reebok is very proud to be assisting in bringing the Reebok Spartan Race to South Africa. This is a joining of two aligned forces, Reebok’s mission is to inspire people to be fit for life and the Spartan vision is to inspire people to test their limits and change their lives through the sport of obstacle racing,“ said Bruce Joubert, CEO Reebok SA.

“In order for a fitness lifestyle to be sustainable Reebok has identified a need to compete, be measured and to have camaraderie thus avoiding routine and boredom. Spartan brings this to life for the participant and is a fantastic new adventure for any level of fitness enthusiast.“

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The race will fiercly challenge its participants, at times making them question why they entered but all these thoughts will be put to rest at the end of the race as they finish and become proud Spartans. The different race categories cater for all in the Spartan community, as the Sprint challenges participants looking for speed and a shorter distance and the Super exists for those who seek a seriously tough challenge.

“We have developed the Reebok Terrain series shoe – the first of its kind – specifically for Spartan racers. It is waterproof, repels mud and rinses clean to help athletes stay light. These features make the shoe fully washable and athletes need not throw their shoes away after the race,” added Bruce Joubert, CEO Reebok SA.

The race is timed and judged by marshals and the results are entered into the global Spartan Race Series rankings, so that particpants are able to compare times with Spartans all over the world.

The event will boast a festival-like atmosphere with music and entertainment for all spectators as they follow closely and cheer on friends and family through the obstacles.

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The Spartan Race Series was voted Outside Magazine’s “Best Obstacle Race“ in 2012 and is the first series to introduce a global ranking and a World Championship. The first Spartan Race took place in Vermont (USA) in 2010. Since then it has enjoyed great success story the series growing to more than 100 races in 2014 worldwide.
What makes Spartan Race different?

Established in 2005 and venture-backed as of 2012, Spartan Race is the leading worldwide obstacle race event series designed by seven ultra athletes.

Our mission at Spartan Race is simple: To deliver the toughest possible endurance challenges that give the athlete the adrenalin rush of a lifetime! Participants will test their resilience, strength, stamina, quick decision making skills, and laugh in the face of adversity.

At the Reebok Spartan Race series we have established quality and safety standards that ensure that every Spartan Racer has an outstanding experience on a safe but challenging course. Each Spartan Race is different as we work as much as possible with natural obstacles in the terrain. We then add obstacles such as flaming-logs and muddy-ditches to the course.

The races are ranked, timed and judged and athletes compete in elite heats for prizes and for glory. Spartan Race are the first of their kind to have established a global ranking on which every participant is listed when he/she completes the race. There is also an Annual World Championship Spartan Race.

At Spartan Race we celebrate obstacle-course-racing as a sport and our goal is to challenge our racers to earn the right to call themselves a Spartan.

If there’s ever any doubt as to what it means to be a Spartan, look no further than our motto: You’ll know at the finish line!

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