WHO DARES WINS
MORE than 5000 race entries and an atmosphere bigger and better than the last year’s inaugural event. Spartan Race delivered for the masses once again and it didn’t matter what age or experience, Spartan racers like Marty Burke proved that the battle is won or lost in your mind. After being given the green light by his doctor the 65 yearold completed his first ever Spartan event and at the finish line we asked him what he thought; his response “I loved it... and I’ll be faster next year.”
SPARTAN Race organisers say the weekend’s Bright Trifecta couldn’t have gone better.
“We had four new marquee obstacles, a lot of new stuff in the festival area and an atmosphere that was just buzzing all weekend,” Spartan Race CEO Max DeLacy said.
“Numbers were good, we actually got completely wrong footed by the amount of people, adults and kids, that signed up on Saturday.
“Normally you only have 50 or 100 people sign up on the day but we had 400-500 and a que that was 150 metres long.
“We weren’t ready for that but it was amazing.
“The kind of weather for racing couldn’t have been better, overcast at times but still with a good amount of sunshine and no rain apart from a little bit on Sunday.
“All the feedback we had from people who came for the first time thought it was incredible but also people that were here last year said this year was so much better.”
There were over 5000 race entries with around 3500 adult competitors taking on the Spartan challenge across 7km, 14km, 21km, and 42km distances plus close to 1000 junior racers. “You know what is great, we had a significant number of international racers, people who travelled here after hearing about last year,” DeLacy said.
“We had Spartan racers from Canada the USA, Europe and Asia, mainly Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and Thailand.
“The people of Bright and the Alpine Shire have really made it their own, they are so into it and I think that’s infectious.
“There are so many amazing stories including a 65 year-old man running in his first Spartan Race, just incredible.” Wandiligong’s Matt Murphy again topped the podium winning all three races, the Sprint ( 7km), Super ( 14km) and Beast (21km). DeLacy said next year the event will return to November after being pushed forward to October due to the scheduling of the Asia Pacific Trifecta in Perth.
“I’m pretty sure we’ll be back on the last weekend in November but we’re just waiting to get the all clear from council,” he said.
“Spartan will go through a game changing evolution over the next 12 months and I honestly can’t visualise what it’s going to be like next time we’re here. “For the APAC event in Perth next month we have eight brand new obstacles and for next year we’re really committed to rolling those out at every location to bring a new unique challenge.
“Channel Seven are bringing Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge to primetime television.
“It’s going to be there version of Ninja Warrior and what it means is that our logo and our name will be introduced to living rooms around the country.
“Bright being our grand finale again, I couldn’t think of a better way to end the year.”
NET TROUBLE: Hundreds of kids took to the junior Spartan race on Saturday morning.
FINISHERS: Local teens Cal Mantyvirta and Jalen Barker took on the Spartan challenge on Saturday.