Spar­tan Race big­ger and bet­ter in year two By JUSTIN JENVEY

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

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. NET TROU­BLE: Hun­dreds of kids took to the ju­nior Spar­tan race on Satur­day morn­ing. PHO­TOS: Justin Jenvey

“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 FIN­ISH­ERS: Lo­cal teens Cal Man­tyvirta and Jalen Barker took on the Spar­tan chal­lenge on Satur­day. 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.”

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