SPORT Bright Spartan bigger, better
SPARTAN competitors can expect an even tougher challenge when the obstacle race returns to Bright in just under a fortnight’s time.
Spartan CEO Max DeLacy said his team was cautious in what it brought for Bright’s first Spartan event last year, but the upcoming race on October 7 will be even more gruelling.
“When you’re coming to a new destination you never want to extend yourself too much first up,” he said.
“The course we built, the obstacles that we brought and the festival area we had were things we thought we could do without too much trouble.
“However, the only way we are going to get people coming back is if we build on things each year.
“People are expecting us to step it up and we’re certainly coming with much bigger guns.”
DeLacy said there will be an entirely new set of obstacles while all of the 7km, 14km, 21km, and 42km courses will be different.
“We have invested a sixfigure number on new obstacles and getting old ones rebuilt to be like new,” he said.
“New obstacles include inverted walls, the Atlas Carry and Z-Walls that you have to climb around.
“We have another really cool obstacle called Olympus where you have to climb along this almost vertical wall with a whole bunch of different hand holds but no foot holds.
“The race is also going to be more exciting and more challenging with how we use terrain and how we position obstacles.”
The festival area and children’s course have also been revamped.
“We’ll have a lot more going on - we’ll have more food vendors, more activation and just a whole lot more to do,” DeLacy said.
“The kids race was good last year but for kids probably 10-plus it got a little bit easy.
“At our last race we had everything from huge cargo nets, rope climbs, rope swings, multiple walls and big monkey bar sets.
“I think the kids that did the race last year are going to come back and be pretty blown away.”
More than 4500 people took on the inaugural Spartan Race in Bright last No- vember and DeLacy said that number is set to rise significantly.
“We think we’ll go close to about 1000 more competitors than last year,” he said.
“I don’t think our team has ever been so pumped for a race - it’s almost like we’re embarking on a holiday.
“Bright and Spartan racers really embraced the first event and now coming back we feel we have an obligation to deliver something even better.”