SPORT Bright Spar­tan big­ger, bet­ter

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - SPAR­TAN RACE By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.”

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