AMESBURY — To date, 2,100 athletes from across New England have signed up for the Boston-area edition of The Spartan Race at Amesbury Sports Park on Aug. 28.
The race will include a 5K trail race loaded with extreme obstacles. The full-day event offers live entertainment, barbecue and post race party that includes a free beer for registered racers over 21 years old.
The Spartan Race aims to provide people with an experience that recaptures the spirit of a more adventurous age. The battle begins with a "Braveheart Start" as racers charge the Amesbury Sports Park's steep hill, normally used for snow tubing in colder months.
Once at the top, racers will be subjected to a variety of challenges that will separate the sissies from the warriors. They will be blasted with large hoses normally used at the park for making snow. They will have to conquer Slippery Victory, an intimidating wet wall. They will also compete in a Gladiator Spear Throw.
Participants are not required to have the physique of a Spartan, and they are welcome to don prosthetic six packs if they don't have their own; organizers suggest that they can either be airbrushed on or sketched with a Sharpie.
No special equipment is required to enter. Racers are encouraged to wear anything that makes them feel "more Spartany," including a red tunic and body armor, but organizers realize that a few racers may not have these items readily available. Good hiking or running shoes are strongly recommended.
The first-place winner will receive an authentic Spartan helmet. The top three winners of each Spartan Race will win free entry to the internationally acclaimed Spartan Race World Championship, The Death Race in Pittsfield, Vt. (www.youmaydie.com).
Spectators are welcome to cheer on their favorite Spartans or the masses. The Amesbury Sports Park will be serving up a wide selection of barbecue, healthy salads, wraps and frosty beverages throughout the day. The summer tubing lanes and Outdoor Gravity Orb rides will be up and running. For more information about the Amesbury Sports Park, visit www.amesburysportspark.net
Spartans should visit www.spartanrace.com/boston to register. The registration fee is $70 in the final weeks leading up to the race. There will be heats of 250 racers every 30 minutes starting at 10 a.m. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the event. Participants should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their heat.
All registered racers will receive a Spartan T-shirt, medal, spray-on tattoo and a free beer at the post-race party (must be 21 or older with a valid and approved ID).