TIEC organizes the “Carolinas Spartan Weekend”
Posted at 12:07 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2022
The two-day event featured Ultra 50K, Beast 21K, Sprint 5K and more
MILL SPRING — Over the weekend, the Tryon International Equestrian Center hosted the “Carolinas Spartan” event, which included a series of foot races with obstacle courses. Before sunrise on Saturday, the first Spartan runners were at the start line, preparing for a grueling obstacle-laden course that stretched across the frost-covered countryside of Mill Spring.
The “Carolinas Spartan” was a two-day event consisting of several races for all levels. The Ultra level competitors completed a thirty-one mile course with a total of sixty obstacles and were the first to clear the track, and the Beast 21K course consisted of 30 obstacles over a 13.1 mile course. There were also 5 km and 10 km races. The children’s events varied from half-mile to two-mile races, and there were also the Trifecta races, where competitors ran three races of varying lengths.
Spartan Racing’s popularity has grown over the past decade. The sport has its roots in the ultra-marathon scene, and all of its events are run by Spartan Race in Boston. Events are being held around the world, with the world championships set to be held this year in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Mill Spring event attracted over 3,000 competitors and spectators.
The course’s obstacles required competitors to use not only strength and endurance, but also strategy. Failure to clear any of the obstacles, such as the Bucket Carry, the Stairway to Sparta, or the Monkey Bars, resulted in a 30 burpees penalty. The infamous dunk tank, where riders are temporarily submerged underwater, was removed due to cold weather.
The event returns to Mill Spring for the Asheville Spartan Race on August 5-6. For more information on training, racing, or Spartan events, visit Spartan.com.