Palm Beach County to Host Inaugural Spartan Race in 2019 | Sports Destination Management

Palm Beach County to Host Inaugural Spartan Race in 2019

Mar 29, 2019

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is partnering with Spartan Race, Inc. to host the inaugural Spartan Palm Beach Sprint Weekend, on April 27-28, 2019 at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Palm Beach Parks & Recreation  has submitted a successful bid to bring Spartan Sprint Race to The Palm Beaches. The race weekend will feature two days of Spartan’s signature “Sprint” style race. Over 10,000 participants from across the United States are expected to participate in the race.

The Sprint is the shortest distance race Spartan offers, but it’s a favorite amongst both new and returning racers, as it’s the perfect distance for those looking to start their Spartan journey. The Sprint also allows returning racers a manageable distance to see how far they can push themselves. Delivering approximately 25 obstacles of 3+ miles, racers will never run the same race twice. Obstacles will include – fire jump, tall walls, monkey bars, rope climb and much more.

“We are excited to be bringing Spartan to The Palm Beaches,” said Cherie Bortnick, Spartan’s Director of Business Development, Destinations. “This venue is unique in that it will offer participants the opportunity to test themselves on challenging terrain, as well as see some amazing scenic views, and it offers a place to relax after as the beach is only minutes away.”

Racers have the option to enter one of three different divisions. For the most competitive racers, there is the Elite division, which is held first thing in the morning. Racers can also compete by age group (14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-39, 40-49, or 50+), or they can simply enter the open division for more recreational/novice racers. Spartan events even offer races for children ages 4 to 13 years old, where they are put to the test against age-appropriate obstacles and race distances. 

Palm Beach County Sports Commission President and Parks and Recreation Director, Eric Call added, “We are very excited about the opportunity to host this prestigious event at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park.”  “With our champion level cross country course and vast amount of open space, this park has the capability of serving thousands of participants in this grueling test of strength and stamina.”

Burt Aaronson South County Regional has almost 900 acres of recreation space and is in northwest Boca Raton. This venue is part of Palm Beach County's award-winning park and recreation system and is one of the most comprehensive leisure destinations in the State!

The Spartan Palm Beach Sprint Weekend will create enormous tourism and economic benefits for The Palm Beaches. The arrival of traveling participants will create more than $2.5 million of economic impact while filling thousands of hotel rooms. 

 “We are proud to host Palm Beach County’s inaugural Spartan Race in 2019“ stated George Linley, Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director.  Spartan is the world’s prominent organization that promotes obstacle course racing and endurance sports.   Spartan’s participants have incredible brand loyalty and travel from all corners of the globe to experience these races.  Our Sports Commission is confident that the Spartan Palm Beach Sprint Weekend will offer an unbeatable experience, from the competition viewpoint and destination qualities.”

To register clink the link: Spartan Race Inc. Obstacle Course Races | Palm Beach Sprint Weekend Presented by Palm Beach County 2019

About Spartan: Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across nearly 40 countries in 2018, Spartan will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission: The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination.  The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the county, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season) and maximizes utilization of county facilities.  The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that supports its goals.  Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners.  The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches.  For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to

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