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Spartan Race Announces 2016 Schedule for Endurance Events

8 Jan, 2016


New ‘Agoge’ and ‘Hurricane’ Heats Among Offerings to Participants

Spartan Race, a leader in obstacle racing, announced the introduction of its most challenging event yet, the Agoge and the 2016 schedule for its arsenal of revamped endurance events:  The ‘Agoge’ and ‘Hurricane’ Heats aim to take racers to the brink of their physical and mental capabilities and teach valuable lessons as part of the journey.

“The ancient Spartans lived their lives in the daily pursuit of physical, mental, and spiritual perfection,” stated Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena.  “And the people who compete in our races are nothing short of modern Spartans.  We are excited to reward them with the Agoge and Hurricane Heat events - the ultimate physical and mental challenges available on the planet that also provides a payoff in personal development unlike any other experience.”

The Agoge:  Spartan’s Tip of the Spear Challenge - The Agoge is the pinnacle event in the Spartan Race event series.  In the 7th century BC, Spartans wanted to produce the strongest and most mentally tough citizens on earth. To do this, they created the Agoge, which Spartan Race is now emulating in its pursuit of creating the most challenging mental and physical event yet.  Participants will commit to a 60-hour Agoge at registration, with an option to complete their training at 24 and 48-hour marks. Those that endure the 24 hours will have completed the “Agoge 24,” and those who complete 48 hours will be credited with the “Agoge 48.” Spartans who complete the Spartan Agoge in its entirety will achieve the “Agoge 60.”  Entrance into the Agoge is designed for those who have overcome major obstacles, achieved self-mastery, and embody the Spartan Code. Typically, participants will have already completed some, if not all, of the following, a Trifecta, Hurricane Heat, 12 Hour Hurricane Heat, and Ultra Beast. The Spartan Agoge will be held in Pittsfield, Vermont, on the “farm,” twice a year, once in summer and once in winter, with special sessions for U.S.  military units.

2016 Agoge Schedule:

2/12/2016: Pittsfield, VT

6/17/2016: Pittsfield, VT

Hurricane Heat and Hurricane Heat 12 Hour: The Warrior’s Ethos - The Hurricane Heat, or HH is a team-based event designed to push racers to greater personal distances, participants quickly learn the value of accomplishing mutual objectives through collaboration. The foundation of the HH is based on the military code known as “The Warrior’s Ethos,” comprising four main principles with centuries of meaning behind them. This ethos serves to provide a spark to warm you on the coldest of mornings and guide you on darkest of nights as a critical step towards the Spartan Pinnacle — the Agoge. Successful finishers earn an HH dog tag, a finisher t-shirt, entry into a closed networking group, and the accomplishment derived only from becoming a Hurricane Heater.

The Hurricane Heat 12 Hour, or HH12HR, is Spartan’s next level standalone event that pushes participants beyond their limits for 12 hours, building upon the tenets of teamwork and resiliency that are tested in the Hurricane Heat. It was developed to forge the next level of Spartan, and as the precursor to the Spartan Agoge. Finishers will receive a unique HH12HR T-shirt, as well as a one-of-a-kind HH12HR Finishers Patch.

2016 Hurricane Heat Schedule                                                                                                                           

DATE                                                     LOCATION                                                           WHEN

January 30, 2016                               Temecula, CA                                                    Saturday Night

February 26, 2016                            Fort McDowell, AZ                                           Friday Night

March 5, 2016                                    Conyers, GA                                                       Saturday Night

March 11, 2016                                  Hempstead, TX                                                 Friday Night

March 18, 2016                                  Las Vegas, NV                                                    Friday Night

May 7, 2016, 2016                            Bigfork, MT                                                         Friday Night

May 14, 2016, 2016                          Fort Carson Army Base                                  Saturday Night

HH 12 HR Schedule

DATE                                                     LOCATION                                                           WHEN

January 31, 2016                               Temecula, CA                                                    Saturday Morning

March 18, 2016                                  Las Vegas, NV                                                    Friday Night

Training: Preparing for the Challenge: Those who wish to participate in either Agoge or Hurricane Heat challenges are encouraged to complete rigorous training beforehand.  Spartan Race has developed unique training programs for both the body and the mind to prepare participants for the challenge of each race.

  • Spartan SGX - The official training and certification program of Spartan Race, which certifies top trainers to offer official Spartan Race training classes at their boxes, gyms, studios, or private practices.

  • Spartan X - An online education course designed to develop mental toughness, resilience, and grit. This course is for any person who wants to improve their life and performance through Spartan principles.

For more information regarding Spartan Race, the new Agoge and Hurricane Heats, as well as the official training programs described above, please visit www.Spartan.com.

About Spartan Race, Inc.: Spartan Race—voted Outside magazine’s Best Obstacle Race— is the world’s leading obstacle race company and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 120 events in 20+ countries planned for 2015, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants, and offers open heats for all fitness levels as well as competitive elite heats. With 4-plus million engaged social media followers, brand extensions such as Spartan Training, which includes Spartan SGX certified programs and coaches, and a popular NBC television series, Spartan Race has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports—and lifestyles— in the world. Spartan Race features races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating each year in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship. Visit http://www.spartan.com for more information, a schedule of events, and to register for a race.

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