This was probably the most fun you’ve had since the old army standard obstacle course (the manly one with the 2m jump and rundown). After a successful first run last year, the Spartan Race is back. If you think I’m crazy for saying that, stay far away cause the Spartan Super edition is not for the sheltered Singaporean soul. For the brave of heart, check out our photo diary for some grit, grime and grizzly.
Two days before the race, we finally got the green light to cover the race as a participant. With nobody else #yolo enough to go for a last minute suicide mission, I offered myself as tribute. Recalling my army days training, I packed my gear and equipment to prepare for an adventure through foliage.
For a major race, it’s rather sparse. Which is fine. Spartans have no need to flip through stacks of brochures and coupons. The Reebok discount is enough to top up whatever gear is lacking. (You get the bear for doing 46 bicep curls at the Bridgestone booth. Earn it for your Spartan woman.)
This is probably the highlight of the race. The only race where ~70% is off road, you’ll definitely see a side of Singapore you’ve hardly seen. It’s a sure recipe for sprained ankles and scrapped knees, but that’s all part of the challenge.
A staple of all Spartan races, these come as no surprise. Still, they’re not something that your typical gym session would train you for. Even the army SOC doesn’t come close, hence presenting a legit challenge for Spartans.
1. Over Under Through
2. Atlas Carry
3. Hercules Hoist
4. Wall Climb
5. Barbed Wire Crawl
6. Tire Drag
7. Tyrollean Traverse
8. Traverse Wall
9. Bucket Brigade
10. Rope Climb
There’s many more than what is shown in the race guide, so here’s some of them.
Finale: Fire Jump
After the gruelling race, it’s time to kick back and enjoy the festivities. The Spartan Race festival area is well equipped to keep you entertained with various offerings from sponsors’ booths, miscellaneous activities, Spartan merchandise for sale and a F&B tentage. Unfortunately they’re not free and accept cash only. The area is also spread out across a large field, so it appeared sparse with little buzz and quite a hassle to get from place to place.
Hyped up from the recent Spartan Super in Malaysia where competitors crossed the finish line in identical brown, you’d expect a race to put army field camp to shame. That’s still too much to ask of sanitary Singaporeans. Nonetheless, the level of challenge and unique route is unrivalled by any running race in Singapore. You’re paying for legit obstacles and not just a 12km stroll you can do any day. A must-go-to event for thrill-seekers and if you’re bored from the monotony of the rat race.
If you’re up for a bigger challenge or missed this one, fear not. The Spartan Beast is up on 9 October just up north (and thanks to our currency, it’s much cheaper).
Spartan Race Malaysia: http://spartanrace.my/