Early humans developed the ability to sprint to chase down sprightly prey and invented long-distance running to escape from slowly approaching glaciers. Follow in their fossilized footsteps with this Groupon.
- $39 for one race entry and one spectator pass on Sunday, February 9 (up to an $80 value)
Participants gather at McDowell Mountain Regional Park starting at 9 a.m. before taking off on the approximately 5K Arizona Spartan Sprint. Waves of 200 racers depart every 15 minutes thereafter. Participants will be challenged with a number of obstacles, which might include climbing walls and ropes, barbed wire, or mud. All racers receive a finisher's medal and a T-shirt. Participants aged 21 or older also receive a free beer.
Spectators receive $5 in Spartan Bucks for merchandise, access to the festival, and the ability to test their mettle in a variety of fitness challengers.
Arizona Spartan Sprint
Seven extreme athletes and one Royal Marine banded together to design the Spartan Race's intense miles-long course strewn with obstacles to test resilience, stamina, and strength. Clad in event T-shirts, runners collect smudges and stains as they clamber across mud pits, slide unscathed under barbed wire, and juke feral linebackers. Upon crossing the finish line, victors are awarded a participation medal and of-age competitors sate thirsts with a cold beer. The top three male and female runners each qualify for free entry in the next highest race level. Combatants compare fresh battle wounds—or scars from filing folders—as a live band plays catchy tunes and the aromas of warm, savory food (available for purchase) tempt grumbling bellies.