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.
Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.