Early humans developed the ability to sprint in order to chase down sprightly prey and invented long-distance running to escape from slowly approaching glaciers. Follow in their fossilized footsteps with today's Groupon: for $59, you get one entry to the Super Spartan Race at 9 a.m on Sunday, February 26, hosted by Spartan Race in North Miami Beach (up to a $125 value).
Seven extreme athletes and one Royal Marine banded together to design Spartan Race's intense 8-mile course—strewn with more than 15 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 beneath barbed wire, and juke feral linebackers. Upon crossing the finish line, victors are awarded a participation medal and of-age competitors sate thirsts with cold beer. The top three male and female runners each qualify for a free entry to the Spartan Beast, the next race level up. 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) tempts 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.