The Spartan is coming to Sun Peaks

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Athletes in Kamloops have a new obstacle to overcome.

Sun Peaks Resort will host the Spartan Race — "The world's leading obstacle-racing event," a press from organizers said — on Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, in 2013.

“The unique obstacle course will demand every ounce of strength, ingenuity and animal instinct you thought you lost three generations ago,” said Joe Desena, Spartan founder.

“Who is a Spartan Race competitor? Everyone, really. Men, women, students and seniors. Spartan Races are designed for all participants, beginners to hardcore warriors and marathon runners alike, to have fun and cross the finish line."

On Saturday, the Spartan Beast Race will combine 12 miles of trail running with a series of obstacles, which can include jumping over fire, climbing eight-foot walls and crawling through mud.

Heats of up to 250 competitors will start every 30 minutes, with the first racers slated to start running at 8 a.m.

On Sunday, the Spartan Sprint — a three-mile course — will be held, along with a Spartan Kids Adventure Race at noon.

The day-long events will culminate with a festival featuring competitions, awards, music, a beer garden and an after-party.

The Spartan Race was voted Outside magazine's best obstacle race in 2012.

More than 60 races will be held across the Americas, Europe and Australia in 2013, the press release said.

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"This is not an extreme sporting event that will scare people away," Desena said.

"It’s about the fun, getting dirty, getting down in the mud. Something exciting and new."


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