Nothing, it seems, can stop the Spartans.
The Spartan Race series, that is. In fact, one may be coming inside the wire of a base near you soon.
Founded in 2004, the Spartan mud run series has grown into one of the biggest — and some might say most bad-ass — obstacle course race operations in the country.
Long a favorite of military mud runners, the series is making it easier for troops to get into the action.
Fort Carson, Colorado, for example, has been hosting a “Military Sprint” for a few years now, billed as similar to the three-mile “Spartan Sprint, but with additional obstacles built by the 4th Infantry (Division) and Special Forces units” based on the installation.
A recent race in Tampa, Florida, home of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, was considered the first “Special Ops Spartan,” Spartan spokesman Dan Krueger says.
Now, Spartan races are in the works at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Krueger says. “There are some other (military) markets that we are considering for the 2015 season,” he says.
Meanwhile, military-heavy Hawaii will host three Spartan races over the Aug. 16 weekend.
Members of GovX — open to all current and former military — get a $30 discount on all Spartan Race registration fees.