Kids Spartan Race

kids-spartan-race-ifoThe popular Spartan Race isn’t just for adults, the race also has specific courses designed for kids. The Spartan Kids Race is one of the best ways to get your kids off their couch and put them on their way to living a healthy lifestyle as they grow. The Spartan Kids Race follows the same principles of the adults Spartan Race and encourages children to push to their limits.

The Spartan Kids Race is available in four formats that are designed in such a way that every age group of children can take part in it and challenge their limits while having the ultimate time of life.

The Kids format of the Spartan Race has four formats:

Junior Race

  • Distance – 0.8 KM
  • Recommended Age – 4-8 years
  • Heat times – 11 am & 2 pm
  • Parents can run with their children
  • The course is mostly visible from the very start to finish.
  • The race lasts about 15 – 20 minutes on average

Junior Race (1.5KM+)

  • Distance – 1.5 KM
  • Recommended age – 9-13 years
  • Heat times – 1 PM
  • Parents cannot run with their children on the course
  • The course is not visible from the start to finish
  • The race lasts about 20 -25 minutes depending on the child’s athletic abilities

Junior Race (3.2KM+)

  • Distance – 3.2 KM
  • Recommended age – 11-14 years
  • Heat times – 9 AM & 12 PM
  • Parents are not allowed to run with children on the course
  • Finishers are awarded a 2-mile finisher medal
  • Most of the course is not visible from the start
  • The race lasts about 45-55 minutes depending on the venue and ability
  • The total distance is based on 2 laps with a 1-mile course with an addition of extended course that has more difficult obstacles to cross.

The Aim of Spartan Kids Race

The Spartan Kids Race is specifically designed for children to give them a childlike sense of adventuring that we have lost in this time and age to technology. It is a perfect way to bring your kids out of their normal life to organized activities that ignite the sense of adventuring in children before they completely lose interest in it. Today, an average child spends 7.5 hours daily on various media forms such as smartphones, video games, TV, movies and other activities that keep them away from the field.

Without physical activity as a crucial part of your child’s upbringing, they suffer from problems such as obesity and other health problems that develop over time as they age. Spartan Kids Race is a fun way to bring back physical activity in their lives that help control their weight, put on lean muscle mass and even strengthen their bones, joints, and muscles. The way the race is designed, kids are put through challenge enough that brings them up to be fitter, healthier and stronger over time.

Children avoid physical activities these days because most of them feel like it’s a chore in their life. Spartan Kids Race was designed in such a way that a child not only takes part in physical activities that improve their health but also give them plenty to have fun with.

Spartan Kids Race Obstacles

Spartan Race is incomplete without obstacles. The same is true for the Spartan Kids Race. The junior race has a number of different obstacles which are essentially miniature versions of some of the obstacles placed in the Adults race. These include mud and water.

The Spartan Kids Race encourages children to run, walk, climb, crawl and balance through their way to the finish line. The obstacles are designed in such a way that it encourages your child to take part in teamwork as well as push their own personal limits.

All you need to know about Spartan Kids Race

There are certain rules and regulation that every parent and child must follow to take part in the Spartan Kids Race. These rules are listed below:

  • Every child and their parents must possess a signed waiver to enter the venue where the race is taking place
  • Parents are instructed to arrive 90 minutes before their child’s race is about to begin
  • Every family receives 2 free spectator passes when they sign up their child for a race.
  • The spectator pass is also valid for adult race, kids race and the festival area
  • One signup means one race. If your child wishes to run another race, you must sign them up for the second race with full registration price


Registrations for the 3rd Annual Nolichucky Triple Threat now open

The 3rd Nolichucky Triple Threat race will take place in August and the registrations are now open!

The 2017 Triple threat will start in Erwin at 4 PM on Saturday, Aug 26 at the USA Raft where the racers will enter through the Nolichucky River.

The race will begin with participants taking on their choice of watercraft with either a raft, bellyak or kayak. They will then travel down the river at least 1.5 miles before exiting the river and entering the obstacle course which will be a timed section of the race.

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Thousands of people are expected to take part at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds OCR


cargo-netThrill seekers in the thousands are expected to head over to the Rugged Maniac Race which is scheduled to happen on July 15 at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.

Competitors will be expected to run five kilometers with at least 25 obstacles to cross. These obstacles will challenge their ability to climb, traverse, crawl, leap, jump, slide and tackle stuff on the way.

A 50 feet water slide will also be placed for the racers to beat on their way to the finish while crossing barbed wire and jumping over fire.

This will be the third edition of the Rugged Maniac Race which happens annually across North America throughout the year. People will also be able to enjoy a day long festival which will have dance areas, adult bounce house and mechanical bulls to ride.

Rugged Maniac is an excellent OCR for people who do not want to go through insanely difficult races like Tough Mudder and Spartan Race. Rugged Maniac promises to never punish their racers or put them through harm. This means that you can go out and have a bunch of fun with your friends.

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SwimJitsu is coming back to Edwardsville


swimjitsuThe popular Swimjitsu event is returning to the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center in Edwardsville. The event was originally introduced by USA swimming a couple of years ago. It will now be taking place in Edwardsville on August 12 and 13.

The event will start every day at 9 AM and will be two hours in length. It will have several waves of 2-hour length races starting at 9 AM and finishing at 7 PM.

Swimjitsu is popularly known for being a 10 part obstacle course that tests the wisdom, agility, and speed of its competitors. Unlike other races which are done out in the fields, SwimJitsu takes place in water.

Participants start with a quick swim where they have to cross a bridge and a jump. From there on there are various other obstacles in place.

Registrations are currently open and children from age 8-19 and over can apply. Every age group has their own window of racing.

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New Prague 3rd Largest Aquatic Facility Brings OCR in Minnesota


swimming-ocrA brand new aquatic center has just opened its doors in New Prague. This new facility is not an average pool because it has a number of different things everyone can enjoy.

People from town can enjoy a lazy river like feeling, 15-foot high climbing walls and even an obstacle course designed for kids and adults alike with fun in mind!

There will also be a swim club that will have many different programs at the facility offered by ranked USA swimmer. Former USA Swimmer Sarah Lefevre will be part of the facility and coaching classes. She dubbed this new facility as one of the best, having everything you could ever imagine.

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Monster Obstacle and mud race is coming to Devon for the very first time

monster obstacle and mud race is heading to Devon for the very first time

A monster obstacle and mud race are headed to Devon for the very first time ever and it is being held next year. Here is what you need to know about the race.

The race will be held at the Escot Park in Exeter in 2018. According to the people organizing it, there it will be unlike anything you have ever experienced in your life, especially in the South West.

The race will take place on March 17, 2018, and will have obstacles in every event of it whether the contestants choose 5k or 10k runs. The number of obstacles within the race is still being kept secret but you can easily expect them to be around 25 obstacles per race.

You will also have the opportunity to enter the race as a team or as an individual but the race organizers claim that it is much more fun to enter as a team.

You can expect to see obstacles like climbing, water, carrying, leaps, stepping stones, great wall, bogs of stench and more.

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You can still enter the fisherman’s friend strongman run

You can still enter the Fisherman’s Friend Strongman obstacle run

Although the registrations for the upcoming Fisherman’s Friend Strongman obstacle run in Paarl has officially been closed down, you can still get a special entry into the race if you are a regular reader of People’s Post or any of its sister publications.

You’ll get a special extension on the early bird entry for the race which is being deemed as the biggest fun, mass-start obstacle race in the world.

Avid readers can enter the race which is scheduled to be held in October starting today until 21st of July.

The owner of the race has made sure that everyone gets a chance to get into the race and if you are interested too, hurry up and get into it now!

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Spartan Spear Throw Training Tips


Well if you have every done a Spartan Race then you know all about the Spear Throw. Something that seems so simple can be such a make or break obstacle even at the elite level. It has been the game changer in my final races.

Just like any obstacle the issue is practice. How can you get better at a specific obstacle if you don’t have access to one. With the spear throw all you need is a spear and a bale of hay. Or you can improvise.  If you look here you can see I set up a blanket over my kids playground and the spear is an old closet rod with a vacuum attached stuck to it! Funny, but it works!

Here is a quick video I made today over at Legacy Athletic Club in Cedar Knolls, NJ. I don’t go into super details, but I think if you give these few tips a try it will help you with the spear throw at your next race. I know there are many ways to do it and I would love to hear comments below.

Also please don’t pick apart the video etc…. again just basic tips to give you some ideas and change the way you might have been doing it. In the end practice and repetition is going to be the key to passing the Spartan spear throw obstacle!

Take Aways:

  1. Turn throw it like a football or baseball…. don’t turn your wrist
  2. Turn your wrist to the outside of your body.
  3. Balance the spear
  4. Focus on ONE spot to throw. Not the whole bail of hay… one central spot..
  5. Take a breath… do a few practice movements… and let it rip


Yancy Camp Review

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Straight to the point… if you want to get better at Obstacle Racing then Yancy Camp is gonna help you with that! Simple as that!

I just wanted to get that out of the way. I am sure you have searched online for training and workouts specific to obstacle races and sure there is a lot of good stuff out there, but it can be hard to understand some of it and you might get bored of it.

That is why I want to break down why Yancy Camp is so awesome!

Also Yancy just launched the Superheroes program as well. Click here to learn more about the Yancy Superheroes….  Now there are two programs available.

The original where you can pick an OCR athlete like,  Matt Novakovich, Rose Wetzel, Ryan Kent, Glenn Racz just to name a few…. and the new Superheroes!

Basically the originally I would say is for more experienced or elite athletes, but to be honest anyone can do them. You would just need to scale down some of the exercises. Heck I still scale down a lot.

The Yancy Campy Superheroes is a more scaled down version and like they say on the site….. “if you can walk and breathe, you can do this program!”

So… What Is Yancy Camp?

Basically it is programmed workouts by Yancy Culp himself that these OCR athletes are doing. This is not just some templated workout that you follow over and over again.

These are strategically created workouts that if you follow are sure to get  you results on and off the race course!

The other thing that I love is the support. You can actually get in touch with Yancy if there is something you need to know! That is pretty awesome and he is a super cool dude and loves to help!

What Do You Get?

DRIPPING!!!! Yes BURPEES Were Involved!

Before I go into more below let me say this… Yancy is accessible! I had asked him for quick upper body grip workout to help me with the RIG and he whipped together something for me on the fly! Now, this is not something I plan to do, but the fact is I was in a rush and needed somethign short and sweet and he delivered via Facebook messenger! The results of that workout are in this picture here! As Yancy would say… “somebody turned on the Sweat Faucet!” LOL!

OK so here is what you get with Yancy Camp!

  • Getting 3 updated workouts a week design by Yancy Culp himself. AS of now there are 335 workouts in the system.
  • Access to private Facebook group. Talk about motivation!!
  • Challenge testing program! How do you know if you are getting better if you don’t test!
  • An awesome video library showing you how to do certain exercises and obstacle help.
  • Access to Yancy to get any answers you might need
  • Yancy always tosses in a few bonus workouts as well…. if you have anything left in the tank to do them 😉

How I Do The Workouts

I have to be honest… I am signed up under Glenn Racz and the workouts are great, but they are tough and they can be longer. It all depends on the day.

Depending on the workouts I usually have to break them up just for the fact I don’t have the time.

I also try to get at least 1 workout in a week, but I tell ya any Yancy workout I get in really pushes me to the next level. The fact that I know others in the group are pushing to finish the same workout really motivates me.

I mentioned above that these workouts are strategically created and they are. These are not just about putting a whooping on you, they are about creating a well rounded athlete that can attack any obstacle race.

When I am consistent with the workouts I can see huge improvements especially on the uphill climbs! You will learn a lot about lactic threshold training and how to push yourself past that pain point to get stronger and faster!

If you want a PLAN

If you want to be part of a TEAM

If you want SUPPORT & MOTIVATION then Yancy Camp is for you!

CLICK HERE To Check Out Yancy Camp & Get Ready For That Next RACE!!

Spartan Race Coin


Spartan-Race-coinDid you know you can win a Spartan Coin? If you want to run in the World Championship Heat at Lake Tahoe then you have to win a coin!

Up until a year ago I had no clue there was such a thing until my buddy told me he thinks he might get a coin today! I was like ,”a coin”? What’s that?

Sure enough my good friend Mike Bartoszek  who I met at the 2015 NJ Beast ended up winning his coin and it was pretty awesome to be there for that. He won his 2017 coin last weekend at Tuxedo as well! Congrats man! In fact I am using his pictures in this post because a coin is something I have not won… not yet at least 😉 Shout out to K Shan Performance where he trains! Awesome place

Also a shout out to Cali Schweikhart who I met at the Tuxedo Sprint a few weeks back. She won her coin that day too! Great work!

You can always click here to read what Spartan has to say, but who knows if their page will work…

Basically There Are 4 Ways To Earn A Spartan Coin In 2017

  1. The Top 5 racers in the Men’s and the Top 5 in the Women’s Elite Heat at any Spartan event in the US and Canada, who do not already have a coin, will earn a coin.
  2. The Top 10 racers in the Men’s and the Top 10 in the Women’s Elite Heat at any Spartan event outside the US and Canada, will earn a coin.
  3. The Top 50 racers in both the US Elite Point Series standings and the World Elite Point series (the main standings not the Stadium series) after the last event before the World Championship event will earn a coin.
  4. Top Athletes from across the world will be invited by Spartan. We are talking Olympic gold medalists…winning your local 5K will not count.

Some Tips To Getting A Coin

You also have to remember that if someone has already earned a coin then they do not get another one.  So let’s say the Top 5 Elite male finishers in a race already have a coin then the 6th, 7th – 10th will get coins.

So the point is don’t feel like you won’t ever earn one. You can also be strategic about it as well. If you know there is going to be a big race with a lot of pros, then most of them will have coins and you have a better chance at getting one even if you finished 20th. Make sense?

Mike Has Started Coin Collecting!

Now if you get your coin then you will be moved into a Coin Holder World Championship Heat prior to race day. If you are signed up for Elite heat at World Championships and do not have a coin you will be placed in a second elite wave. The non-coin holder wave will NOT be eligible for cashe prizes, but will get overall points towards their rankings.

Well if you did not know about getting a coin now ya do! And hey… if you can’t win one you can always buy one on EBAY!! What?!! Yeah really LOL.

So.. have you won a coin? We would love to hear about it! Let us know below!