Inspired by the Ancient Greeks: Spartan Race Grows to Become World’s Most Popular Fitness and Endurance Competition


A new fitness and endurance craze is taking the world by storm– and it’s all been inspired by the ancient Greeks. Spartan Race was created with a simple, yet important, mission in mind. That mission is to get people back to their primal roots— like the Ancient Spartans, to do what they were designed to do: run, jump, climb and sweat.

What started in the the scenic hills of Vermont as a small obstacle course race, The Spartan Race was created to bring the excitement of obstacle racing to spectators and athletes, alike. Today, there are races and competitions throughout the world and it’s a growing rage, throughout the United States and Canada.

The company has also added a philanthropic component which offers participants the chance to create teams for their favorite charity.

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Spartan Race is a true adventure that anyone can do. With course lengths of 3+miles (Sprint), 8+miles, (Super) and 12+miles (Beast) each course is filled with mud, water, and signature obstacles designed to help the participant discover their inner Spartan. Check out our album of best Spartan Race images.

Athletes of all fitness levels participate in a Spartan Races and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line. Check out the Spartan Race schedule and see the line up of races throughout the United States and Canada this Fall. Races are scheduled in Chicago, Sacramento, Southern California, Philadelphia, Dallas and other cities across the continent.


Sparta was unique in ancient Greece for its social system and constitution, which completely focused on military training and excellence. Spartans underwent the rigorous “agoge” or training and education regimen. As a result, Spartan soldiers were widely considered to be among the best in battle. Check out our album of out 10 favorite contemporary Spartan Race images.

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