Fans of the Spartan events series might want to start planning for the ultimate race-cation. The world’s largest obstacle race has announced that Iceland will be the destination of its Ultra World Championships. The races will take place December 14-17 outside Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik.
Besides the challenging obstacles, racers will also have to contend with frozen weather and lack of light. A typical day in December only averages four hours of sunlight. However, the glow of Aurora Borealis will light the way for participants.
Obstacle racers who want to travel Iceland to participate can choose between three different race options: the Sprint, the Ultra World Championships and the Agoge.
The Sprint race is a five mile course filled with 20 obstacles. This will be the only event to take place exclusively during Iceland’s brief daylight hours.
The Ultra World Championships is much more competitive than a typical obstacle race. The athletes participating in the global championship will be strictly timed, ranked and officiated. Racers have 24-hours to complete the five mile course as many times as possible. Athletes have the choice to compete individually or as part of a four person team. Individuals have to complete at least 26.2 miles, while the minimum distance for a team is six laps.
Finally the Agoge is for those truly crazy obstacle racers who want to add an extra challenge to their World Championship race. This race is 60-hours of elite military-style challenges. Only 100 participants can compete in this all-weekend event.
In addition to the races, Spartan will be hosting a 24-hour indoor festival. Racers and their guests will be treated to plenty of fire, ice and drums. There will be entertainment throughout the weekend.
“We’re serious about epic endurance racing, so we’re turning Iceland up full volume,” said Spartan CEO and Founder Joe De Sena. “…This is an ultimate destination weekend for Spartans across the globe. Keep in mind though, it’s the Icelandic wilderness in December, anything can and will happen.”