5000 conquer Thailand’s first ever Spartan Race

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Over 5000 participants took on the challenge of the inaugural Spartan obstacle race in Pattaya, Saturday, September 9.
Over 5000 participants took on the challenge of the inaugural Spartan obstacle race in Pattaya, Saturday, September 9.

PATTAYA – Over 5,000 racers experienced one of the world’s most fun obstacle race formats as they took part in the inaugural Spartan Race Thailand held at Siam Country Club in Pattaya on Saturday, Sept. 9.

This fast growing sport kicked off with two race formats in Thailand – the Spartan Sprint and the Spartan Kids race.  The Spartan Sprint race featured a distance of 6.8km which revealed 23 signature Spartan obstacles such as the Hercules Hoist, Dunk Wall, Barbed Wire Crawl, Monkey Bar and Fire Jump.

Children and adults found different ways to negotiate the obstacles.
Children and adults found different ways to negotiate the obstacles.

Hallvard Borsheim from United Arab Emirates came in first with a time of 00:44:43 in the Elite Men’s category, while Magdalena Cvetkovic from Hong Kong was crowned the champion in the Elite Women’s race with a time of 01:05:47.  Top 3 racers for both categories walked home with a total of THB 90,000 in cash prizes and up to a year’s supply of whey protein worth close to THB 100,000.

Most racers breezed past the Dunk Wall, Over-Under-Through, Vertical Cargo and Rolling Mud while the elite and competitive enjoyed more challenging obstacles such as the Olympus, Barbed Wire Crawl, Rope Climb and Slip Wall.  All Spartan Sprint and Spartan Kids racers received a finisher T-shirt and a medal upon completing the race.

Racers started streaming in at 5.30am and warmed up for the race with workouts led by Fitness First before their flag off.  Celebrities who took part in the race included Woody Milintachinda, Mathew Deane, Lydia Sarunrat, Joke So Cool, Antoine Pinto, and Gun Sawadiwat Na Ayuthaya.

At the festival area, My Whey’s face painting, Fitness First’s trampolines and more mini obstacle games such as the GS Battery rope climb and strength hammer kept racers and spectators alike entertained.

On the back of a successful event, Spartan Race Thailand will bring an additional two races to Thailand next year. Race details will be announced soon.

Two young Spatans proudly show off their race medals.
Two young Spatans proudly show off their race medals.