Everything you need to know about the Spartan Race 2020 taking place in Riyadh

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is swiftly gaining ground as the place to be for competitive sports
Everything you need to know about the Spartan Race 2020 taking place in Riyadh

Spartan season is back!

The 2020 Riyadh Spartan Race, under the Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA), is scheduled to take place on March 13-14 at Dirab Motor Park and aims to push competitors beyond their limits. Over 3,000 entrants are expected to take part.

Inspired by the warrior society of ancient Sparta, the first modern day Spartan Race took place in 2010 and has since grown to over 2500 annual events across 42 countries. Made up of a community who push and inspire one another, the Spartan Race is aimed at all levels of ability and ages. Four different races will take place for all fitness levels: men, women, girls and boys.

The Spartans Kids category of four-14 year-olds is the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings and to test full-body strength, mental focus and endurance.

“The SFA is excited to present the 2020 Riyadh Spartan race at Dirab Motor Park. The event, structured for all fitness levels and age demographics, is an exciting, adrenaline-packed challenge for those looking for an out-of-box fitness experience,” said HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, President, SFA, who added, “We’re probably the most excited for the Spartan Kids Race Days; building a healthy active community starts with kids getting up and out there in fun and interesting environments, and this is one race not to be missed.”

The Riyadh leg of the globally-recognised event will include the following Spartan race categories:

Women’s Race Day
Friday, March 13, 2020

Spartan Race women participants will run on Friday alongside a girls-only (four-14 years) race.
It is a Spartan Sprint, the shortest course, packed with more than 20 obstacles over a 5km distance.
Tickets to the women’s and girls’ races can be found here.

Men’s Race Day
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Spartan Race men participants will run on Saturday alongside a boys-only (four-14 years) race. The Men’s Race day includes both the Spartan Super and the Spartan Sprint. The Super is Spartan’s middle-distance course with more than 25 obstacles over 10 Km. The Super will test endurance, perseverance and grit, with the Sprint being Spartan’s shortest course with more than 20 obstacles over a 5km distance.
Tickets to the men’s and boys’ races can be found here.

Both races are perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first-timers to seasoned racers. The signature Spartan Obstacles include mud, fire, walls and barbed wire.

Young Spartan Race Days
Girls on Friday, March 13, 2020 | Boys on Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dedicated to building a healthier future for the next generation, the Spartan Kids race will take place mirroring the adult dates. March 13 will be an all-girls day and March 14 will be an all-boys day. Young racers earn their medals at one of three race distances. The best part? Spartan Kids can also earn a Kids Trifecta medal by completing three races within the same calendar year. The race is divided into three age categories:
• Four to six years old with a distance of 800+ meters
• Seven to nine years old with a distance of 1,600+ meters
• 10 to 14 years old with a distance of 3,200+ meters

Each Riyadh Spartan race participant will receive an official finisher’s medal, a Spartan official finisher’s t-shirt, and two complimentary spectator passes to invite guests. 

Building on the success of the first Saudi Spartan race, the Riyadh event expects attendees from across the GCC and further afield. The first wildly-popular Saudi Spartan race took place in August 2019, staged in the mountains of Al Soudah during the Asir Festival. It provided a new challenge for competitors who raced 5K over 20 obstacles while also battling the extreme landscape and the effects of the high elevation.

The Al Soudah event attracted over 1500 attendees including spectators and 60 volunteers. There were 800 racers with the youngest participant just four years-old and the oldest who was 70.