Submitted by Jacquie McLean Jones

Thousands of competitors from across the United States and several foreign countries representing every walk of life, age, stage and varying degrees of athletic abilities, along with spectators, will converge on Soldier Hollow to tackle the Reebok Spartan Race Beast.

The Spartan Beast will take place Saturday, June 28. The 10+-mile Spartan Beast's mix of mud and gnarly outdoor obstacles will test experienced racers' physical strength and mental resolve.

Events will start at 8 a.m. Final race-day schedules will be posted on the Spartan Race website a few days prior to the event dates.

Daylong activities also will include the Jr. Spartan Adventure Race benefiting Kids Fit Foundation. A leader in the movement to help children learn lifelong health and fitness habits, Kids Fit Foundation strives to raise awareness and develop programs that educate, empower and inspire kids to become and stay fit.

Spartan Race, Inc., voted Outside Magazine's Best Obstacle Race, is the world's leading obstacle racing series. In 2013, Spartan Racers participated at 60 events worldwide in what for many was a transformational experience. Spartan Race also offers an obstacle course event for the next generation of Spartans ages 4 through 13.

With over 130 events in 17 countries planned for 2014, Spartan Race continues to make obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world.


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The Reebok Spartan Race global race series features races at three distances, 3+Mile/15+ Obstacle Sprint, 8+ Mile/20+ Obstacle Super and 12+ Mile/ 25+ Obstacle Beast, culminating each year in the Spartan World Championship, which in 2014 will be held in Killington, Vermont, on Sept. 20. With competitive Elite heats and Open heats for all fitness levels, Reebok Spartan Races offer something for everyone. The Spartan lifestyle continues its goal of ripping people off their couches and helping them lead happier, healthier and more productive lives.

Log onto www.spartan.com for more information, a schedule of events and to register for a race.