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Asheville Hosts Spartan Races August 4-5

Army Rangers and civilians compete in a Spartan Race in Fort Mitchell, Ala., April 16, 2016, held in conjunction with the 33rd annual Best Ranger Competition.
Spc. Tracy McKithern / Department of Defense

Grit and endurance collide during the Asheville Spartan race weekend, August 4-5. The races are expected to bring thousands of athletes from across the region to Grove Stone & Sand Company.

Racers will compete in the three- to five-mile “Sprint” and an eight- to ten-mile “Super,” conquering obstacles including the Spear Throw, Barbed Wire Crawl, Monkey Bars and Fire Jump. A Spartan Kids race course features age-specific distances and obstacles for kids 4–13 years old.

The weekend also features a “Hurricane Heat,” a unique endurance event, traversing on and off the Spartan race course. Hurricane Heat participants work together in teams to complete any and all challenges set before them.

Spartan events focus on sport and athleticism, pushing the bodies and minds of competitors to the limit across miles of unforgiving terrain while they conquer signature obstacles. With more than one million annual participants and more than 200 events across more than 30 countries, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand.

Races begin at 7:30 am on both days, with the Hurricane Heat event taking place at 5:00 pm on Saturday. For more information and registration, visit