Spartan Races have taken the world by storm in recent years, attracting thousands of people who are looking for a challenge, a way to push their limits, and a chance to become a part of a community that embraces physical and mental toughness. Not for the faint-hearted, these races require mental and physical strength, endurance, and a willingness to overcome obstacles across gruelling terrain.
Founded in 2010 by Joe De Sena, Spartan races are a series of obstacle course races varying in distance, from 5 to 8km, that typically feature 20-23 obstacles. Super races are longer, ranging from 13 to 16 km and feature 24-29 obstacles. Finally, the Beast + Ultra races are the longest and most challenging, covering a distance of 19 to 50 km and featuring 30-35 obstacles. They also vary in difficulty, with some designed for the rookies (ah-hem, points at self) and others designed for the more seasoned/experienced athletes.
The obstacles regardless of level, are intended to test participants' strength, endurance, and agility, and for the wee nippers, build resilience and self-confidence. Obstacles can include crawling under barbed wire, climbing over walls, carrying sandbags, and even throwing a spear. Participants are required to complete all obstacles in order to finish the race. Failure to complete an obstacle results in a penalty of 30 burpees before continuing. What the actual…..?!
These races have become incredibly popular in recent years. They are an excellent way to challenge yourself physically and mentally and to push beyond your comfort zone. Whilst also giving you a sense of accomplishment and pride that you can carry with you in other areas of your life.
They are also a great way to connect with like-minded individuals who share the same passion for fitness and self-improvement. The Spartan community is known for its camaraderie and support, and many people find that participating in a race is a great way to meet new people and make friends.
As with any physical activity, hydration is incredibly important before during and after. During a Spartan Race, you will be exerting a significant amount of physical effort, which can lead to dehydration if you do not consume enough fluids. In fact, dehydration is one of the most common causes of poor performance. Alas, Fressko were lucky enough to step in here, providing drink bottles for competitors in the Gippsland series that took place in Feb 2023.
Fressko bottles are a great choice for sports and races for several reasons:
- Durability: They are designed to be durable and long-lasting, which makes them able to withstand the rigors of sports and races. They are made from high-quality materials that are resistant to damage and able to withstand everyday wear and tear.
- Insulation: Fressko bottles and cups are double-walled and vacuum-sealed, which means that they can keep your drinks cold for up to 12 hours or hot for up to 6 hours. This can be especially useful during long sports events or races, where you may not have access to a refrigerator or hot water.
- Portability: They are lightweight and easy to carry, which makes them ideal for sports and races. They can fit easily into a backpack or gym bag, and the leak-proof lid means that you don't have to worry about spills or leaks. Whilst the sip lid option makes on the go drinking even easier.
- Eco-friendly: Fressko bottles and cups are made from sustainable materials, such as glass, bamboo, and stainless steel. This means that they are not only good for your health but also for the environment, which is important for those who are environmentally conscious.
Having a Fressko bottle filled and on hand helped participants stay hydrated and ready to take on the race.
Here’s a little snippet of what went down at the event.
Photos supplied by Spartan Races.