The Spartan Kids obstacle race is simply awesome… and so much muddy fun!
We’re just back from Razorback in Picton, NSW, where today’s Spartan Race was held. And we are still buzzing. The Spartan Kids race fits in and around the adult race which makes for a really amped up atmosphere.
There were Spartans arooing and taking off all around us. Jumping over fire; crawling under wire; swimming through muddy dams and climbing monster hills until they were tiny dots in the distance. All to the beat of a DJ’s kick start mix.
The Spartan culture is very inclusive. I love the way it is more about finishing, and helping others finish, than times and places. And the kids’ race is no exception. While it is challenging, kids of all athletic abilities can take part and unleash their inner Spartan as they run, walk, crawl and climb their way through a fun-filled obstacle course.
My four-year-old conquered it and my nine-year-old killed it. But both pushed themselves to their own limits.
They ran across tyres, crawled under netting, crossed a balance beam, threw themselves over a wall, slid down a muddy hill and ran through muddy troughs and over inflatable obstacles before crossing the finish line. And every kid crosses the line with a big smile on their face and wants to do it all over again.
Parents can also run the course with their kids to help them along and take photos of them in action. It doesn’t cost anything to run alongside them and be part of their experience, you just need to get a spectator’s wrist band on the way in. Oh, and make sure you wear sensible shoes…
The kids get absolutely filthy but can be hosed down by the NSW rural volunteer fire brigade after finishing their race which gets most of the mud off. And the hose down is an experience in itself!
My tip is to pack a towel and complete change of clothes for your kids. And you know that pair of shoes that you were thinking of throwing out? Don’t – save them for Spartan Kids and throw them out after that.
The Spartan Kids lowdown:
- The Spartan Kids race track is about 1.5km long, with the 3-8 year old juniors running one lap, and the 9-14 year old big kids completing two laps.
- The price is $35 for your first child, $65 for two, $90 for three. The entry price includes a Spartan t-shirt and finisher’s medal, so awesome value.
- Parking at Razorback is $10 for a spot in a cow paddock. Just watch out for the cow pats…
- The Spartan crew have events in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. You can find out more here.
My kids love it so much I am tempted to run the adult course next time around. It looks hard and challenging, dirty and exhausting and even a little bit scary, but the sheer pride and satisfaction on everyone’s face that finishes says it is all worth it.
This is not a sponsored post, I just really dig it!!