The Spartan Race is coming to Hatta (and it’s even more extreme)

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There’s a new race for the elitist of athletes, and registration is open now for the XDubai Spartan Race that is open to the public.

Calling all adrenaline junkies… the first Spartan Race Middle East Championship is coming to Hatta this November 10. Anyone who has finished in the top 20 in a Spartan Elite Race before is eligible to enter the championship. So, basically, it’s all about finding the ultimate Spartan.

For novices, the XDubai Spartan races are also now open for registration.

What is the Spartan Race?

Spartan Race is the world’s premier obstacle course race (OCR) with over 120 locations worldwide. There are three levels; Spartan Sprint, Spartan Super and Spartan Beast. For young Spartans, there’s also Spartan Junior.

The races push ‘spartans’ to tackle challenging terrain, obstacles typically include 7ft walls, barbed wire and rope ladders.

So what about the Middle East Championship?

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The first ever Spartan Race Middle East Championship event is happening in November at Hatta bike trail. Though previous Spartan Races have taken place in the Middle East, this is the first Championship event in the region.

Hatta was chosen to host the race due to its diverse terrain, which can be turned into obstacles.

On the day there will be six races, kicking off with Championship Beast male and Championship Beast female.

The top 20 male and top 20 female from all Elite Middle East Spartan Races since 2015 can expect to receive an invitation email with instructions on how to register for the Middle East Beast Championship race.

There’s over Dhs183,000 (USD50,000) to be won too. The winner from both the male and female race will take home a cool Dhs18,000 (USD5,000).

Never raced before and fancy getting in on the action? Here’s how…

There are three Spartan Races open for registration to the public, as well as a kids’ race.

The Spartan Beast open race kicks off at 8am. The most challenging of all the races, expect up to 23km of challenging terrain, 30-35 obstacles and three hours of endurance.

The Spartan Sprint comes in two levels: the open race and the elite race. Newbies are advised to sign up for the open race, and more advanced spartans are invited to push themselves on the Elite race. It’s the shortest distance race, at between 5km and 7km, but it’s still tough; you can still expect more than 23 obstacles on the course.

The Spartan Junior race will be the last of the races, offering up to 14 obstacles over a 1.5km fun run.

But even if you don’t fancy getting involved, spectators are welcome too. There’s a festival area, food and beverage stalls and great views of the finish line.

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