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Spartan Race challenges athletes at Bigfork course

May 3, 2019

Competitors are ready for miles of mud, sweat and cheers at this year’s Spartan Race, returning to Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork Saturday and Sunday.

Meant to test strength, agility, endurance and speed, the race features more than 12 miles of rugged terrain made tougher with the addition of barbed wire, spear-throwing, cargo nets and more.

Spartan Races take place at locations around the country, but over 250 competitors travel to participate in the Bigfork event, in teams or as individuals.

Races begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with the Elite Men’s heat followed by Elite Women at 7:45 a.m.

Competitors who finish first through 10th place in the elite divisions win prize money, with a first prize of 6.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and the cost to enter ranges from 171 for afternoon heats.

Competitors are encouraged to arrive a half-hour before their start times and should bring a photo ID, a towel and extra clothes.

Spectators can watch the action and cheer on competitors from the sidelines while enjoying a festival-style day with food vendors, merchandise, music and more.

The cost to enter for spectators is 25 on site (cash only).

“Newbies” can take part in the free open house event today, May 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. in order to practice on obstacles, join a guided tour of the course, get early access to merchandise and meet other competitors.

For more information visit https://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/4325/overview.

Reporter Mary Cloud Taylor can be reached at 758-4459 or mtaylor@dailyinterlake.com.