WATCH: Red Deer, Alberta ready to take on challenge of Spartan Race

More than 4,000 competitors battled through a gruelling eight-km obstacle course to challenge themselves and have some fun.

The Spartan Race was held Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Ranch in Red Deer. The course meandered throughout Heritage Ranch and featured 25 obstacles.

The course was designed by race director Johnny Waite,who said while there is a competitive portion to the race, it’s the “open wave” runners who make the sport.

“They’re out here to be fitter, to be with here their friends and to challenge themselves and see how fast they can get,” said Waite. “One of our mottos is to rip people off of the couch. We want to get a million people off the couch and we’ve succeeded.

“Yes the first person across is awesome, we high-five them, they’re inspiring. But, the last person across is way cooler in my books.”

For Meghan First Charger, this event was her third. She participated with her husband Jerry, who has done the races for five years.

“She was going for her trifecta and I was supporting her,” said Jerry, who came to Red Deer from Raymond for the event.

Meghan said this year was better for her as she cut her time in half. She said she enjoys it for the challenge.

“I hate running, but I love the obstacles,” said Jerry.

The event in Red Deer is called a sprint, and it is spread out over eight km, Waite said the length was because of how flat the terrain is. Among the obstacles were a rope climb, climbing A-frames, crawling under barbed wire, cargo nets, rolling mud puddles and even spear throwing.

Next to the main course was a scaled-down version for kids, who also got a chance to get muddy and tired.

“We try to mimic our adult course, but the obstacles are smaller,” said Waite. “But mom and dad went through rolling mud, they’ll go through rolling mud. Mom and dad went over a slip wall, they’ll go over a slip wall.”

Waite said Heritage Ranch is one of Spartan Race’s most popular venues. Because of its location between Edmonton and Calgary, he said it gives them a large area to draw from.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


More than 4,000 people took on the eight km, 25 obstacle Spartan Race over the weekend at Heritage Ranch in Red Deer. (Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate staff)

Just Posted

Red Deer grassroots movement growing

Online support for Stand Up For A Safe Community

Red Deer students support cancer awareness campaign

West Park Elementary students wear blue

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

ABDERDEEN, Md. — An employee at a Rite Aid warehouse opened fire… Continue reading

Trek to scale Alberta mountain ends in hospital for climbers caught in slide

JASPER, Alta. — Two people suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries when they… Continue reading

Surrey man wins $500K, plans to build house, buy toys and ‘nice dinner’

Sukhwinder Sidhu bought winning ticket at store in Newton

Nominations open again for Toronto election after province’s legal victory

TORONTO — Nominations are once again open for candidates wishing to take… Continue reading

The Gap steps into the men’s athleisure game

NEW YORK — The Gap is stepping in to the men’s athleisure… Continue reading

Giant bong, huggable buds: Marijuana museum opens in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux… Continue reading

Buoyant stocks lift US household wealth, mainly for affluent

WASHINGTON — A rising stock market lifted U.S. household wealth to a… Continue reading

Polish police looking for man who threw stone into synagogue

WARSAW, Poland — Polish police are looking for a man who threw… Continue reading

Most Read