Invasion of the Spartans

Invasion of the Spartans

TSA (Total Sports Asia) and Reebok Spartan Race Asia recently announced Malaysia’s first Reebok Spartan Race in Kuala Lumpur, which will be held on Oct 10 in conjunction with the inaugural National Sports Day.

Obstacle racing’s ultimate test of endurance and strength was launched by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaludin in Putrajaya.

The Reebok Spartan is the world’s leading obstacle race and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings.

The global series features races at three escalating distances, 5+km/15+ Obstacle Sprint, 13+km/20+ Obstacle Super and 20+km/25+ Obstacle Beast, culminating each year with the Reebok Spartan World Championship.

More than 15,000 competitors and spectators from all walks of life across Malaysia, of different ages and varying degrees of athletic ability, are expected to tackle the Spartan Sprint come October. The Sprint, however, will be 6+km/22+ Obstacles.

The Sprint is an excellent starting point to becoming a Spartan as it is fun for beginners while still giving seasoned racers plenty to test themselves against.

The race organisers are quietly confident that Malaysia’s first Spartan event is only going to whet the appetite for more.

“Spartan’s mission is to inspire people to test their physical and mental limits and change their lives through the sport of obstacle racing,” said TSA chief executive officer and founder Marcus Luer.

“As much as we have an Elite category, the course and race caters for all fitness levels – it might just take you a bit longer.

“We will also have a race for children from the ages of four to 13,” he added.

Spartan events are designed to challenge people to overcome a desire for comfort in an effort to reach for something greater.

“Our motto is ‘You’ll know at the finish line’, that the person who starts our race is not the same person who finishes it.

Spartan Race unlocks new capabilities beyond what the racer thought was possible and they are rewarded with that euphoric feeling of accomplishment, said Reebok Spartan Race Asia managing director Michael Goodwin.

“Add it all up and we’ve created a global movement that is inspiring millions of people to live healthier lives,” he added.

The first ever National Sports Day, to be held on the second Saturday of October every year, is destined to be a hit with the inclusion of a world-class international sporting event like the Reebok Spartan Race.

“This is certainly encouraging for the organisers, as well as to us in the ministry, as it indicates the rising popularity of these types of events, and of Malaysians who are getting into fitness and health,” said Khairy at the launch.

“This is in line with our own vision of transforming Malaysia into a sporting nation, which is why the Reebok Spartan Race has been included as one of the main flagship events at the inaugural National Sports Day.

“We are excited that the Malaysian government is supporting our race and the sport of obstacle racing in general,” said Joe De Sena, chief executive officer and co-founder of Reebok Spartan Race.

Registration for the Reebok Spartan Race Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur is now open.

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