Spartan Race Returning

Carolina Beast and Sprint Weekend

Seth Stokes
April 23, 2018 - 3:24 pm

Spartan’s Carolina Beast and Sprint weekend returns to Spartanburg on Nov. 17 and 18 at a course located at 100 E. Campus Blvd., adjacent to USC Upstate’s campus and Milliken & Co.’s global headquarters.

Thousands of people looking to test their endurance by tackling a grueling course featuring barbed wire and fire will again descend on Spartanburg.

The Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau announces that Spartanburg’s first Spartan event weekend, held Nov. 4-5, 2017, attracted 9,832 participants who traveled more than 50 miles to attend the event, and packed an economic punch to the tune of $1.65 million.

“After an impactful 2017, we are thrilled to welcome back Spartan again this year,” said Chris Jennings, executive vice president of the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Visitors to Spartanburg will not only experience this world-class obstacle race, but will also get a taste of Spartanburg’s newest hotels, restaurants and amenities.”

Since November 2017, Spartanburg has added guest rooms at the AC Hotel Spartanburg downtown, with several new hotels set to open by Spartan’s return to the area, including a 105-room Residence Inn by Marriott on Residence Drive and a 116-room Hilton Garden Inn on Spartan Boulevard. Spartanburg has also welcomed a variety of downtown dining and entertainment options.

Last year, Spartan competitors stayed in Spartanburg for an average length of 2.4 days.

“The event had a tremendous economic impact on the hotel and Spartanburg,” said Darryl Kosiorek, general manager of The Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Mobile Drive. “It was great for Spartanburg and we’re looking forward to its return.”

“Spartanburg’s natural landscape proved to be ideal grounds to host the Spartan event,” said Joe De Sena, Spartan founder and CEO. “We look forward to encouraging people to push their minds and bodies to the limit as they return to tackle Spartanburg’s terrain.”

The 2018 Spartan weekend will feature three races and a kids’ race. The “Sprint” is a 3-plus mile run with 20-23 obstacles. The “Beast” is 12-plus miles long with 30-35 obstacles. New to the lineup in Spartanburg is the Hurricane Heat, which traverses on and off the Spartan course. Participants will be assigned a team and will have to work together to complete challenges during the event. A second, 12 Hour Hurricane Heat will also be held, using U.S. Military special operations tactics to test participants’ individual and team-building skills.

Registration and additional information on the Carolina Beast and Sprint weekend can be found at

About Spartan Race, Inc.
Spartan Race is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across more than 30 countries in 2018, Spartan Race will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan Race lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Race events feature races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Visit for more information and registration.

About the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrates this amazing destination located in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Spartanburg, S.C. is a hub of activity, including rich cultural offerings, a thriving downtown, musical heritage, and an abundance of stunning landscapes.  Also known for its Revolutionary War battles, a rich textile and agricultural history, Spartanburg is at the crossroads of the modern South.

Once you visit, you’ll understand there’s no place like it.  There’s only one. Spartanburg. Learn more at

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