Toronto Spartan Sprint
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Start Date/Time July 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am
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Used work with Spartan - Great Company but, they need to fix some things.
Did the Spartan Sprint today in Toronto (July 18th)
The parking was a little bit chaotic. I understand there is a high volume of parked cars, but it was pretty disorganized.
The bag check was pretty bad. I don't understand the logic for the white plastic bags. Every other race I've done (Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Mud Hero, Met Con Blue) just tag your gym bag and off you go. I don't understand the chaos for no reason.
The course was tough due to the hills. Lots of stale running and unneeded obstacles (Spirit stick, tight walk.) I know this is unique to Spartan which is great but, when people treat this as a competitive race, it adds congestion and long lines. Maybe I'm being negative but, the obstacles need a bit of work. Tough Mudder is leaps and bounds ahead of the Mud Run game.
Again, Spartan is a great company. I write a review like this because I expect a lot from them. I think they have the market to do something great. It just needs some major tweaking to get there.
I've done every race in the book in Ontario. After doing Tough Mudder, everything else seems junior.
my first time completing the Spartan Sprint. Was a challenging course because of the hills. Vertical was I believe 300 feet. Up and down the hill five times. 300 feet may not seem steep, but it was for me since I was not expecting that much running. Obstacles are doable with training.
Wish there were more hoses to wash up with after the race. Sucked that you had to wait 20 mins. for a hose to clean off. Maybe some sort of overhead sprinkler system that allows a lot of people to clean up at once would be an idea?
No food afterward except for water. Kind of sucks when at marathons and other races there is food and even sometimes a nice adult beverage at the end. If organizers could add some sort of complementary snack at the end it would be appreciated. Not a huge deal though, just a nice treat
Pretty hot day this year and really needed water and loads of sunblock.
Participants were encouraging and was a friendly atmosphere.
Pre-race info was not impressive. The web site says to login in with password and username to make changes to your team or profile, but never given the username or login so that was impossible to do.
e-mails to Spartan took at least 3-5 days before a response.
Confirmation with receipt was not sent immediately.
Little things like that made the experience a little nerve wracking especially for a first time racer.
Now that I 've gone through it once, I would do it again and hopefully be better prepared.
Ran this race for the first time 2013. I love running obstacle races. With this race there is more upper body obstacles. So I couldnt do alot of the obstacles but they make you do 25 burpees....I HATE BURPEES!! So this year I will me working out more of my upper body so I can avoid doing those burpees. I would recommend this race to anyone who loves obstalces running!
Bravo to Spartan Race for a much improved experience from that of 2012. The registration and sponsor area was so well organized as well as the baggage check. The course was longer and more challenging and the obstacles were excellent. I really enjoyed this race and would recommend it to others in the future. On top of that, Phil G from Spartan is a super nice guy :)
Out of all of the obstacle courses I have been to, thus far this has been the best. Registration took only seconds, which was a nice change. Within half an hour, our bags were checked and we were at the start line, ready to go.
I've been saying this for years, and finally someone listens, the organizers put a wall within the first 200 meters of the race as a crowd breaker. We did have to wait a bit to get over the wall, but when we did it spread the group of people out well. I was able to run at my own pace without being slowed down by slower runners.
Bottlenecking in a few places along the run but it wasn't too bad. Obstacles were different and innovative, not too much repetition and a good challenge. The FINAL CHALLENGE obstacle is a great test. Monkey bars followed by a rope climb followed by rings. I was not able to complete all 3 and will be looking to tackle this challenge in the future (something to train for).
The Oro ski and bike club is a great venue for this race. I'll be back next year.
This was only my second type of obstacle race I've entered. I did the 'Run for Your Lives' zombie run last fall as well. I can say the Spartan race was much better organized overall. from an obstacle stand point, check in process and even spectator area these were all way better than the other race. I will have to say the bag check thing was a bit of a disaster....I thought having to pay was going to make it a painless experience, but turns out its just every man for himself to go through and find your own bag after. bags were pilled everywhere and people were tripping over and stepping on bags trying to get around in the small tent. It reminded me of some of the bottlenecks I encountered during the race. Parking was another issue, if it wasn't for the genius across the street who decided to make some money by opening up his lawn it would have been an extra km down the road with a shuttle bus to get to and from the vehicle. We gladly paid the extra $ to park across the street and have easy access to our stuff. All that being said it was quite enjoyable overall. I was going more to try and finish than to set any records so the few bottlenecks at obstacles weren't the worst thing to happen, although they were still annoying. The ending was well laid out with the final obstacles set up in a way that the crowd could watch and cheer you on, giving you a little bit of extra energy too.
I enjoyed the race. Yes it got congested, but volunteers were helpful at obstacles. Other runners were also very friendly and helpful.
My biggest concern was the lack of fuel at the finish line. I was totally spent and a cup of water just wasn't enough! I believe the finish line should have be stocked like any road race I have done - sport drink, bananas, oranges, bagels, etc.
Bag check was very poorly organized, especially considering it was mandatory, with the shuttle transportation and no on site parking.
I would recommend the race but would be clear about the issues above!
Completed the Spartan Sprint. It was awesome. General level of difficulty was not super high outside of some serious obstacles. Namely the rope pull- I tried but just could not make it and the monkeybar/ ring setup at the end. There were many fit people doing burpees on the side so I dont feel so bad. The bars were spread out too far for my 5.2 frame. Oh well- I ran through fire, a bog and crawled through the tunnel.
can't wait for next year!
The race was fantastic. I have never experienced an atmosphere like it. The racers are all in for a personal goal but will be willing to sacrafice a better time for a neady compititor. The race is a great opportunity for anybody will to work a little to gain alot. Would recommend it to anybody.
For my first obstacle race I was amazed, it was an incredible day with hardly any queues on the obstacles!
It wasnt as difficult as I thought it would be but it still took it out if me!
The staff did an amazing job and I would recommend Spartan Race to any one!
Epic event!!.. enjoyed this so much although I felt like a could have done a lot better! I've raced in a few others races like this and must say this was whole lot better organised others I've tried. Course looked amazing and great atmosphere and sense of real theater .. and lots of goodies..:D Just wish i'd have been fitter!! Keep up the good work guys, now just much training needed then BRING IT ON NEXT YEAR!!! AROOO AROOO AROOOO!!
I competed in the First spartan Race in 2011 and 2012 Was a HUGE improvement, Medal and T-Shirt was Great, Loved the atmosphere I am booked up fro 2013, AROO
This was one of the best experiences of my life!! I had so much more fun than just any old 5km run. So much excitement and a great challenge!! After this race I broke through a fitness wall, and reached a new level of physical perfomrance.
Personally Loved it, Race was incredible, Loved the atmosphere, Food was ok.
Obstacles very cool..
Physical Challenges very cool.
No congratulatory pints after, but
all in all very wicked time..
Clearly about one thing, making money. Won't be back.
I guess I was one of the few that really liked this race. The food wasn't great and the party shut down a little earlier then I would have liked, but being able to park on site and having this event up in barrie was really good.
The key selling point for me on this race was that the obstacles were really good, well thought out, and darn tough.
Coming up to the second obstacle (the rope climb) my mind thought back to all the failed rope attempts of mine back in high school. About 3 feet from the top I didn't think I was going to make it until I remembered that I would have to do 20 burpies if I failed. Forget that! I was able to barely reach the top.
The other thing is, having done 5 other obstacle course races this year, this was the only one that had DEEP mud. Some people ran around (pansies) but going through it was right up to my elbows. It sapped my strength and the caked on mud added some weight to me making the rest of the race more challenging.
Jumping over a fire, climbing up bales of hay, getting beaten up by a guy in a spartan costume and a really cool medal. I really enjoyed this run.
I'll be back next year, probabally with the season pass to attempt my Trifecta challenge. AROO!!!
Spartan Sprint was so fun! The obstacles were very enjoyable and the terrain was challenging but not too difficult. I will be doing more Spartan races next year!
For a organization that does this for a living, it was so poorly managed and organized. Bag check was a disaster! Line ups were horrific for the bag check and just to get cleaned off. I think they should have capped the number of participants because they were not able to handle such a crowd. As for the actual race, I enjoyed the obstacles but not sure how well they were secured. The rope ladder climb snapped when I was climbing it and I literally swung against the person beside me. Luckily no one was hurt. I also heard near the end of the day, some of the obstacles were broken down from over used and participants couldn't do them.
This race was so badly organized. We had to wait for an hour to get on the shuttle to get to the race site, and an hour and half to get back. Once we got to the race site we had no idea where to go, we almost missed our start time because of all the confusion. The race itself was good, but we waited at obstacles. We will not be returning to this race in the future
I participated in this event last year and loved it. This year, not so much. The event was poorly organized and the start/finish area at the site was far too small for the amount of people in attendance. I also found it robbery that they were charging spectators $15 to come support friends and loved ones who were racing, that is one of the things that keeps people going in a race, is the support...to charge people to do that, is obscene in my opinion. From the line ups for the washrooms (standing in a line for porta potties only to get to the front of the line and realize that there were 20 open ones far at the end that people couldn't see), to the line up for the trickle of water at the end to "clean" up with was insane, not to mention the lack of drinking water at the finish line and no food for racers. As for the course itself, I think it was poorly designed. After you got through the massive backlog of people leaving at the start due largely to the impossible to pass on single track trail, there was alot of running to reach the first obstacle, to the point where we were wondering where the actual obstacles were. And once we reached the back-to-back obstacles, they were actually quite easy...the level of difficulty that I found last year was not comparable. The only way I would consider doing this event again next year is if they moved it back to Kelso Conservation where there was more technical obstacles, more space for racers to move around, free admission for my family and friends to come support me and a lake to jump in to clean off (or at the least proper water facilities). Otherwise, unfortunately, this is an event I will be taking off my race calendar in the future.
It was better organized than last year but the course had the same bottle-neck issues as last year. Unless you were one of the "elite" runners ahead of the pack there was a lot of walking, standing and waiting. Obstacles were so so. Mud pit was nice but other obstacles basically too easy. The ice pit at the end was pathetic and the first aid team actually shut it down during my heat because people were getting torn to shreds and just couldn't make it through. Way too small and the barbed wire much too low. No cups at the water station at the end of the race. Staff were borderline rude. Wash-up facilities were a joke, some people didn't get their t-shirts. For a first class organization, voted the best by many magazines, they have a long way to go with their runs here in Canada. It was held in a beautiful location and overall could have been so much better. Questionable return for next year.I may try a run in the USA for comparison.
Friends and I DID arrive early, got parked on the property and relaxed while waiting for our 10am heat. The toilets needed to be in a different spot so people could line up to see which ones were free instead of lining up at one end (or side) and not being able to see which ones were free! And this went on all day.
The course & challenge of it were better than I expected, with a good variety of obstacles and mostly wide trails so you could easily pass people from your own heat or earlier ones.
Was a bit surprised as someone already noted that no food was included after the race. You could buy it but nothing was free. I hope this isn't a new precedent in race organizing.
After the race we got to the hoses just as an organizer was changing the rules to a 30-second hose down, which as another review noted, didn't do much. We realized later that those who had checked their bags got caught in a hopelessly huge line-up for those and then would have had the same for a hose-down. It was a day for line-ups but these can be fixed. Parking and shuttles could have been better organized too from what I heard.
Issues aside, all in all it was fun. I'd do it again and recommend it.
Toronto - Jesse
I was in the 1030am heat and things got backed up in a hurry. If you want a good time, go into the early heats or make sure you're right out front at the start. Course was pretty good but it was the post race were it fell apart for me.
There were hundreds of people lined up for 5 little hoses. I lined up for an hour only to have a staff member hose me for 30 seconds and then move onto the next person in line. I was still as dirty as I was when I started lining up.
Then I tried to get my keys back and had to line up for another hour only to find that my keys were in a small room filled with thousands of peoples bag. People were traipsing all over bags trying to find theres and I couldnt blame them. The room was far too small to have any hope of organizing the thousands of bags strewn on top of each other. There were only a 3-4 volunteers who were working their asses off with the impossible task of helping the masses locate there bags, many of which had their numbered labels fall off. I finally located my keys after moshing around in the melee for far too long.
I thought I'd grab a quick bite on my way out as I was under the impression there was food and a beer included in the cost to race. On of the employees told me I had to pay for food and that there was no beer but the thing was, she was quite rude about it. After the frustration I had just gone through to try to get clean and get my keys, this was the nail in the coffin for me.
I wont be returning. Its a shame. They shouldn't allow so many people in such a small area with so few staff. Extremely poor organization and management.
Race was fun but they organizer could have put more effort into the organization at the start and finish
It took 1 1/2 hours to find my bag after the race.
The shower area was totally inadequate only 5 houses worked for 6000 people
The staff and volunteers were bickering in the bag pick up area and giving conflicting instructions to racers. At one point one of them told me they've given up. They weren't even checking to see if people took the right bags on the way out.
The course was good but very easy obstacles
It just seemed like a big money grab. No area to clean up at the end no refreshments other than water.
Gotta make people feel appreciated Not just like cattle.
Won't be doing it again.