(UPDATE) If you missed out on the early bird promotion, you can still register at a discounted rate! Find out more below.
The world’s leading obstacle race, the Reebok Spartan Race, is coming to Malaysia. Coinciding with the first-ever National Sports Day in Malaysia, the Reebok Spartan Race promises to be yet another challengingly fun race for fitness enthusiasts.
Kicking off on 10 October 2015, the launch of the Reebok Spartan Race in Malaysia saw our very own Youth and Sports Minister, YB Khairy Jamaluddin, in the thick of things. The Reebok Spartan Race will be one of the flagship events in Malaysia’s first National Sports Day this year. YB Khairy said:
This is certainly encouraging…as it indicates the rising popularity of these types of events, and of Malaysians who are getting into fitness and health. 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 in the inaugural National Sports Day on 10 October.
In the past year or two, several high-profile obstacle races have taken place in the country, indicating an increased awareness and acceptance among Malaysian youths on fitness as a way of life. It helps too that the proliferation of fitness and activity trackers have begun to gain quite some traction in the country, which again shows that we are now a country that’s highly motivated in activities such as crossfit and other alternative fitness activities.
This trend is perfectly in line with the global shift in interest for fitness activities. Obstacle racing is now the world’s fastest growing participatory sport, with more racers globally than marathons or Iron Man races. This is due to the unpredictable nature of obstacle racing that keeps the racers on their toes – you’ll never know what’s around the corner. The races are also timed, giving racers yet another incentive to push themselves even further.
This year, the Reebok Spartan Race has taken place in over 20 countries, and has over 1 million racers. This global phenomenon will take place on 10 October 2015, and will be a joint venture event organised by Total Sports Asia (TSA) and Reebok Spartan Race Asia, supported by the Youth and Sports Ministry. Three race formats are available:
- Spartan Sprint: 5+km, over 15 obstacles
- Spartan Super: 13+km, roughly 30 obstacles
- Spartan Beast: 20+km, over 40 obstacles
What of the obstacles? If you’re familiar with obstacle racing, these should be quite familiar to you. These range from the standard barbed wire crawl and wall jumps, but there are also plenty of obstacles unique to the Spartan Race, including the tire drag, spear throw, the OUT (over under through) and of course, the Fire Jump. There’s a list of signature obstacles listed here, but the organisers have stated that there will be some surprise additions in the actual race – another aspect to keep you on your toes.
Registrations for the 2015 Reebok Spartan Race Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur is now open. You can register for either Elite Competitive Heats or Open Heats, where racers in the Elite Competitive Heats will stand a chance of winning cash prizes for the top 3 fastest races for both men and women. Those who register now are eligible for early bird prices, which are better explained below:
(Update @ 20 July, 3:45pm) Missed out on the early bird deal? From now until midnight 23 July, you can still register at early bird prices by entering the code: RAYAPROMO and registering via this link. The code enables you to register at a discounted Individual Elite fee of RM150++, and a discounted Individual Open Heat fee of RM119++.
Impressively, while registrations for the race just opened this morning, 28% of the spots have been taken at the time of writing. Want to be a part of Malaysia’s first Spartan Race? Head on to spartanrace.my to register, and find out plenty more information about the race. You can check out the official Facebook page too for interesting videos, suggested workouts and even past activities.