Muscat: Omanis witnessed their first XDubai Spartan Race at the Jebel Sifah beach on Friday.
About 1,200 participants from all over the world participated the event to challenge their physical and mental endurance.
Given that it involved a minimum of five kilometres, with more than 20 obstacles, including jumping over fire; this was surely no ordinary race.
Clemente Caruso, a civil structural engineer and a seven-year endurance athlete, said he was extremely impressed with how the vent was organised.
According to him, the most difficult part of the Spartan Race was the barbed wire.
“You have to crawl on your knees and elbows. The barbed wire was so close to the ground that when you wanted to breath, you had to face upwards so you didn’t inhale the sand,” he said.
Water is also very dangerous when it is hot outside. “It was 39 degrees when we arrived today. The body is so hot after 45 minutes of running, climbing and actively moving.” Caruso said.
“When the body enters water, there is a potential for the body to go into shock because of the cold water.”
Caruso is referring to the small pool of water that was filled with ice cubes that the participants needed to pass through to reach the next obstacle.
"Over all it was amazing. From every point of you. I made friends, it was well organized and I came in 25th place at 59 minutes," he added.