Muscat: Fitness enthusiasts and fans of endurance sports will want to keep 15 and 16 November free to compete in the Spartan Race which is returning to Oman.
Scheduled to take place at Jabal Sifah, a 40-minute drive away from the capital, Muscat, the event will be the fourth occasion on which the Spartan Race has come to Oman. This will also be the second time the Spartan Trifecta returns to Oman, in addition to a Hurricane Heat four-hour endurance race being organised for the first time.
“The Hurricane Heat is a unique event, traversing on and off the Spartan Race Course,” said the organisers. “Hurricane Heat participants will be assigned a team upon arrival and will be expected to work together to complete any and all challenges set before them, as a team. You can't finish alone. Dominate the course like the good founders intended. There are no chips, no clock, just a fun run Spartan-style that represents what our company and our athletes are about...getting up when you’re knocked down and finishing what you start.”
There are five different competitions at this year’s Spartan Race in Oman. They include the Beast, Super, Sprint, Hurricane Heat and the kids’ race. The Beast is an endurance race that will take place over more than 12 miles and feature over 30 obstacles. It is a race that is expected to take a minimum of three hours to complete.
“If you’re looking to unleash your inner beast and go to places you never imagined, the Spartan Beast is perfect for you,” added the organisers. “With 12 to 14 miles and 30 to 35 obstacles between you and the finish line, the Spartan Beast will test everything you’re made of: your strength, your endurance, your resolve. The unpredictable terrain and Spartan obstacles are masterfully designed to push you deep into your discomfort zone, and well past those self-imposed obstacles you once considered your limits.”
The Super race, on the other hand, takes place over eight to ten miles of rugged terrain, across 25 obstacles, and is expected to be completed in about 80 minutes. The Sprint is the shortest of the races, featuring 20 obstacles over a three to five-mile course. The GCC’s first ever Trifecta – which consists of the Super, Sprint and Beast races – was held at Jabal Sifah last year, and Ahmed Dabbous, the CEO of Muriya, which manages and develops Jabal Sifah, said, “We take great pride in Jebel Sifah being the destination of choice for one of Oman’s biggest tourist sport events.”
He went on to say: “Each year we ensure that the Spartan race in Jebel Sifah offers a race that is the first in the region, and this year we do so with the Hurricane Heat. Jebel Sifah has become a hub for some of the Sultanate’s most exciting and popular sports and leisure events and provides the perfect backdrop whilst offering visitors an array of world class amenities.”