Spartan Race obstacles strike fear into the hearts of many who battle with the course. Race after race, our obstacles continue to taunt even the most seasoned racers. Take the Rope Climb, for example. If you don’t have the upper body strength, or know how to employ hook holds with your feet, it may be 30 burpees for you. Another obstacle racers love to hate is the Spear Throw. How many times have you seen people fail this obstacle, while others make it look so effortless?

Many obstacles will confront you on your path to Spartan victory, and it is here that we will begin to introduce you some of our signature ones, and what you can do to prepare for them.

Standard Obstacle Specific Rules/Instructions:

Verbal Instructions

Instructions given verbally during pre-race briefing by the Race Director, given verbally at a specific obstacle, or in written-event specific instructions, take precedence over rules below. Some obstacles may, at certain events, be modified to be more challenging or have variations in their proper execution. Instructions given at the obstacle must be followed. It is quite common for a obstacle to have modified instructions for various environmental, logistical or creative reasons.

Burpee Zone

Obstacles may have a “Burpee Zone or Burpee Area.” Athletes are required to complete their penalty burpees within the designated zone or area, as burpees are monitored by Course Officials and/or video cameras. Course officials will review video to ensure proper form is used and the athlete has completed the burpee penalty. Burpee zones are there for safety and to allow for athlete flow on course. Blocking another athlete’s progress by doing penalty burpees in an athlete’s path falls under the rules of “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

Camera Review

Camera review can change the outcome of the race, and results are not final until camera review and field officials have approved the results and assessed penalties.

Spartan Burpee Definition

A burpee consists of a two components. At the “bottom” of the burpee, the body and legs are straight and parallel to the ground, with a full push-up with chest touching the ground. At the “top” of the burpee the body and legs are straight and perpendicular to the ground, with hands above ears, and a jump with feet leaving the ground.