Spartan Kids Races are about a return to the childlike sense of
adventure that we've lost while getting sucked up into "normal
life," say Spartan Race organizers, "we want to keep the sense of
adventure alive in our kids before they lose it."
That's right, the challenge of Spartan Races are not only
limited to adults! Kids ages 4-13 can participate in the Jr.
Spartan Race and enjoy the thrill of trail running, a variety of
scaled-down obstacles and their own mini festival area filled with
games and more age-appropriate challenges.
There are two kids divisions: the "Jr. Spartans" obstacle course
race is for kids age 4-8, it is a half mile course; the "Varsity
Spartans" obstacle course race is for kids age 9-13, it is a one
Every kid who participates will receive a t-shirt and finisher's
medal at the end of the course. 100% of the Jr. Spartan Adventure
proceeds benefit the Kids Fit Foundation. As a leader in the
movement to help children learn life-long health and fitness
habits, the Kids Fit Foundation strives to raise awareness and
develop programs that educate, empower and inspire kids to become
and stay fit; a mission that resonates with Spartans.
Today, a typical child devotes an average 7.5 hours each day to
entertainment media: TV, video games, cell phones, and movies, a
recent Kaiser Family Foundation study found. If you consider that
kids are multi-tasking, it's actually closer to 11 hours. That's
nearly every minute of every day when kids aren't in school or
sleeping. The study also found that about 70 percent of youth say
their families have no rules about how much time they can spend
with TV, video games or computers.
The study found that kids who are heavy media users tend to get
lower grades and have a greater tendency to be overweight.
Physical activity is essential in helping children control weight,
build lean muscle, reduce fat, and develop strong bones, muscles
and joints. The challenges in a Spartan Kids Race foster a sense of
fun and camaraderie instilling within kids a sense of excitement
and respect for fitness, while simultaneously building a fitter,
stronger, and healthier youth.
At Fair Haven High School principal Brett Blanchard recognizes
the nationwide problem of obesity and the health problems that come
along with it. "We owe it to kids to teach them about life-long
health," he said in an interview prior to the High School Division
Spartan race last year. "One way to to do so is by introducing
modern athletics and fitness to our schools… The mission of Spartan
Race-to rip people off the couch, throw them into a challenge and
permanently change their lifestyle-is one that I saw mirroring my
mission to improve the worldwide health for our youth. By joining
forces with Spartan Race, the global leader of obstacle racing, I
was confident that student health could be rapidly improved on a
The "Jr. Spartans" and "Varsity Spartans" youth races will take
place between 12-noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21-22.
Pre-registration is $25, day of registration is $30. For more info