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Spartans to race Agoge-style in Pittsfield this weekend

Feb. 12-14 — PITTSFIELD — In the 7th century BC, the Spartans wanted to produce the strongest and most mentally tough citizens on earth. To do this, they created the Agoge, a system of training that became the envy of the known world. Participants will commit to a 60-hour Agoge at registration, with an option to complete their training at 24- and 48-hour marks. Those that make it 24 hours will have completed “The Agoge 24,” and those who complete 48 hours will be credited with “The Agoge 48.” Those who complete the Spartan Agoge in its entirety will achieve “The Agoge 60.”  To complete the Spartan Agoge, one overcomes mental and physical obstacles that aim to develop the body, mind and spirit. Most people will need to undertake months of learning, training and self-discovery to earn what will become a coveted achievement.

The Agoge descends upon Pittsfield’s Riverside Farm over a three-day period, starting at 8 a.m. on Feb. 12. Get the details and register at

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