National Competition Coming to Southern WV

GLEN JEAN– If you are looking for an incentive to keep those new years resolutions to get healthy then we have the thing for you! This summer the Spartan U.S. Championship Series is coming to southern West Virginia.

Visit Southern WV CEO Doug Maddy says, “Spartan races are very much what they sound like. It’s based on the spartan challenges they had in olden times. The event is five years old. It currently has its national championship in Lake Tahoe. We are moving the U.S. Championship to West Virginia for this year. It will be in august and people from all over the eastern United States will come to participate. We are expecting around 11 or 12 thousand participants.”

Spartan races involve a series of obstacles that challenge even the fittest participants. The West Virginia event will have three races to choose from: the sprint, the super and the beast with sprint being the easiest and beast the most difficult. Maddy says southern West Virginia has the prime spot for these events.

“We have a wonderful facility is southern West Virginia called the Bechtel Reserve that belongs to the Boy Scouts. They have all sorts of events they can do there. They approached us to see if we along with the state of West Virginia and the Charleston CVB would sponsor this event.

And an event of this size can only help the local economy.

“It’s gonna be a three day event as opposed to a one day event it has been in the past,” Maddy says. “So that will put people in the area for 3-4 days. Hopefully they will come back because we are so close to the center of the population, they will come here and see it and come back on vacation. But the big thing it does is it advertises. It is carries by news media all over the world, this is a world event. Participants come from all over the world and media follow them so this will just shine one more light on West Virginia.”

Although Maddy says participants will come from all over the world, that doesn’t mean that you can’t participate.

“We are putting together teams locally. We may have a team out of this office in fact. Everybody that wants to can participate after they go through the physicals and registration, but yes it is open to the public,” Maddy said.

So go to to sign up and get start training now, because this mud filled race is all doable on a tank of gas.

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