More than 3 Million Athletes from Over 100 Countries Registered for Spartan’s Virtual Obstacle Course Race with World OCR
June 2, 2020
Over 40,000 results posted in 24 hours in Project Unbreakable: The World’s Largest Virtual Race, powered by Rakuten
BOSTON, Mass. – Spartan, the world’s leading endurance and extreme wellness brand, succeeded in hosting its biggest event yet in collaboration with World OCR – with more than 40,000 athletes posting results in 24 hours cross the virtual finish lines in more than 100 countries during “Project Unbreakable: The World’s Largest Virtual Race, powered by Rakuten.”
The event unfolded in the homes, backyards and neighborhoods of athletes on six continents the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Athletes from weekend warriors to pros tackled virtual editions of Spartan’s four signature obstacle course races, including the 5k, 20-obstacle Spartan Sprint; 10k, 25-obstacle Spartan Super; half-marathon, 30-obstacle Spartan Beast; and 50k, 60-obstacle Spartan Ultra. Spartan Kids races were also offered ranging from half-mile to 2-mile distances for kids ages four to fourteen.
Created for indoor or outdoor completion, athletes hit the virtual course for 70,000 collective hours, covering a quarter of a million miles by running or an alternate aerobic workout, as well as exercises such as bear crawls, jump rope and stair climbs. The obstacles were bodyweight and aerobic exercises, such as push-ups, and mountain climbers.
There were more than 35,000 posts about the event throughout the weekend, with the tag #spartanprojectunbreakable used 17,000 times. All participants earned a global leaderboard spot and virtual medal.
Spartan holds more than 250 events in over 40 countries, with 1.2 million annual participants. The brand partnered with World OCR — the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) — with member federations in 100 countries, to reach athletes around the world and help them stay fit and healthy.
Project Unbreakable is Spartan’s latest effort to keep its community connected and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the event, Spartan saw close to 20,000 entries in weekly virtual races, which began in April. The brand quickly pivoted from race events to digital content, creating SPARTAN UNBREAKABLE, a 24/7 content engine providing a schedule of live and on-demand at-home workouts and wellness content.
With more than 250 events across more than 40 countries on six continents, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle course race (OCR) and endurance brand. Providing transformation through sport, Spartan attracts more than one million annual participants across all fitness levels, from beginners to elite. More than five million participants have finished Spartan events, creating a lifestyle that extends beyond races including health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and popular media content, which has made OCR one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan events feature races at various distances, Spartan Stadion® and Spartan Sprint®: 5k and 20 obstacles; Spartan Super®: 10k and 25 obstacles; Spartan Beast®: half marathon and 30 obstacles; and Spartan Ultra™: 50k and 60 obstacles. Visit spartan.com for more information and registration.
About World OCR
World OCR, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) is an independent association composed of national federations in 100 countries that represent the needs of their athletes worldwide. FISO produces world level events, including medal events in the 2019 South East Asia Games, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee. FISO is the international governing body and sole competent authority for obstacle sports and related disciplines throughout the world.
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