Spartan UK has confirmed that it will stage four races across the remainder of 2020 as the mass participation events return after lockdown.
The events, which the extreme wellness and endurance brand says will be delivered under strict safety protocols and in line with government guidelines, come after Spartan staged similar races across the United States, Korea, Taiwan, and Hungary over the last month.
UK races will take place across a period stretching from August to November, with Windsor and Midlands events remaining scheduled for their original dates in October, while the South East event, originally due to take place on 15th and 16th August, has now been rescheduled for 7th and 8th November. Meanwhile, the Hurricane Heats events will take place in August.
In order to ensure the races meet new safety standards, Spartan says it will reduce the capacity by more than 60% of its normal events, while heats will be kept to 50 racers departing every five minutes to allow for social distancing.
Spartan has also announced that courses will be expanded to allow more space, while participants will have their temperature checked before entering the race venue, with on-site registration set to be eliminated.
Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks, and racers will not be allowed to enter the venue more than 45 minutes prior to their start time, and will have to exit within 30 minutes of their finish.
“Over these unprecedented months, a dedicated Spartan team has worked judiciously to create a robust relaunch plan for events worldwide,” said Matt Brooke, Managing Director, Spartan UK & Ireland.
“This plan has been designed to keep all racers, volunteers, partners, and staff safe, meet strict government requirements, and bring Spartan events back to as many people as safely possible. Our measures and plans are constantly evolving to align with the very latest requirements and the team are remaining flexible to adapt to any change in conditions.
“The Virtual Races have been an invaluable platform to inspire and motivate our community to focus, train and achieve their fitness goals, but we also want to offer the real Spartan experience. Which is why we are delighted to have gone to such lengths to build our Road To Racing plans. While 2020 still sadly has multiple Spartan UK events cancelled, we are positive in delivering safe events to our fans while continuing to inspire and lead the wellness world.”
Throughout the lockdown period, Spartan hosted free digital events which saw more than 8,000 participants complete virtual races and says 35% of those online participants were first-time racers.