The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is partnering with Spartan Race, Inc. to once again host the Palm Beaches Spartan Sprint 5K Weekend on April 24-25 at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in Boca Raton. Approximately 6,500 participants from across the United States are expected to compete in the event.
The race weekend will feature two days of Spartan’s signature “sprint” races, which includes 20 obstacles over the 3.1-mile course. The sprint is the shortest distance race offered by Spartan, but it is the most popular among both new and returning competitors. The sprint race includes numerous obstacles – including fire jumps, tall walls, monkey bars, and rope climbs – presenting challenges for even the most experienced competitors.
Racers can enter one of three divisions: elite, age group, and open. For the most competitive racers, there is the elite division, which will be the first group to take the course. Racers can also compete by age group (14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+), or they can enter the open division which is geared toward recreational and novice racers.
Race organizers have implemented extensive changes in the event from previous years to ensure the safety of its participants. While the event is projected to host 3,500 racers on Saturday and 3,000 on Sunday, no more than 1,000 racers will be on the course at any time. Waves of 50-150 racers will be released in 15-minute intervals beginning at 7:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with the last group departing at 4:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
The host venue for the event, Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, has been home to the race since 2019 when the Palm Beach County Sports Commission won a bid to bring the event to Boca Raton. The facility is one of the most versatile sports venues in Palm Beach County. This comprehensive gem, owned and operated by Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, includes four lighted baseball fields of varying dimensions, four lighted softball fields, five lighted multipurpose fields, 12 lighted racquetball courts, 19 tennis courts, and five volleyball courts. The park also is home to the lush Osprey Point Golf Course, a 27-hole layout of three nine-hole courses that consistently ranks in the top 50 public golf courses in America. Water skiers enjoy the thrill of making waves at the on-site Water Ski Training Center, where up-and-coming and accomplished skiers hone their skills.
“We are excited to once again host this world-class event in The Palm Beaches,” said John Smith, president of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. “Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park is one the most versatile venues in Palm Beach County and with its champion level cross country course, it is the perfect place for this exciting test of strength and endurance. Spartan is the world’s most prominent organization that promotes obstacle course racing and endurance sports. Spartan’s participants have incredible brand loyalty and travel from all corners of the globe to experience these races.”