Spartan 2020 US National Series Schedule

We’re barely through the 2019 Spartan Season and already the talk about what’s to come in 2020, continues to heat up. So far we’ve seen Spartan’s new medal design, finisher shirts, and a more standardized approach to race distances.

If you’re already in the planning stages for your 2020 season, you’re in luck. Spartan has released the 2020 US National Series venues and dates, so get those airline miles and AirBnB bookings ready!

2020 US National Series Changes

Similar to last year, the season kicks off in Jacksonville, FL with the Super on February 22nd, 2020. The second stop will be Seattle (Super) on April 4th as it’s been since 2017. Saraland, Alabama was a one and done and has been removed from the National Series, presumably after issues with “cell coverage” and low attendance numbers.

Montana is part of the National Series again with its first time back since 2016 with a Kalisepell, MT Beast on May 2nd.  At the turn we’ve got the newly upgraded Utah Beast on July 18, before finishing … somewhere. While the fifth race isn’t confirmed according to the graphic released, we’re taking a guess at where it will be.

2020 USNS Full Schedule

Saturday, February 23 2020 Jacksonville, FL SPRINT
Saturday, April 4, 2020 Seattle, WA SUPER
Saturday, May 3, 2020 Big Fork, MT SUPER
Saturday, July 18, 2020 Huntsville, UT BEAST
Saturday, August 29, 2020 Glen Jean, WV* BEAST

* The 5th race on Spartan’s schedule is currently listed as “TBD”. This is our best guess with current available information

North American Championship Venue Change

West Virginia was the home to the Spartan North American Championship in 2018 and 2019. That moniker will now move west to Lake Tahoe where competitors from the US and Canada will battle for the title of North American Champion on September 26th, 2020.

So if Lake Tahoe is the North American Championship for Spartan, where will the World Championships be?!?

Stay tuned, true believers. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 11/15 5:39am EST: Spartan has released a new graphic updating the schedule which calls out that Jacksonville’s race will be the Sunday Sprint as the first race of the National Series. Montana will be a Super and will also be on Sunday.

 

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World’s Toughest Mudder Live Feed 2019

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Spartan Announces New Standardized Distances in 2020

In January of 2019 David Watson, VP of Product at Spartan talked with Matt B. Davis on the Obstacle Racing Media podcast about changes that were happening in the 2019 season. They talked about the US National Series and qualification guidelines for athletes. During that conversation, Watson also teased a change to the distance of Super events in that conversation.

Spartan then sent out surveys to participants in May of 2019, asking their opinion on the idea of changing Super distances from 8+ miles to a more standard 10K distance.

Standardization – Good or Bad?

We’ve heard the word “standardization” a lot this year – most notably around standardizing the obstacle set that would be at each race distance. Spartan has now gone live with their next iteration of standardization beginning in 2020 – Standardizing the distances of events.

So the 2020 Spartan events now look like this:

Sprint / Stadion 5K
Super 10K (formerly 8+ mi.)
Beast Half Marathon (21K)
Ultra 50K
Trail 10K / 21K

The Spartan website has not yet been updated to reflect these changes. We have seen the 2019 Spartan medal preview however, which removes the word “Sprint” altogether, in favor of the new 5K distance.

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@spartanrace New Sprint Medal!

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Why the Change?

Spartan’s reasoning behind this change was two-fold; First, the distance is much more recognizable with other running events all over the world. Second, according to Spartan, surveyed participants wanted this change. They wanted “less running and more obstacle density.” It also will help first timers, and Sprint participants to step up easier to a Super as their next achievement.

Personally, I like the change if for no other reason than it makes sense in terms of effort vs reward. Supers are now twice as hard as a Sprint, and Beasts are now twice as hard as Supers. That makes sense. Also, any move to the metric system is a positive move.

Feedback from the Fans

The real question is – what do you think about the change? Social media exploded with both positive and negative comments in regards to the change. Looking at the Instagram post announcing these changes, we’ve got a few examples of how people feel about a 10K Super distance:

“I LOVE it! 🙌” says Spartan Pro Nicole Mericle

@isaac__88 disagrees by stating “Super should of stayed at 8 miles. People that want less should find other races or step their game up!!”

@aka_rhino seems concerned about his or her apparel consistency going forward, “Glad I got my 8+ mile super in so my hoodie is true to its word!”

At first it definitely seemed that the overwhelming opinion was against the change, but there has been a large amount of support for the change recently as well.

Let’s hear your thoughts – How do you feel about Super’s being moved to 10K distance?

 

#MeToo OCR Update

OCR WOMEN GROUP

#MeToo Update: New Group To Join For Help

Thank to all of the men and women that have reached out in recent days. It has been overwhelming. So many of you are sharing your stories about what has happened to you in the OCR community.

ORM will NOT be doing another follow up story at this time. I have to get back to the business of running the company and providing news, information, and entertainment about OCR. I am a not mental health professional, nor law enforcement.

We want you to keep coming forward. Keep telling your stories. The more light that shines, the more darkness can not hide.

There’s a women’s only group that has been started. You can find women who will listen to you, believe you, and help direct you to those professional resources and or law enforcement, if and when you are ready. You can go there to talk about ANYONE, not just about the story we wrote.

Men and women, if you have a friend reach out to you, please listen, and then kindly suggest they check out this group. – MBD

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We’d love the support, but it’s never requited, and you can also provide an ear for someone struggling, and pay it forward.

 

#MeToo Hits OCR

Update 10.22.19 4:15PM ESTSpartan Race Bans Ameer Haroun

Ameer Haroun

Spartan 4-0 is a Facebook group for obstacle racing enthusiasts. With more than 16,500 at the time of this writing, it’s the largest OCR Facebook Group not officially run by Spartan Race HQ.

Like most groups of it’s kind, 4-0 is a place where people that love Spartan Races and OCR can find friends to train and race with. It’s also a great resource where people new to the sport can learn everything from what gear to buy, to which races are coming up in their area. It’s a true community, that has helped thousands of people stay connected and live healthier, stronger lives.

The group’s undisputed leader is Ameer Haroun, a married, father of 2, who is undoubtedly one of the main reasons the group has reached its current size. He has a large personality and is extremely active on social media. He boasts of 4-0 landing the coveted “Biggest Team Award” at countless races and waves the 4-0 banner figuratively and literally everywhere he can. Ameer (who’s last name is actually Krass) has been interviewed for multiple articles and podcasts to speak about 4-0 the many  things that the group has accomplished.  In a recent article Ameer was quoted as saying  “We win because we lift and support one another. Our goal is to continue to grow and inspire while still feeling like a close-knit community. We are excited to see our family grow, and the lives we will change along the way”

Earlier this year, Ameer was even invited by Facebook HQ to appear at their Facebook Communities Summit.

Ameer Haroun at Facebook Community Summit

However, we have been speaking with several men and women in the obstacle racing community who have a very different view of Ameer. Obstacle Racing Media has been speaking to sources since January of 2016 to shine a light on some very troubling accusations.

Many we spoke to were not willing to go public until now, and there are those still not willing to give their full names names for fear of reprisals.

Not many know that the Facebook group “Spartan 4-0” was actually started by two women in the Fall of 2015.  J Clark and Alicia (how they asked to be referred to for this story) created the Facebook group with a simple post in another group, Spartans Of The Northeast.

“I’m starting a 40+ Spartan/OCR men and women’s private group tonight, reply below so I can invite you”.

The group quickly gained traction and began adding hundreds of members. The two women were approached by Ameer shortly afterwards to work together to grow the group. When we reached out to the two, J Clark told us:  “I wanted to trademark the 4-0 name and was told that I would be sorry if I went off and did this on my own.”  Ameer wanted the three of us to go into business together and that is not something that we wanted to do. He pretty much bullied me out of that group. I did all of the work when starting it and then got pushed out. I am a 40 year old mother of two. I just didn’t need his bullshit and didn’t need to be bullied by an aggressor like him, so I left.”

“He started texting me and threatening me. I ended up blocking his number on my phone, and blocked him on FB and Instagram.  To be completely honest with you…I was scared for my family after all of this. I truly was. That’s why I am hesitant on talking.”

By 2017, it began to be known in some OCR circles that Ameer was using his role as Spartan 4-0 Administrator to consistently and aggressively reach out to women. Some began to share pictures that Ameer had sent them. However, if anyone shared these images in Spartan 4-0, the posts would immediately be deleted and the poster  kicked out the group. If any man or woman questioned why people were kicked out, they too, would be removed.

Two polarizing camps began to build. One camp calling out Ameer as a predator who cheats on his wife. The other defending his actions stating some version of  “These women were complicit, and he’s doing something many men, married or otherwise, do every single day”.

As we researched this story, we heard tale after tale of Ameer Haroun’s inappropriate behavior. Several women who joined Spartan 4-0 with the hopes of connecting to a positive and supportive OCR community, were met with direct messages from Ameer looking for more than friendship.Our goal was to distinguish fact from rumor, and to get information direct from victims whenever possible.

A woman who did not want to be identified told us “He would ask me of photos of my nether regions. He would say no one would know. He’d also tell me how to take them so he’d get the best angle. After that, and after all the other women in 4-0 started talking about what he had done to them, I pretty much blocked him and left that Facebook group.”

Ameer Haroun Bathroom Pic

Another woman who began a flirtatious relationship with Ameer posted her story in a private facebook group and allowed us to share some of it.  Her communication with Ameer quickly grew from messages to phone calls. “He used to talk about all the things he wanted to do to me sexually, he would call me at work and tell me these things. He would then get mad when I wanted nothing to do with the conversations. He had offered on multiple occasions for me to fly out to New Jersey to see him. He told me to buy a package deal and he would pay me back for the hotel if I got myself out there. Once I learned he was doing this with so many other women, I called it off. I never want this to happen to another woman so long as I live. Coming from the abusive relationship I was in, he preyed on me in the worst possible time of my life.”

Amy joined Spartan 4-0 after doing her first Spartan trifecta. Shortly thereafter, Ameer began wooing her through messages on Facebook. Ameer told Amy that he was separated from his wife and asked to meet for dinner. Amy admits now that she was naive. “I thought it was cool to be hanging out with the leader of the Spartan 4-0 group. Little did I know that he was sleeping around with other women in the group”

She continued, “After dinner, he drove me back to my house and insisted on walking me to the door. He saw all my Spartan stuff on the wall and let himself into my house. He picked up my Atlas ball put it down, turned around and attempted to kiss me. I asked him to leave. He called me two minutes from his car. He told me he had driven over an hour for the date and that we would just talk if I let him sleep over. I had to tell him no, repeatedly before he got off the phone. That man does not like taking no for an answer.”

We got another example from a woman who became friendly with Ameer and his wife in 2017. They completed a race together with a large group from Spartan 4-0. Shortly after the race, she told us that Ameer pulled her behind a wall.  “He started trying to make out with me. He was shoving his hand down my pants and putting my hand on his d**k, on the outside of his pants.”  She was in shock as this was happening and did not know what to do.  “Your wife is literally just around the corner and I ran the whole race with her!”

Then we heard the most disturbing story of all from a woman named Kerstin. She joined 4-0 in 2015 and was excited to be part of a fitness community which supported her and allowed her to thrive in her new passion of OCR. Shortly after joining the group she was pursued by Ameer and was charmed. She agreed to meet Ameer at the Hilton in East Brunswick NJ off I-95 in November of 2015. She admittedly knew there would be some “fooling around”, but had no idea what would transpire.

Shortly after Ameer entered the room, it became physical right away. He brought wine and began forcibly kissing her. She tried to slow things down, but was not successful.  Ameer would drink from the bottle, then kiss her so the alcohol would go down her throat.

“He started getting aggressive and I said to stop, repeatedly. He then then slapped me in the face. He got a look on his face like this was going to happen no matter what and I knew I was in trouble. He grabbed the back of my head and aggressively forced his d**k in my mouth. I was crying and tried to push him back but he was smiling and loving it.”

Hilton New Brunswick New Jersey

”At that moment I laid on the bed and let him do whatever he wanted to. I just mentally checked out. I knew it was gonna happen and I couldn’t fight him, so I let him. I fell asleep and he woke me up and he did it again. Again I just laid there. This whole thing was only a few hours. Then we got dressed and left. He had a hoodie on and put his face down. He freaked out when he saw the cameras in the garage of the hotel.”

She told us that she posted her story in the 4-0 group in hopes of getting some help. Ameer would delete her posts as soon as they went up.  She told us “Ameer said to stop talking. He said he would donate to a charity if I would shut my mouth. He ended up donating $200 a few weeks later, and sent me a screenshot to prove it”.

Ameer Donation $200

In the last 3 years, many men in powerful positions in politics and entertainment have taken down because of the #MeToo movement.  The bravery of the women that have come forward, whom Time Magazine called The Silence Breakers, has forever changed our culture.

Like the woman in our story, they risked ridicule, shame and their privacy. Our hope is that more women will come forward if they have had experiences like this in the obstacle racing industry.

We are so grateful to the men and women who had the courage to tell us their stories. We hope that we can help facilitate some changes.

**Update 10.21.19 5:28pm EST. Obstacle Racing Media received the following from a spokesperson at Spartan Race.

“The safety of our community is our number one priority. Spartan is taking these allegations very seriously and we are working with multiple parties to investigate further to ensure swift and appropriate action where available.  We pride ourselves on creating an open, welcoming environment for everyone and won’t stand for anything to the contrary.”

Update 10.22.19 4:15PM ESTSpartan Race Bans Ameer Haroun

 

OCR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LIVE FEED 2019

If you are looking for the OCR World Championships Feeds from outside London, England look no further.

Our team of dedicated OCR enthusiasts will be manning Facebook, Instagram, and Instagram Stories all weekend to bring you live feeds from the Obstacle Racing World Championships October 11-13, 2019

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Continuing coverage all weekend at the links above including:

  • Friday 3K OCR World Championship Race
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  • Sunday Team Race
  • The 100 meter short course all weekend!

OCR World Championships will also have it’s own social feeds to follow as well!

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