Spartan Race Temporarily Furloughs Employees

Spartan Race Covid Update

The impact of COVID-19 has implications on the fitness industry many of us had not previously imagined. Your local gym may has closed, or is going to be mandated to do so. All obstacle racing companies have postponed or cancelled events for March and April of this year. While most in the community hope things “go back to normal” by May/June, there are no guarantees. Last night, we received word from Spartan Race that the company is going to furlough a large portion of their staff, while they wait on word from government and health officials to determine when it is safe to hold large gatherings again.

Here is what they sent to employees:

Dear Colleagues,

First, we hope that everyone is staying safe. Our thoughts and compassion go out to everyone who has, or is caring for loved ones affected by, COVID-19. We recognize the toll that the novel coronavirus is taking on our global community (medical, social, emotional and economic), and we thank you for your continued efforts to support your Spartan colleagues and our customers. Every one of you has been critical to our success over the past 10 years, and you are crucial to our future growth.

As you know, Spartan is an event-driven business and we’re facing unprecedented challenges, much like all other sporting, events, hospitality, travel and a number of other companies across the world right now. While facing the business impacts of such a rapidly-spreading global pandemic, and in order to ensure the strength of the Spartan brand and community, we have to make temporary changes and remain nimble in our operational decisions in the days ahead. We are making numerous adjustments, and have made the difficult decision to place some employees on short-term furlough, in accordance with the need to suspend race operations to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers. All furloughed employees will receive a stipend and will continue to receive healthcare benefits, and we are exploring ways that we can provide additional resources to employees upon their return to work.

In keeping with the spirit of community and solidarity at Spartan, all employees in the company are impacted, and we are temporarily reducing the salary of all other non-furloughed employees as we continue to work through the business challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. If any financial assistance is provided by the federal government or state governments to Spartan, we will do our utmost to ensure employees are reimbursed to 100% of their salaries.

The Spartan Leadership Team will continue to follow federal, state and local government guidelines and will make adjustments to our events and business practices as needed in the coming weeks, keeping you in the know. Please know we do not make any of these decisions lightly, and all decisions will be in an effort to protect the longevity of the business and keep the OCR industry going strong.

We cannot stress enough how important you all are to our future success, and together, we know our strength, resilience and grit as Spartans will bring us back stronger than ever.

Thank you for all of your hard work, and stay safe,

The Spartan Leadership Team

Update – 9:07am – Spartan Race owner Joe Desena spoke on this live video to further discuss the situation. He is hopeful that people can get back to work in May and begin to hire people back for events to be held in June. This discussion begins around minute 23 of the video.

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BoneFrog Chooses To Press On Despite Covid-19 Warnings.

Update – 4:24pm BoneFrog released a message on social media announcing a cancellation. The next BoneFrog event is currently scheduled for April 19, 2020 in Virginia Beach.

As all other obstacle race companies have shut down events for the next 30-45 days, BoneFrog will be holding their event this weekend at Bouckaret Farms in Fairburn, Georgia.

As recently as Noon today EST, BoneFrog have been answering questions on the Georgia BoneFrog Facebook event page stating they were moving forward with this weekend’s event. They published a video (see below) featuring obstacle set up titled “Getting It Done.”

Several customers commented asking for additional clarity around this. BoneFrog staff have confirmed several times that the event is moving forward and “any questions or concerns please email in to: hq@bonefrogchallenge.com”

We emailed BoneFrog owner, Brian Carney, directly on March 13th asking for a status update and got no response. We emailed the HQ email address this morning and received the following  “Brian is in the middle of multiple items right now. If you have questions, please send them via email and he will respond to them as soon as he has time.” We also sent a text to his number, and have yet to hear back.

We reached out to the venue, Bouckaret Farms, and asked if the event was still moving forward. A staff member told us “The CDC, the city, and state government are making that decision. Brian needs to understand those decisions and needs to communicate that to his people”. The staff member went on to tell us that he won’t lock the gates as “the venue is open for people who care for their horses, and other normal business dealings”.

Getting it done.

Posted by Bonefrog on Monday, March 16, 2020

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Has my race been cancelled? Look here! UPDATE: Spartan creates Trifecta Weekend in New Jersey Oct 3-4 for rescheduled events.

The cancellations and postponements of races continues to pile up, as the COVID-19 pandemic takes it’s toll on the OCR and Endurance Race industry. Below is a list of races that have been cancelled or postponed. We will keep this page updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: March 27, 2020 9:00AM EST: Spartan has rescheduled their Tri-State NJ Ultra, Beast Weekend that was slated originally for April 25-26. These events will be moved to the October Tri-State NJ Weekend and will now be a Trifecta Weekend, with the Ultra and Beast being held on Saturday, and the Mountain Series Super will be moved to Sunday.

UPDATE: March 20, 2020 9:00PM EST: Spartan emailed customers tonight announcing their intent to suspend all races through May 15, 2020. This comes one week after announcing a 30-day stop on all events.

Spartan stated in their email that they have full intention of attempting to reschedule these events for later in the 2020 calendar. They also state they’ll be hosting “virtual races; Same day. Same intensity. Different obstacles. More details to come.”

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020 12:15PM EST: Tough Mudder has now announced the delay of their first US race of 2020. Tough Mudder Virginia has been postponed from May 30-31, to August 29-30.

UPDATE: March 17, 2020 4:00PM EST: Tough Mudder has communicated upcoming changes to their schedule between April and early July. Our grid below has the full list of impacted events.

UPDATE March 15, 2020 10:00PM EST: Rugged Maniac has announced the cancelled of it’s first three events of 2020 – South Carolina, Arizona, and North Carolina.

Rugged Maniac is offer its customers the option to either switch their registration to any remaining events in 2020 or compete in a “Virtual Fitness Challenge” where you can run your own 5K, and compete a list of workouts, to earn your medal and t-shirt. You’ll also get a code for a $24 registration for another Rugged event, regardless of which option you opt for.

UPDATE March 13, 2020 3:00PM EST: Spartan Race has announced the postponing of all US-based races effective immediately. The temporary suspension will last through April 12, 2020.

This temporary halt on all events will impact races all over the country, including the second stop of the US National Series in Seattle, and the kick-off race of the US Stadion Series at CitiField in New York.

At this time all races scheduled after April 12, 2020 are still considered to be on schedule.

The decision to suspend these events comes after the sudden and abrupt cancellation of the San Antonio Super & Sprint weekend that was scheduled for March 14-15 as well as the postponing of the San Luis Obispo weekend. San Luis Obispo has already been rescheduled for November 14-15, 2020. A full list of impacted races in the US and across the world can be found below.

As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact races all over the world, we will continue to update you here with the most timely information available.

Spartan Race

Date Location New Date
2/15 Hung King Memorial Park, Vietnam 5/16/20
3/13 San Antonio, TX cancelled
3/13-14 Riyadh, Saudia Arabia cancelled
3/14-15 San Luis Obispo, California USA 11/14-15
3/21-22 Las Vegas, NV Date TBD
3/21 Paris, FRA 11/28
3/27 Spartan ME & Africa Championships, Abu Dhabi, UAE cancelled
3/28 Maggiora, ITA 10/24
3/28-29 Okinama, JPN Date TBD
3/28-29 Melbourne, AUS Date TBD
4/4-5 Seattle, WA US National Series Race #2 Date TBD
4/4-5 CitiField, NY US Stadion Series Race #1 Date TBD
4/4-5 Charlotte, NC Date TBD
4/4-5 Atlanta, GA Date TBD
4/4-5 Veszprem, HUN Date TBD
4/6-7 Latrobe Valley, AUS Date TBD
4/11 San Diego, CA Date TBD
4/11 S. Korea Stadion 11/7
4/17-18 Munich, GER 10/30-31
4/25-26 Palm Beaches, CA Date TBD
4/25-26 Tri-State NJ 10/3-4
5/2-3 Bigfork, MT Date TBD
5/2 Jacksonville, FL Date TBD

Deka Fit

Date Location New Date
3/21 Denver, CO Date TBD
5/2 Dallas, TX Date TBD

Savage Race

Date Location New Date
3/14-15 Dade City, FL 11/14-15
3/28 Dallas, GA 9/26
4/11 Cat Spring, TX 10/10
5/2 Kennedyville, MD 9/12

Tough Mudder

Date Location New Date
4/17 Tough Mudder City – North London – Finsbury Park 10/9-10
5/9-10 Tough Mudder London West 9/19-20
5/30 Tough Mudder Virginia, USA 8/29-30
6/13-14 Tough Mudder Midlands / Europe’s Toughest Mudder 8/22-23
7/4-5 Tough Mudder Scotland 10/3-4

Hyrox

Date Location New Date
3/28 Los Angeles, CA USA 9/13
3/21 Munich, GER Cancelled
4/4 Hyrox World Championships – Berlin, GER Date TBD

OCR European Championships

Date Location New Date
6/11-14 Val de Fiemme, Dolemites ITA Cancelled

Tough Guy

Date Location New Date
3/29 Wolverhampton, UK 2/21/21

Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz

Date Location New Date
3/14 SMU Stadium, Dallas TX Cancelled
4/18 Ohio Stadium, Columbus OH Date TBD
4/25 Booth Stadium, Kansas KS Date TBD
5/2 Rutgers Stadium, New Jersey Date TBD

Epic Series OCR

Date Location New Date
3/28 Fresno, CA 5/23

Abominable Snow Race

Date Location New Date
3/14 Devil’s Head Resort, Merrimac, WI Cancelled

Rugged Maniac

Date Location New Date
3/21 Ravenel, SC Cancelled
4/4 Chandler, AZ Cancelled
4/11 Rockingham, NC Cancelled

FIT Challenge

Date Location New Date
4/4 Cumberland, RI Date TBD

For any information regarding the postponement, cancellation or rescheduling of your event, please reach out directly to the race via the “Contact Us” option on their websites.

We will update this list as more information becomes available.

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Spartan Race Corona Virus Cancel/Postponed Update

March 13 – Complete Updated List Here.

Spartan Race just announced the San Luis Obispo event, set to take place this weekend will be postponed to a later date. There were 3 OCR distances planned as the Super, Beast, and UltraBeast were to take place.

In addition, the San Luis Obispo Spartan Trail races of 10k and 13.1 miles will also be postponed.

Update March 12, 2020 – San Luis Obispo Spartan weekend is now moved to November 14-15.

Spartan Race postponed the San Luis Obispo races at the recommendation of the County Health Officer. (We have included the local health Officer’s statement below)

We have also included the full release from Spartan which includes this statement about additional races:

“At this time, all other US events will proceed as scheduled unless otherwise noted”.

We are keeping track of all major obstacle race cancellations and postponements on this post, which we consistently update.

Here is the official statement from Spartan Race regarding this location and COVID – 19

Spartans,

As we actively monitor the developments of COVID-19 and comply with local governments, we regret to inform you that after consulting with the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department, they have determined that it is necessary to postpone this weekend’s events scheduled to take place at Santa Margarita Ranch. We will inform you of the new date by Friday.

We are automatically moving all racers to the new date, once confirmed; no further action will be required. If you are unable to attend the new date, you will have 60 days (until May 13th, 2020) to defer your event free of charge. You will be able to defer to any other distance event in the US in 2020 or 2021 that is open for registration. Should you need to defer your event, we will provide information in the next email communication.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service Spartans via Live Chat (look for the red help button at the bottom of any Spartan.com page!), or directly via email at: us@spartan.com.

Spartan continues to closely monitor developments pertaining to COVID-19 and operate in accordance with local government policies and/or requests. At this time, all other US events will proceed as scheduled unless otherwise noted.

Spartan Cancelled at Recommendation of County Health Officer .

Health Officer evaluating events on case by case basis; No mass cancellations at this time

San Luis Obispo, CA—County of San Luis Obispo Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein has advised the Spartan organization to postpone the Spartan obstacle course and trail running events scheduled for March 13-15 in Santa Margarita. As a result, event organizers have postponed the event to a date to be announced later this week.

Nearly 7,000 participants from 11 countries had registered for the event, including participants from U.S. cities with local transmission of COVID-19 and several countries currently subject to CDC travel advisories. The decision comes as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in California.

“It is important to cancel this event to protect the health of the participants and, ultimately, the health of our entire community,” said Dr. Borenstein. “This is an event that by its nature includes close physical contact. With attendees planning to participate from across California and across the world, we need to take a proactive approach to prevent the spread of illness.”

The Public Health Department is closely monitoring events scheduled in SLO County and Dr. Borenstein is providing guidance on a case by case basis.

For organizers of events in SLO County: The Public Health Department recommends that event organizers create an emergency contingency plan for how to modify, cancel, or postpone large events if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in the community. Event organizers should refer to the Mass Gatherings Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 from the California Department of Public Health.

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Tough Mudder Ticket Explanation

So you bought a Tough Mudder ticket (or season pass) – what are your options. We will break down some of the options below, however not all options

If you have a ticket to an event that is not going to happen (see list below):

THEN YOU CAN: transfer that ticket to ANY Tough Mudder in 2020 or 2021 AND get 2 Spartan races to any distance open wave (not age group or elite) in 2020 or 2021.

Tough Mudder Open Ticket

THEN YOU CAN: redeem it for any 2020 or 2021 event . You will also get 2 Spartan races to any distance open wave (not age group or elite) in 2020 or 2021.

Holy Grail Pass

Because Tough Mudder is still hosting worlds this year, you must use the worlds passage in 2020. For the other uses on the passes, you may use them for any 2020 or 2021 location AND get 2 Spartan races to any distance open wave (not age group or elite) in 2020 or 2021.

2020 Season Pass

You will get a season pass for 2020 AND 2021 PLUS get a 2020 AND 2021 Spartan open season pass.

Any New Tickets Bought Since Tough Mudder Came Out Of Bankruptcy.

Will NOT have the “Spartan Bonus.”

2020 Tough Mudder Events that aren’t taking place.

  • College Station
  • Los Angeles
  • Atlanta
  • Philadelphia
  • Missouri
  • Michigan
  • Whistler
  • Boston
  • Indiana
  • Buffalo
  • Pittsburg
  • Nashville
  • Sonoma
  • Las Vegas
  • Central FL
  • Arizona

Spartan And Other Obstacle Racing Companies Statement On Coronavirus

March 13 – Complete Updated List Here.

Amid Coronavirus concerns, events are being cancelled and companies reducing travel exposure across the United States. In recent days, the 2020 Ultra Music festival in Miami was cancelled and several large companies are pulling out of South By Southwest which takes place in Austin, Texas.

ORM  is reaching out to race companies to get statements, and will keep you updated as we receive more.

If you are a race director, and would like to update us, please email matt at obstacleracingmedia.com

We ask the community to use this page as a resource to help dispel rumor and pass along accurate information about the OCR industry.

Spartan Race

Spartan has been, and continues to closely monitor developments pertaining to the outbreak of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 which has, and may continue to impact some of our events across the globe. In accordance with local government policies and/or requests, we have postponed several international events at this time. We’d like to assure you that the safety of our racers, spectators, team members and volunteers is our number one priority. All other events will proceed as scheduled at this time and as we continue to track the impact of the virus, we will update racers vie email and our social media channels.

*Update March 13, 2020 – Free deferral 

FREE DEFERRALS THROUGH APRIL 30th!

Given the current state of the COVID-19 issue worldwide, Spartan is extending FREE DEFERRALS through April 30th, to ensure you have the flexibility in your travel plans that you need. This means that there will be no deferral fee paid, but the racer would still be responsible for any price differences if they choose to “upgrade” to a longer distance race (ie, sprint to beast).

Update March 11, 2020 – San Luis Obispo event March 14-15 moved to November 14 and 15, 2020

Locations rescheduled to date: Hong Kong moved to May 30. Vietnam moved to May 16.

 

Savage Race

We are watching this situation very closely. We are not planning to cancel events, but will continue to monitor the situation. Effective yesterday, and until further notice, we are not charging participants for same-person transfers to any future event, if they should decide to transfer. Here is a link to our update page regarding Coronavirus.

Update – March 12, 2020 –  The following events are being postponed. March 14-15 Florida, March 28 Georgia, April 11 Texas. No make up dates announced yet.

Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder continues to closely monitor developments around the world relating to the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19. We work closely with local authorities for our events and note the updates and advice given by local Governments, the World Health Organization and other relevant public bodies.

We’d like to assure you that the safety of our participants, spectators, team members, volunteers and partners remains our number one priority.

At this time, our North American season will proceed as scheduled.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep the community updated. Please contact Mudder Services with any additional questions.

Rugged Maniac

At this point, our plan is to move forward with all races. As with all of our events, we will take every measure possible to ensure the well being of our participants. We will continue to keep a close eye on developments as they pertain to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will communicate with all impacted parties should our position change.