Races for older kids increase the challenge, and offer timed heats to introduce them to competition.
These are family events – relatives and friends are welcomed!
All kids finishers get to take home special Spartan Kids swag, and proudly show their family and friends what they earned out on course. 10 to 13 year olds racing Competitive earn special medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Likewise, kids racing in the OPEN category for 13 - 14 year old kids, have the opportunity to earn special medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Spartan Kids finisher T-shirt
Spartan Kids finisher medal and lanyard
Diplomas, prizes from sponsors and qualifications for WC (Top 3 runners from Competitive heat)
"I keep my family active by doing Spartan races together! We run as a team and our backyard OCR course is coming soon. My son is still too small for our long family hikes, but he loves Spartan Kids races and we both go home with medals."
- Michael, Florida
“Spartan is more than an event, it’s a mindset. It teaches children to look at challenges from a different perspective. My daughter chooses to see the bright side of things, to ask for help instead of just saying she can’t do it, and to help others; her involvement with Spartan contributed to that.”
- Melanie, Texas
Kids ages 4- to 14 can take part without specific training. Kids simply need a desire to run, be outdoors and have fun. They don’t need to be fearless or fit; both those qualities develop as they participate. Our races are inclusive to children of all abilities and mindsets, and at the end of the day, they all get to call themselves Spartans.
Comfortable clothes suitable for exercise and sturdy footwear is all that’s needed - just be aware that your kid’s gear will get wet and muddy. Pack a hat and sunscreen if it’s hot, extra layers if it’s cold, a change of clothes and a towel for afterwards regardless of conditions. After-race food and drink are available at the festival.