The Spartan obstacle race is set to return to Ocean City come October.
On Oct. 16, the Boston-based company is set to take over downtown and hold its famous obstacle course races that feature sprint-style competition. The event first came to Ocean City in 2019 but was cancelled the following year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spartan Race is expected to have over 2,000 participants at the October event, according to its website, and will hold morning and afternoon races beginning at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The races take place on the Ocean City Boardwalk, beach areas and side streets along downtown and will feature 20 to 23 obstacles over a 3- to 5-mile course.
The 2019 event hosted over 3,000 participants and had obstacles like rope climbs, sandbag carriers, water hazards, monkey bars and more.
Those interested in participating can register at race.spartan.com.
There will also be a festival village at the Inlet parking lot where spectators who purchase a festival pass will have viewing access to some obstacles, the start and finish line, plus access to vendor tents and hot food for sale on the grounds.
Spartan was founded by Joe De Sena in Vermont, who was inspired by the warrior society of ancient Sparta, according to the organization’s website. Spartan obstacle courses seek to manufacture adversity, training the body and mind to overcome obstacles on the course and in everyday lives.
Spartan has hosted over 250 annual events across more than 42 countries since 2010.