Spartan Race set to return to Picton

Tough event: A previous Spartan competitor. Picture: Simon Bennett
Tough event: A previous Spartan competitor. Picture: Simon Bennett

From ropes and mud pits to balance beams and climbing obstacles - the Spartan Race is one of the world's top oibstacle races and it's coming back to Picton in 2021.

The shire will play host to the iconic race for the next two years with support from the NSW Government.

The Picton Spartan Trifecta Weekendhas been secured by the government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW,.

The three-day obstacle race event will offer competitors all of Spartan's Trifecta race disciplines in the one event.

Spartan Race Australia and NZ managing director, Chris Heverin said he was delighted to be partnering with Destination NSW to host the 2021 Spartan Trifecta Weekend in Picton.

"The Trifecta event is the pinnacle of Spartan racing across Australia and New Zealand, and we're excited to be staging it for the first time in NSW," Mr Heverin said.

"The Picton property is arguably the best obstacle racing venue in Australia - it will provide all racers with an exceptional experience as they tackle the incredible Spartan race types we have on offer."

The last Spartan Race event to be held in Picton was back in 2014.

Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith said to have the Spartan Trifecta Weekend in Picton from 2021 until 2022 for the first time was a major coup.

"The Picton Spartan Trifecta Weekend is the pinnacle event on the Spartan calendar so we're thrilled this is coming to our region for the next two years," he said.

"Bringing with it more than 4500 overnight visitors and injecting more than $2.5 million into our local economy.

"Whether you are an experienced athlete or first-timer, this is the type of event you will want to tick off your bucket list and those looking to take part should consider spending a few days in and around Picton - from our colonial buildings and national parks to tasting fresh local produce, there's plenty to see and do."

Western Sydney minister Stuart Ayres said securing this event was yet another feather in NSW's events cap, particularly as the state continues on its road to economic recovery.

"This announcement reaffirms the NSW Government's commitment to delivering world-class events for our state because we know they play an important role in encouraging people to explore different corners of NSW which in turn, creates jobs and puts dollars into the pockets of local business people," Mr Ayres said.

The Picton Spartan Trifecta Weekend, will offer Sprint (5km), Super (10km) and Beast (21km) distance options together with a 10km Night Trail Race, a Hurricane Heat 4-hour teams' event and a kids' race.

Courses will feature more than 30 custom-designed obstacles across multiples categories including: truss (hoist or net-based), crawls, carries, wall obstacles and Spartan specific obstacles such as the famous spear throw.

The Spartan Race was developed and first held in the USA in 2010, and today is held in more than 40 countries.

The 2021 event will be held from November 26 to 28.

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