3 TO 5K
Spartan City takes place in major metropolitan centers, taking in great sights that are easy to get to. This is an ideal race for first-timers and returning Spartans looking to test their top speed over dirt-free, urban terrain.

City events aren’t that common, so if you spot one near you, give it a go. These races feature timing, and have Open heats only. They’re also different to both Sprint and Stadion events in both their layout, and the types of obstacles you’ll tackle.

What You’ll

City events feature a special collectible swag with City’s unique white color. This is some bling that you’ll rarely see around, so if you’re a return racer or just starting your Spartan collection, get your hands on it while you can.

Spartan City finisher t-shirt

Spartan City finisher medal and lanyard

Hydration and recovery nutrition*

Pro photos

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The Challenge

Spartan is a true all-round physical and mental test. Ideal for runners, weightlifters, functional fitness fans, and newbies alike, there are parts of each City race that push you in all areas. Focus training on areas you’re not so good at, and if that’s all of them, no problem. This is about having fun!

City requires little more than standard sports attire. City is intense and of relatively short duration, so you may want to wear compression apparel to help you with the explosive movements and reduce muscle fatigue. A pair of shoes designed for pavement use will help with comfort and speed. You’ll have access to regular hydration points at aid stations.


City is about having fun, meeting friends and new people to race together, and exploring cities while doing our favorite thing - racing. That said, like everything at Spartan you’ll still be timed and receive a result. If you’re after a more competitive race experience, all other Spartan event types offer Elite and Age Group category heats.

No, the event does not come with a wedge piece that fits with wedges from other race types. That said, if you’re looking for a rare form of Trifecta, try the Stadion and/or Ultra.

The standard Spartan Trifecta is earned when anyone finishes a Sprint, Super, and Beast and collects the wedges for all three, which fit magnetically together to form a medal. The Sprint wedge can also be replaced with a Stadion one, and the Beast with an Ultra wedge, creating rarer forms of Trifecta. Many Spartans commit to chase multiple Trifectas in a year. Click here for more information.

Definitely. Invite your friends along to race with you, or sign up as a team - but if you’re solo that’s fine too. The Spartan community spans across 50 countries, and when you see someone in the street wearing something Spartan you’ll either nod to each other, or start a conversation. It’s a global movement that you can be proud to be a part of.

Believe us when we say we’ve heard it all before. The biggest challenge you face isn’t what you think it is - it’s getting to the start line. From that point on, your mind and body will get you through the challenge and you’ll be better off for it. 90% of people end up loving the experience, and the majority of folks return time and again. Many make racing Spartan a lifelong commitment, like triathlon, marathon, cycling and other endurance sports.

If you’re in good enough health to do exercise, you’re ready to try Spartan. You don’t have to run the whole way, and failing obstacles isn’t a crime. There’s never a perfect time for anything, so get out there and challenge yourself. You’ll have fun, meet new people, and you’ll likely become addicted to this incredible sport.