Eastern Canada gets a new Spartan Trail race this summer

Owl's Head will be Canada's only stop for the new event series on July 1

In a move that will shake up the trail running and obstacle race scene in Canada, Spartan Race, one of the best-known obstacle race and fitness purveyors on the planet, is making the move beyond the mud pits and monkey bars to host the Eastern Canada Trail race — a new 10K and 21K event in Owl’s Head, Quebec this summer.

“Spartan has inspired millions to live healthier lifestyles through OCR and training programs, and we’re excited to expand our experiences and community by introducing the growing sport of trail running to our event lineup,” said Spartan Founder and CEO Joe De Sena.

“The ancient Spartans ran on trails to train, so it’s a natural extension of our brand as we work to motivate people everywhere to step outside of their comfort zones and learn there’s no limit to what they can achieve. Spartan Trail will provide a new opportunity to our racers while offering the trail running community an event like they have never experienced before.”

Launching April 14 outside of Seattle, WA, Spartan Trail events take place in some of nature’s most breathtaking landscapes.  

Eastern Canada will host one race in 2019.

Eastern Canada Trail at Owl’s Head will offer runners tough climbs, breathtaking views and technical terrain.  The thick forests and rocky peaks of the northern Adirondacks provide a solid backdrop for the first Canadian Spartan Trail Race on June 30, 2019.

Spartan Trail Race was developed by prominent ultra-runners Charlie Engle and Luis Escobar, who have brought their experience and knowledge of the trail running industry to Spartan.  The two will act as co-race directors, closely working with Spartan to craft each trail course.

“We’re confident the sentiment Luis and I feel for Spartan Trail will echo throughout the passionate trail running community as we’ve worked to shape the series, first and foremost as trail runners, understanding the wants and needs of our peers,” said Engle.


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