Mountain Creek Resort is the perfect place for year-round adventure. This Spartan Beast race held in Vernon, New Jersey, will put any runner’s spirit, endurance, and determination to the test. Competitors will power through a challenging course that stretches over 12 miles with up to 35 obstacles to tackle.
The festivities kick off early with the Spartan Open House from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, April 27. This is a free event open to everyone, including friends and family. Racers will have the opportunity to tour the course with Spartan staff and SGX Coaches, as well as ask them for information and advice. Any attendees age 14 or above will also be allowed to practice on some of the obstacles.
The fun continues into Friday evening with the Athlete Dinner hosted by Spartan Race. Racers can sit down together for a meal, meet top athletes, listen to speeches, and even win raffle prizes. The dinner will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the South Lodge. Admission is $40 for adults and $10 for children age 13 and under.
Races are held at staggered intervals starting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Your starting time will be determined a few days before the event. Arrive at least 90 minutes before your race begins to allow time to park and prepare. Registration will open at 6:00 a.m. If you’re with a group and want to start the race together, form a team when you register.
Preferred parking costs $30 per car, and passes must be booked in advance. General parking is paid upon entry with cash only, costing $10 per car, $20 per van, and $50 per bus or RV.
When: April 28-29, 2018
Where: Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ
How: Register HERE
Bring a valid form of ID and your registration barcode (either printed or on your phone). This race will take you through water and mud, up hills and mountains, and near barbed wire and fire, so dress appropriately. Your best bet is to wear what you normally train in and to avoid cotton. It’s also recommended that you bring towels and extra clothes. Fuel for the race, such as water or energy bars, is permitted, but no other outside food and drinks are allowed. Invite friends and family to cheer you on, but please leave your pets at home.
Mountain Creek Resort and the surrounding area have a wide variety of activities for all seasons that you can enjoy while you’re in the neighborhood. If you’re looking for more athletic adventure on top of racing, you can participate in fat biking, horseback riding, hiking, and even skydiving. For a more relaxing day, take a short trip to the Warwick Drive-In theater or the Warwick Valley Winery. For kid-friendly activities, try the Space Farms Zoo and Museum or play a round at Action Putts, New Jersey’s most challenging mini golf course.