Ready to race? Every month there is a smorgasbord of events for the avid racer to toe the line. Athlinks brings you a highlight of some of the next few weeks best races. What start lists have you joined for the next month? Let us know in the comments or give us a shout on Twitter at @Athlinks
May 4-5th, BIGFORK MT
Take in a breath of Big Sky Country’s fresh air. This course is pristine and the trails are rugged. The arduous terrain (covering 12+ miles) and punishing obstacles will leave you breathless at the finish line. The views of Glacier National Park are not to be missed; and yes, you’ll just have to climb a hill, and crawl under barbed wire, then throw a spear, and of course, traverse across a cargo net, just to get there. But trust us, the reward for your hard work is more than worth it.
May 18-19th, BURNET TX
Welcome to Reveille Peak Ranch. Located in Burnet, Texas, this ranch offers over 62 miles that wind and weave through fields of wildflowers and cacti, dry creek beds, and exposed granite outcroppings — all the makings of an authentic Texan Spartan Race. Expect a course packed with single track descents, rugged rock climbs and muddy waters.
MAY 18-19th, BIG BEAR LAKE CA
Big Bear Mountain Resort is a ski area in Southern California. Care to take a guess why ski areas make such great venues for Spartan Races? That’s right.. hills! You won’t be short on elevation gain during this race. Taking place on Snow Summit Mountain the race can access elevations as high as 8,200 ft and take you back down 1,200 ft of vertical drop.
MAY 19th, CHICAGO IL
The 11th Annual Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K, produced by Life Time, celebrates the city’s emergence from winter hibernation, the Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K delivers an intimate urban setting with a gorgeous lakefront course, charming finish line complete with a hot gourmet breakfast buffet, Athletico recovery zone, and a Spring Market featuring local vendors, Spring flowers, beer garden, live acoustic music and more.
MAY 27th, AUSTIN TX
Race through the Texas Capital at Life Time Tri CapTex. This Memorial Day Weekend race draws athletes from all over to kick off summer in Austin, Texas. The race begins with a swim in Lady Bird Lake with beautiful views of the downtown Austin skyline. The bike course takes athletes right to the heart of downtown Austin and directly into the Texas Capitol. The race concludes with a run through Butler Park and the Palmer Events Center before the rousing finish and post-race party at Vic Mathias Shores.
MAY 31st – JUNE 2nd, EMPORIA KA
The Dirty Kanza 200 is a 200 mile long ultra-endurance bicycling challenge, held on the gravel roads through the Flint Hills region of east-central Kansas. The event will occur on Saturday, June 1, 2019 and will start in front of the historic Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial St., in downtown Emporia, Kansas.