SPARTAN Race Australia is keen to return to WA following the success of its inaugural international event in Keysbrook.
Bolinda Vale hosted the physical endurance race’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (APAC) over the last weekend of November, Spartan Race’s biggest Australian event yet.
The APAC event featured three different distance races – 7km, 14km and 21km – which catered to all levels of competitors, a 12-hour ‘hurricane heat’ (a group challenge which focused on resilience) and a stand-alone kids race.
Spartan Race Australia chief executive Max DeLacy confirmed it was interested in returning, despite no WA dates on its 2018 calendar.
“We’re already looking at dates for 2019 and it’s on our shortlist of venues for 2019,” he said.
“Our idea is to have, outside of our three core centres (NSW, Queensland and Victoria) to have two centres (Adelaide and Perth) and a couple of other centres we’re looking to rotate every couple of years.”
“WA is 100 per cent on the cards to be back and I’d say likely in 2019.”
Mr DeLacy spoke glowingly of the Keysbrook location and the local community and state government for their help in organising the event.
“We’re grateful for all the support we’ve had, coming over from east there’s a lot of things we can’t do in terms of spreading the word and getting it out there,” he said.
“Thanks to the partnerships and friendships we’ve had with local businesses and local individuals within Perth, Jarrahdale and Keysbrook, it’s already special coming to Perth.
“The owners of the venue and the Keysbrook and Jarrahdale communities in general are just amazing. It ticks all the boxes.”
The event attracted more than 1000 racers from interstate and overseas and Mr DeLacy said early feedback was positive.
“A lot of people achieved things and did things they probably didn’t think were possible because the course was very challenging. The 21km course had over 1600m of elevation, which is extremely meaningful,” he said.
“The summary from a lot of our racers who race all of our events was it was the best and most challenging event we’ve put on ever and that was our goal.”