A Spartan Finish

A Spartan Finish

Think of Spartans and you might think of the epic historical movie, 300. But when we think of Spartans, we think of Spartan Race. That's thanks to a recent customer of ours who completed this arduous race as a Super Finisher. She wanted her medallion, photo and race number custom-framed. As one of the most difficult endurance races around, she was rightly proud of her achievement and we were only too happy to help memorialise it. After all, as the people behind Spartan Race say, it is "more than a race".

What is Spartan Race? 
Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from 3 miles to marathon distances. Founded in the USA, they now occur in over 30 countries, including Canada, South Korea, Australia and several European countries. However, it isn't just about the race itself, Spartan Race also refers to the community of people involved. 

It began as a spin-off from the more ominously named, Death Race, a 48-hour endurance event founded in 2007. Spartan Race was intended to be a more manageable endurance race that would appeal to a wider audience — but still no easy feat to complete. 

The first Spartan Race was held in 2010 at the Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston, Vermont and represented the city of Burlington, Vermont. Roughly 500 competitors had to run, crawl, jump and swim to overcome a variety of obstacles.

Spartan Race 2021
Today, the main events of Spartan Race include the Spartan Sprint (3+ miles of obstacle racing, 20+ obstacles), the Spartan Super (8+ miles, 25+ obstacles), the Spartan Beast (13+ miles, 30+ obstacles) and the Spartan Ultra (30+ miles, 60 obstacles). 

In 2021, our customer and Super Finisher (pictured) beat the obstacles and persevered all the way through to the finish line of the Spartan Super. To ensure she could proudly display her achievement, we shadowbox framed her medallion along with the competition number and photo. We used a black top mat, accented with blue, from the ribbon, as the bottom mat. The result is a display she'll be proud to hang on her wall for a lifetime.

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