It was a cold day at Ellerslie Racecourse for the inaugural Spartan New Zealand race - Spartan Auckland City Sprint. Horizontal rain, biting wind and plenty of mud didn’t deter obstacle racegoers, who braved the conditions over the weekend to knock-off a 5k run with 20 challenges thrown in along the way, including scaling high walls, crawling under barbed wire, monkey bars, cargo nets, lugging water-filled jerry cans, rope climbs lots of running and a ton of burpees in the mud.
A 10-strong Mito Crew did the course as a team, including four lucky USA Spartans who won a MitoQ sweepstake to fly to the home of MitoQ and take part in the first-ever Spartan race here.
MitoQ is proud to be the 'Official Mitochondrial Supplement’ of Spartan Obstacle Racing USA. Since our partnership began in June, the MitoQ office has been inspired by the level of strength, fitness and determination competing in a Spartan requires. For MitoQ CEO Greg Macpherson, being able to get out and experience the race first hand was amazing.
"We’re super excited to be working with an organization that holds almost identical values to us about health, challenging yourself and getting the most out of life. Like Spartan, MitoQ loves ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” says Greg.
Keep scrolling for a collection of photos of the team conquering the course.
After she crossed the finish line, Spartan USA prizewinner Lynn-Marie commented:
“Conquered the very first ever Spartan Sprint in New Zealand today alongside Jena and the amazing "MitoCrew". It was cold and windy but such an amazing adventure that I couldn't have wished for better people to experience this with. 10 hours later I'm wishing that we could do it all over again. I truly cannot express proper gratitude to MitoQ for this amazingly epic experience.”
In order for the MitoQ team to become 'race ready', we enlisted the help of an endurance coach Paul Cadman. Click on the link below to read his strategy for training, eating and thinking like a Spartan.