Houston Sprint

Houston, we no longer have a problem. Spartan Race is coming. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States with a population of over 5 million people. It’s home to numerous major league sports teams, top Fortune 500 companies, the space exploration agency, NASA, and top medical facilities in the country. Houston hosts a variety of events to please nearly every hobby and appetite. It’s strong economy has invited cultural diversity that even surpasses New York City. Lazy W. Ranch is located outside Houston providing easy parking access to the venue and a short drive to numerous activities. Although this area is not known for mountainous terrain, speed and strength remain keys to conquering this course. Expect to race on a nearly flat landscape. That said, the lack of ascending hills to be replaced with obstacles of equal enjoyment. Check the weather forecast a week before the race and come prepared. This time of year can bring rain, a cold front and sunshine all in the same day. TOP REASONS FOR TAKING ON THIS COURSE: 1. There’s no shortage of activities. Horseback riding, art museums, indoor rock climbing at Texas Rock Gym and pub crawls can all be achieved in a day. 2. Indulge in the culinary experience with over 11,000 restaurants with nearly every type of meal imaginable. Cultural diversity has it’s perks. Least not forget breakfast tacos. Houston is well-known for BBQ and Tex-Mex, combining the two brings euphoria to your stomach and soul. 3. With the city’s population average age of 33 years old, Houston has an active nightlife if you choose to continue your victory celebration beyond the Spartan Race festival area. Be responsible and have fun. 4. Rather than go out-on-the-town, you can catch the latest movie at Edward’s IMAX theatre, spend time at Dave and Buster’s large indoor arcade center, do some indoor skydiving at iFly or be entertained by comedians at the Improv Comedy Club. 5. Numerous shopping centers are in the area such as the Houston Galleria, Memorial City Mall and Houston Premium Outlet Mall. 6. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the 563 acre gun range American Shooting Center located in George Bush Park. 7. Within an hour drive, you can head south and spend the day at the beach or Schlitterbahn’s waterpark in Galveston or have a drink at the Kemah boardwalk. If you head north, you can attend an outdoor concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands or relax at the lake in Conroe.
Spartan Race Inc.
Houston Sprint
Lazy W. Ranch34523 Joseph Road HempsteadTX77445
Houston Kids Race

Houston Kids Race

Spartan Race isn't just for adults. Our Spartan Kids Race offers two distances for the little Spartans in your life. Based on age, our Kids races have obstacles in them just like the grown up versions. Come watch your future Spartans run, jump, and play just like they're supposed to.
Spartan Race Inc.
Lazy W. Ranch34523 Joseph Road HempsteadTX77445
HOUSTON SPRINT

HOUSTON SPRINT

The Sprint may be our shortest distance race, but it’s still a favorite among both new and returning racers. It’s the perfect distance for those looking to start their Spartan journey. The Sprint also allows returning racers a manageable distance to see how far they can push themselves. Delivering 20-23 obstacles over 3-5 miles, you'll never run the same race twice. Once you complete the sprint you are 1/3 on your Spartan TRIFECTA: The ultimate Spartan achievement.
Spartan Race Inc.
Lazy W. Ranch34523 Joseph Road HempsteadTX77445

Distance: 3-5 miles
Obstacles: 20-23

Avg. Temperature: High 72, Low 54
Avg. rainfall: 2.4 in
Elevation: 49 – 125 ft
Avg. finish time: 1.5 hours
Fastest finish time: 30 minutes
Special gear needed: Racers should plan to bring a headlamp if starting after 2:00pm and appropriate fuel for their needs. No fuel will be provided on course, only water. Hydration packs (or water containers of some variety) are strongly suggested for all racers.

Start Time: 7:30am

Racers: If you want to race for a prize, show up for the elite heat.

BUILD A TEAM: STRENGTH COMES IN NUMBERS.


Callout your friends, co-workers and loved ones to get off the couch and into the mud.

Whether they’re helping you over the wall or chasing you up the mountain, make sure they’re with you at the starting line.

Teams can be any size but must have at least 4 members to be included in the team rankings.

TEAM REGISTRATION


The best way to ensure that you are starting at the exact same start time as your friends is to create a Team during registration (or have your friends Join your team!). 

Any racers that are registered as part of a team, on the SAME DAY in the SAME TIME BLOCK (Elite vs. Competitive vs. Morning vs. Afternoon), will be moved to the common team start time in each block when start times and bib numbers are assigned (about 10 days prior to the event). Racers that are registered for Sunday will not be moved to Saturday with a team, or vice versa. 

Team times are NOT determined by the captains start time. Team members will be grouped together within each block (Elite, Competitive, Morning OR Afternoon), based on the preferred time that the majority of team members in that block choose. 

Racers that are registered for Elite or Morning start times will NOT be grouped with racers in the Afternoon start times or vice versa.

Getting all your friends registered and lined up together on race day can be tricky. Avoid any confusion by checking out: 2016: Team Registration and Start Times. 

FINISHERS RECEIVE


Badass Sprint Finishers Medal (personalize it with our partner site, iTab)
A trifecta medal wedge piece (run a Super and Beast to collect your remaining two pieces!)
Free beer
Sprint Finisher t-shirt (your other one should be pretty dirty)
Free Professional Photos (to frame and flaunt)
Bananas at the finish line
CLIF Builder's protein bar
Cold can of FitAID
Bragging rights

PARKING: AVAILABLE, BUT LIMITED.  CARPOOLING IS ENCOURAGED.


Let's decrease our carbon emissions. All racer and spectator parking is located near the race venue. Space is available, but limited.

Parking Location: 34523 Joseph Road | Hempstead, Texas 77445

$10 per car. $20 per van. $50 per bus or RV. Cash only. Pay as you enter.

SPECTATORS: BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. (YOUR BIGGEST FANS)


Bring your friends and family to the race to watch you conquer obstacles, dominate the finish line and receive your medal!

Racers, your fans will motivate you over the wall and past the finish line. You wouldn’t believe how far a cheering section will go when you’re exhausted. Your fans will also enjoy music, raffles, entertainment, and festival challenges.

Most importantly, fans will receive a front row seat to watch racers from a safe, comfortable, and relatively mud-less (no promises) Spartan Race festival ground area! And, when it’s over, they receive muddy hugs from thrilled Spartan athletes. After all, what’s a sport without fans?

Cost: $20 Online until Friday prior to the Event. $25 on site (Cash Only).

As a Spartan Race spectator, you’ll get: $5 Spartan bucks redeemable at the merchandise tent, a festival map, access to view multiple key obstacles on the course, finish line viewing, the vendor tents, and hot food for sale on the grounds!

For detailed spectator information, please see: The Spartan Race Spectator Guide

HURRICANE HEAT


Friday Night @ 6:00pm sharp.

Show up early to run with the Spartan Staff in a whole new way!

Typically lasting 3-4 hours, the Hurricane Heat is a unique event, traversing on and off the Spartan Race Course. Hurricane Heat Participants will be assigned a team upon arrival and will be expected to work together to complete any and all challenges set before them, as a team. You can't finish alone.

Dominate the course like the good founders intended. There are no chips, no clock, just a fun run Spartan-style that represents what our company and our athletes are about…getting up when you’re knocked down and finishing what you start. And Burpees, lots of burpees.

Remember: You don’t want to be late.Plan to bring head lamps and glow sticks (required).

Successful finishers earn Hurricane Heat dog tags, a finisher shirt, entry into a closed networking group, and the chance to build relationships that will last well beyond the finish line.

For more information about the Hurricane Heat, check out: What is a Hurricane Heat?

LOCATION


Lazy W Ranch | 34523 Joseph Road, Hempstead, Texas 77445

Get Directions Get Parking Directions | Lazy W Ranch

PARKING


Located at Lazy W Ranch | 34523 Joseph Road, Hempstead, Texas 77445

$10 per car. $20 per van. $50 per bus or RV. Cash only. Pay as you enter.

IMPORTANT RACE DOCUMENTS


Participant, Spectator, Volunteer, and Kids Waiver

RACE SCHEDULE


7:30am Elite Men
7:45am Elite Women
8:00am - 9:00am Competitive Start Times
9:15am - 11:00am Morning Start Times
11:15am Afternoon Start Times Begin
Last Heat: TBD (will be posted here 10 days prior to event day)

Waves of 250+ racers will be released every 15 minutes.  

YOUR exact start time in the group you registered for will be posted under the Race Day tab a few days prior to the events date.

Thursday & Friday Registrants: Your bib number and start will not show online. Please go to the "Late Registration" line, at the Registration Tent, on race day to claim your bib number. Your start time will be within the Time Block that you selected; please plan to arrive at least 1 hour prior to that block to receive your exact start time.

ARRIVAL: BE EARLY.


Arrive an hour and a half before your start time. This gives you plenty of time to park, pick up your packet, drop your stuff at bag check, and get warmed up.
Registration opens at 6:00am.

WHAT TO BRING


Your ID
Waiver
Your bib #
Towel & extra (dry) clothes
Recommended: Headlamp and Camelback

What not to bring:
Outside food and drink (racers, fuel for the race is OK)
Your pets
Negative Attitude

WHAT TO WEAR


There’s no dress code, but you’ll be running in mud and water, climbing hills and mountains, under barbed wire and jumping fire.

Our elites recommend: performance gear (NOT COTTON), water packs, compression underwear, Clif bars and energy gel. Visit shop.spartan.com to gear up for your race.

Advice from experience: is to race in what you train in - new shoes on race day are NOT recommended.

PHOTOS


Professional event day photos will be posted on the event page 5-7 days after the event, FREE OF CHARGE! We’ll email you when your photos are ready!

EDIT/ TRANSFER REGISTRATION


Unexpected things come up in life. We understand that so we try our best to accommodate date and/or time transfers, whenever possible. For more information on how to change your:
Start Time: How do I change my Start Time?
Race Date: Can I transfer to another Spartan Race?

FAQS


More questions? Visit our FAQ page

All volunteers will get a free race, free lunch and drinks, free parking, free festival entry, and a volunteer T-shirt! You can choose to volunteer for a half day or even a full day. Without volunteers, Spartan Race cannot put on such spectacular events! We need you!