Victoria Discovers was invited to attend Spartan Melbourne City Sprint. Unfortunately due to date clashes, on this occasion we were unable to send a representative to check out the adult race. However, one of our younger representatives (4 years old) took on the challenge of Melbourne’s Spartan Sprint Race Kids. Here is what they thought.
Set in Yarra Park with the incredible backdrop of the MCG, Mummy and I walked up to the registration gazebo to sign in.
I was handed a numbered sweat band, which I proudly put on, and was told what time my wave would be setting off. I couldn’t wait. I was so excited. I was all set and raring to go.
Before my wave was called, mummy and I had a chance to walk around and check out some of the stalls. They included promotional merchandise to purchase, changing rooms, a secure bag check, wood fire pizzas from Pizza Party Hire and awesome looking caravans from New Age Caravans Melbourne.
Though I knew what I had to do. I had to channel all of my focus on the starting line to be ready for the challenges in front of me. This was my race today. I was going to become a Spartan.
There was a range of ages taking place in my wave. Before we set off we were given a short briefing and we were told that 4 – 7 year olds were to go round the track once and 8 – 14 year olds were to go round twice. Parents were told they they are welcome to come around the course with us. However, they must not go on the obstacles. The obstacles were only for us kids. Mummy did look very relieved when they said that. I have no idea why though? Anyway the buzzer sounded and we were off …
The 2km track was a combination of running and all different sorts of obstacles. Some of them I was able to do by myself;
Others I needed a little help from Mummy with.
Whatever challenge was put in front of me, I was determined to give it my best shot.
Before I knew it I was on the home stretch and the finish line was finally coming into sight.
I crossed the the finishing line and a lady congratulated me becoming a ‘finisher’. She rewarded me with a medal and a t-shirt and told me that they were ‘earned not given’.
I glowed with pride! This was my accomplishment that I had done it all by myself. I turned to Mummy who had a huge beaming smile on her face. She told me that she was so proud of me for pushing myself into trying new things and not giving up. That I had continued to move forward even when it got a little bit hard.
All the way home I couldn’t stop staring at my medal. At 4 years old I get most things “given to me” but this medal I can say I truly earned and that felt amazing.
Spartan has a range of other races lined up for both adults and children in 2020 throughout Victoria, Australia and New Zealand. Victoria Discovers will keep you up to date of all local upcoming events. Though our top tip would be to head to Spartan website now to secure your place for their next event at the Marvel Stadium in February. Remember “Everyone dies, but not everyone lives”