Hitchhiking/Train Hop to the Spartan Races (1 Viewer)

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I've got a unique vision in mind.

I'd love to spend a few months-a year hitchhiking around the US from Spartan Race to Spartan Race. These races are fun, but also provide plenty of volunteer opportunities the days of the races (and the weeks prior building the course). Every time you volunteer, you're provided with food/snacks, make plenty of local connections, get a free volunteer shirt, and earn a free race code.

That race code can be used by yourself for a fun time to race, but they also stockpile pretty quickly if you volunteer everyday leading up to a race. I'm wondering if selling these free Spartan race codes online would be a great way to earn a few quick bucks considering these races go for well over $100.

It'd be pretty damn cool to have a group of people from this forum who meet up at these Spartan races and race together, and I'd really love a companion to hitchhike or train hop with from race to race.
 
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That sounds awesome!

I've recently been dreaming about freight hopping around to different triathlons...I used to compete when I was younger and I'm really interested in getting back into competing.

I've never done a Spartan race, but they look really fun! And volunteering for future race spots is a great idea.

How does signing up to volunteer work? Do you have to reside in the surrounding area of a race? I know a lot of music festivals only take volunteers who "live" in the surrounding area because people coming from far away are more likely to be flaky. Have you volunteered before?
 
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That sounds awesome!

I've recently been dreaming about freight hopping around to different triathlons...I used to compete when I was younger and I'm really interested in getting back into competing.

I've never done a Spartan race, but they look really fun! And volunteering for future race spots is a great idea.

How does signing up to volunteer work? Do you have to reside in the surrounding area of a race? I know a lot of music festivals only take volunteers who "live" in the surrounding area because people coming from far away are more likely to be flaky. Have you volunteered before?
That's so cool! Let me know if you're every around these parts because I'd be so down for something like that... and I need to learn how to freight hop safely XD I've been wanting to do a triathlon. I signed up for one when I lived in Hawaii but ended up having to leave a week before the race. And I signed up for a full length ironman a couple years ago but I wasn't prepared for the bike portion when race day came around; the most I've ever biked at once at this point has been 50 miles with a mountain bike (and I don't have the extra money to buy a road bike yet lol).

Spartan races are incredibly fun! I believe they usually look for volunteers to help build the course for approximately 2 weeks before the race, so it's a real easy way to ensure you're getting fed everyday, not to mention meet a lot of cool people. Every shift you do earns a free race as long as it's a full day shift (not a half day). I've volunteered 3-4 times so far I believe and they take anyone. You don't have to live in the surrounding area from what I remember. They do have a lot of people flake out last minute though, but they just make do with what they've got.

As far as volunteering goes, in the weeks prior to the race you get paired up with a group to construct the obstacles and/or festival area. The days of the race, if you volunteer, there are plenty of more options. Most of the time I end up supervising obstacles and reporting injuries to the medics. Other volunteer jobs include handling transactions at the festival area, cleaning up the race, doing a quick run-through in the morning before the race, and dozens of other possibilities.

Very interesting indeed, I'm listening.
Awesome! Have you ever done a spartan race before? It'd be so cool to get a team setup with people from this site. The next race I know of is by Westpoint in NY (near the Hudson river). This past weekend was at Tuxedo, NY.
 

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Never done a Spartan race but I am an avid cyclist and traveler, not sure if I am up to racing but sounds fun I would be more into the travel and volinteer part lol
 
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Never done a Spartan race but I am an avid cyclist and traveler, not sure if I am up to racing but sounds fun I would be more into the travel and volinteer part lol
Yeah it's so much fun! Volunteering in itself is an experience and a half. Let me know if you're going to travel to and volunteer at the Westpoint one and we can meetup.
 

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