Spartan Race, the most popular obstacle race in the world, takes place on May 20 and 21, at Cheile Grădiștei

Valentin Popa will train at Spartan Race before Invictus games.


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Cheile Grădiștei turn on May 20 and 21 into an unpredictable and obstacle-filled terrain for those who want to test their strength and endurance. Spartan Race challenges everyone who wants to get out of their comfort zone to show their determination on routes from 5 km to 21 km, the races are designed to be attended by both beginners and professionals.

  • Sprint / 5 km / 20 obstacles
  • Super / 10 km / 25 obstacles
  • Beast / 21 km / 30 obstacles

Children or adults, performance athletes or sports and adrenaline lovers, anyone can participate in Spartan Race 2023. The two days of challenges will test the competitors’ skills and ability to adapt to the new. Thus, the concrete route will be announced only one day before the start of the race.

„Our mission is to inspire people to become more confident in their own abilities, to have the necessary skills to get through the challenges that arise every day. We believe that by overcoming the obstacles in our races, by training and belonging to a community with the same interests, people can become more confident, more disciplined and more aware of their own abilities”, says Lorand Ilyes, Spartan Race representative in Romania.

Valentin Popa, a war veteran and member of the INVICTUS team, is Ambassador Spartan Race 2023. He will participate on a specially created route, being an excellent workout before the Invictus Games in the fall. Valentin Popa has an impressive life story. Five years ago, he suffered an accident during a pre-mission workout, and has since been immobilized in a wheelchair. Strength, ambition and determination are the words that characterize both him and the Spartan Race.

„For a person in a wheelchair, to be able to leave the house and, especially, to participate in an activity involving discipline is a huge breath. Being with people who want to exceed their limits challenges me to want more, to work harder, and determining each participant in this kind of race inspires me. Invictus or Spartan, characterizes a sure word – WINNER”, says Valentin Popa.

Over the years, since 2018, when the first race took place, personalities such as Viorel Palici participated in Spartan Race, Paul Pepene ( world champion at 30 km-tracking-skiing fund and portdrapelul România at the 2022 Beijing Olympics ), components of the INVICTUS or Cristian Moșoiu team ( cross-country ski champion and Biathlon ).

It’s not too late to show that you’re a winner! Online registrations have ended, but you can choose to participate directly on the spot, on the day of the contest.

And the little ones can be SPARTANS. They can register on the routes for children, designed to challenge those aged between four and 14, with obstacles and special routes.

More information about participation and competition can be found here.

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