300? More like 5500 at Queensland Spartan Race
"I AM Spartan" echoed from the foot of Flinders Peak on Saturday when more than 5500 adrenaline junkies battled mud, dodged eels and jumped through flames at Queensland's first Spartan Race.
Competitors were pushed to their physical limits at the mercy of the gruelling 14km obstacle course staged at Peak Crossing, which involved climbing ropes, creek crossings, spear throwing and mud pits, before they came against gladiators in the battle arena.
The ultimate test of strength, balance and endurance was won by Newcastle's Matt Murphy, who completed the race in one hour and 27 minutes.
But for the rest, finishing was the biggest accomplishment.
Boonah personal trainer Sandy Ehrich, who completed the course in just under 2.5 hours said the complimentary beer was well deserved at the finish line.
"Pulling the 20kg kettle bell up 20m was the hardest, as well as the freezing water," she said.
Fitness fanatics Brent Green and Matthew Martin flew from Melbourne to compete.
"We've done about 12 of these events in Victoria and this course was one of the best - the venue is phenomenal," he said.
"The terrain was the hardest to get your footing...it was challenging physically and mentally, and the mud, it was like quicksand."
Asked how he would rate the event: "I would give it close to a 10 out of 10," Mr Martin said.
As for Toowoomba's Tiani Tattam: "It was freakin' ridiculous and stupidly tough," she said.
A portion of the money raised from the race will be donated to Soldier On, a foundation that directly supports the nation's defence members who have been wounded while on active duty.
The next Brisbane Sprint will be held at Peak Crossing on March 8, 2014.