Spartan Race has partnered with CrossFitter apparel designer LifeAsRx and CrossFit event productions company Gymnos Productions to present WODstock – the first Spartan Race ever to incorporate a CrossFit Competition. The new event will debut Jan. 26 – 27, 2013 at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, CA.

“As the world’s only competitive international obstacle racing series, we strive to align ourselves with like-minded businesses and individuals,” said Ben Killary, Spartan Race employee and co-creator of the WODstock concept. “Partnering with LifeAsRx and Gymnos Productions is an ideal way to unite our two worlds in the name of fitness.”

He explained the event, saying: “Saturday’s race event will consist of an all-day CrossFit Competition hosted by LifeAsRx and Gymnos Productions (limited to 1,000 competitors). Sunday’s race will feature 1,000+ CrossFitters grinding it out on the SoCal Super Spartan, one of the gnarliest obstacle courses on the planet. Competitors’ overall scores will reflect how well they perform in the CrossFit competition combined with their performance on the Spartan course.

“The big draw to this unique event is the team competition,” Killary continued, adding that Spartan Race’s own Tommy Hackenbruck, a member of the world champion CrossFit Games affiliate cup team, along with the rest of “Hacks Pack UTE,” will participate in the team competition. “This is a great opportunity to compete alongside the ‘World’s Fittest Team’ and other elite athletes of the CrossFit Community,” he added.

Teams will consist of four athletes – two males and two females. Same rules apply as signing up individually. Scaled teams will split in half with each half running a loop of the SoCal Spartan Race relay course (four miles each loop).

Killary stressed that while they expect a large turnout of elite CrossFit athletes, WODstock is for CrossFitters of all abilities. Athletes may compete in an RX’d (as prescribed) division or a scaled division. Both groups will complete their Saturday workouts as designed and scaled by Gymnos Productions. Sunday, the RX’d division will take on the eight+-mile SoCal Super Spartan while scaled division participants will tackle a four+-mile loop of the course. “Sign up RX’d and compete with the likes of Hacks Pack UTE or register for the scaled division and compete with hundreds of your CrossFit community peers. Either way, there is an event for everyone,” he commented.

“We’re thrilled to join forces with LifeAsRx and Gymnos Productions for a weekend that promises to be one for the record books,” Killary concluded. “There’s still plenty of time to train, so sign up today for our Spartan WODs (Workout of the Day) and get ready for race day.”

Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at three escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions. While featuring competitive elite heats, Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities and are geared toward ripping people off their couches and into the outdoors.