Spartan Race competitor transported to Red Wing hospital
WELCH — A competitor at today's Spartan Race in rural Goodhue County was transported via ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing after suffering heat exhaustion, according to Goodhue County dispatch.
Details about the incident remain unclear — dispatch had no additional information and Mayo Clinic declined comment, — but it's possible the situation is life threatening. No identifying details have been released about the victim.
The Spartan Sprint , held at Welch Village just west of Red Wing, involved thousands of competitors running up and down ski hills for three to five miles in 90-plus degree weather while also completing 20-23 obstacles. Waves of 250 people were released on the course starting at 7:30 a.m. and continuing into the afternoon, according to the official website.
"Whether new to Spartan or a seasoned veteran of the course(s), the Reebok Spartan Sprint is perfect for any level of athlete looking to challenge their body and mind over 3+ miles with 20+ obstacles," Spartan Race said on its website. "It is the shortest of Spartan courses, but still demands a little grit, some determination and a lot of fun."
Spartan Race and Welch Village were not immediately available for comment.