QSC K Series loudspeakers were used to deliver sound for the Reebok Spartan Race, an event which has been innovating the fast-growing sport and lifestyle event industry since 2010.
With races held in various environments and in all sorts of weather around the world, and having various degrees of distance, challenge levels and obstacles to overcome, the Reebok Spartan Race is the global leader in obstacle racing.
The music is carefully orchestrated to provide the inspiration to keep the participants going in the festival area and along the race route, and QSC K Series loudspeakers were selected to provide that inspiration.
In the festival area, the K12 speakers are setup for the emcee and a DJ playing music, both to keep people entertained as well as to help keep the timing of the events moving along throughout the day. All along the course itself, which ranges from five to as much as 20 miles, K Series loudspeakers deliver the music to keep the athletes motivated.
“When participants are running the race, and perhaps face one of the obstacles, such as climbing over a 35 foot cargo net, they need inspiration to meet the challenges,” said Daniel Goldstein of Spartan Race. “Having music along the way is important to keep them motivated; it keeps everyone’s spirits high, and music is the way to do that.”
Goldstein orchestrates the logistics for the races, and so was responsible for strategising and organising the setup of the new sound systems.
“In setting up for the races, the music is a very valuable component to it. Having the QSC speakers in Spartan’s trucks is as important as all of their other event preparations – they are a staple,” he added.
“The K Series is ideal for sound people like me on the move, who are setting up events for large groups, moving from stop to stop and throwing them in a truck over and over again. Most of the time with other speakers, if you use them enough, the sound quality diminishes. With the QSC K Series, I’ve put them through abuse and rugged situations over and over again, and they always sound excellent.”
Spartan Race is the world’s leading obstacle race company and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 170 events in 25+ countries planned for 2016, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants, and offers open heats for all fitness levels as well as competitive and elite heats.