CAPAS, Tarlac – For the second straight year, the New Clark City (NCC) Athletic Stadium here will be the site of the Spartan Stadion Race.

This time, though, the race will be more challenging according to Spartan Race Philippines general manager Marc Celis.

“There were a lot of things that we didn’t do [last year], and now we have more obstacles inside the actual stadium,” Celis said during the pre-event press conference on Wednesday right at the NCC Athletic Stadium.

The latest twist to the 5-kilometer obstacle race, according to Celis, is the addition of an “obstacle gauntlet”, where the racers need to finish a bunch of challenges within the final stretch of the race course, that is, the zig-zag portion near the finish line.

Celis also said he is expecting around 2,500 racers to attend the race.

Being the only Spartan Race Stadion course to be played in Southeast Asia this year, Celis is also expecting international racers from even outside the ASEAN region to join.

However, racers have until later Wednesday to register for the Spartan Race.

The race course will traverse the entire NCC Athletic Stadium from the stands to the athletic track.

Prizes will be awarded to the overall top finishers as well as the top finishers per age group. (PNA)