The Spartan Agoge

Brave souls from all walks of life travel to the most remote parts of the world to experience challenging and culturally immersive once in a lifetime adventures. Are you ready for the Spartan Agoge?

Agoge Namibia

Deep in the Kalahari desert in the most sparsely populated country on earth, Agoge students will learn to live using the traditional and confronting ways of the hunter-gatherer San bushmen. Dropped into the African savannah, students must navigate with the sun and stars, face lions and elephants, fight off thirst and starvation, build traditional “boma” shelters, track enemies and wild animals, and learn to hunt with a bow. Every ounce of Spartan strength with be required to survive mentally and physically - and transform spiritually.

Agoge Greek Isles

Deep in the Cyclades on the island of Naxos, Agoge students will traverse towering mountain ranges and death-defying cliffs, discover caves and ancient temples, use maps of the stars to find lost churches, meet reclusive fishermen and monks in hidden alleyways, and barter the clothes off their backs for food and supplies to cross the vast open sea. These missions will bring Naxos to life as it was more than 2000 years ago, as students seek to change their lives.

Agoge’s Spartan History

Spartan Agoge is a 60 hour Extreme Endurance event inspired by the original Greek Agoge, the rigorous training mandated for the citizens of ancient Sparta. The training was a well rounded cultural immersion involving stealth, loyalty, survival, hunting, dancing, singing, and social skills. The word ‘agoge’ means leading, guidance, or training in Greek. Spartan Agoge is the epic rebirth of the Greek Agoge and has evolved to become one of the most difficult extreme endurance events in the world. Agoge is held only twice a year in the most remote parts of the world. Each event is a challenging once in a lifetime adventure.

Agoge Video Series

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Additional Agoge Info

This is not an ultra marathon, adventure race or obstacle course. You will not be scaling walls, doing burpees, kayaking or only running for hours on end, but you will be doing things you have never done before! You may be challenged with navigating jungles, deserts and mountains, carrying all sorts of things, digging, running brutal terrain, throwing, memorizing, and surviving in this epic event! This race has aggressive cutoffs and requires endurance event experience. Most of the course and challenges are not revealed until race day; be ready for anything!

These knots demonstrated in the videos below must be demonstrated by all participants. Knowing these Mandatory Knots is basic for each event, but only a fraction of the preparation needed. Additional training elements may be required. Participants will be notified via email or the Facebook Group for specific events.

 Knot Tying - Pass Through Figure 8
 Knot Tying - Double Fisherman's knot
 Knot Tying - Clove Hitch knot
 Knot Tying - Bowline knot

2019 Agoge Mandatory Equipment List Make sure you read through the full equipment list and examine each item’s specific requirements. The aim of this list is to keep your equipment as light and compact as possible, while maximizing safety and operational flexibility across a range of environmental conditions. Agoge students will be exposed to extreme conditions in very remote places, and you will rely heavily on your gear to support you throughout the event.

2019 Agoge Fitness Assessment
New for 2019, Spartan Race, Inc. (“Spartan”) requires the following 3-part Agoge Fitness Assessment, which consists of a 1) Swim Assessment, 2) Physical Fitness Assessment, and 3) Medical Clearance Form. Spartan requires that each Agoge registrant submit the certifications related to each step of the Agoge Fitness Assessment via xe@spartan.com. This Agoge Fitness Assessment can be done before or after registration for the event, and can be submitted up to fifteen (15) days before the event. The certification forms for your Swim and Fitness Assessments and the Medical Clearance Form/HIPAA Form are all included in this document.

Visa information:
Depending on your nationality, there may be visa requirements. Please use this link to check and arrange visa if needed:
Application for Visa or Permit for Republic of Namibia

What vaccinations do I need for Namibia?
You should seek medical advice from your local health practitioner before travelling to Namibia and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Polio, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A & B and Tetanus is strongly recommended. Rabies is also recommended. A valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is also required if travelling into Namibia and from an infected country.

Do I need anti-malaria tablets for Namibia?
There is a high risk of malaria in the northern part of Namibia during certain times of the year so anti-malarials should be taken if you plan on visiting these parts. Atovaquone/proguanil, doxycycline or mefloquine are recommended when visiting risk areas. Generally, it is a good idea to avoid mosquito bites as much as possible whilst there. This can be achieved by wearing long sleeves and trousers, sleeping under a mosquito net and covering yourself in an insect repellent that contains at least 50% DEET. For more information on the malaria risk in Namibia visit the NHS Fit to Travel page or the CDC Traveler's Health page.

Is it safe to drink tap water in Namibia?
The tap water in Namibia is generally considered safe to drink, but as a precaution against stomach upsets you may want to drink bottled mineral water, which is readily available from shops, hotels and restaurants.

What's the food like in Namibia?
Thanks to the wide range of different cultures and ethnic groups in Namibia, the country’s cuisine is incredibly diverse and enjoys the many different influences with which it has been infused over the years. In general, the cuisine is very meat-centric, though there are vegetarian options, and involves a lot of maize-based accompaniments, such as mealie pap, a doughy maize paste.

Potjiekos are commonly found throughout Namibia and are made by throwing meat, vegetables and some seasoning into a huge pot and then leaving it to cook for a few hours. Braaivleis (barbecued meat) is also popular and is served with mealie pap, salad and veggie dishes. Having braai is quite a social event and allows people from the neighbourhood to congregate with plenty of good food and beer. While beef and chicken are commonly found on the barbecue, sausages and game such as antelope, oryx, kudu and even giraffe are all part of the Namibian diet as well.

If you’re looking for something a bit different in Namibia’s culinary scene, mopane worm are a delicacy and a great source of protein. Biltong, which is the dried meat of a springbok, gemsbok or kudu, is a favourite snack food and is usually washed down with a local brew such as Windhoek.

Travel Information: Flights should be booked in and out of Windhoek, Namibia. Participants should be in Windhoek with all of their gear no later than 3pm June 20 for the Mandatory Briefing. Additional information is provided upon registration

Visa information
Depending on your nationality, there may be visa requirements.Please use this link to check and arrange visa if needed:
Visa information for non-Greeks

Travel
Athens airport is where everyone is to fly into if traveling by air.
The call center can be reached here: (+30) 210 35 30 000

What vaccinations do I need for Greece?
You should seek medical advice from your local health practitioner before travelling to Greece and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. Just make sure you’re up to date for recommended vaccinations for your home country, including measles, mumps and polio. Other vaccines to consider are Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis. Visit the NHS Fit to Travel page or the CDC Traveler’s Health Page for more information.

Is it safe to drink the tap water in Greece?
In the major cities, it’s generally safe to drink water from taps and also from drinking fountains. However, it is strongly recommended to stick to bottled water on most islands and in rural areas.

What’s the food like in Greece?
Greek food has a venerable history dating back to antiquity. Although the country’s rocky terrain limits its agricultural output, cooking and cuisine are essential to its culture. Olives, cheese, and wheat are integral parts of the local diet, appearing in salads, stews, and breads. Seafood at restaurants – often squid, octopus, mussels, and fish - is likely to come fresh from the Mediterranean, especially on the Greek islands.

Greek cuisine is simple but incredibly varied. In terms of popular dishes, you will find moussaka (aubergine & lamb casserole), souvlaki (spit-roasted meat), and dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with meat & herbs) in many tavernas and restaurants, sometimes with regional variations. Meat-free options include briam (roasted vegetables in tomato sauce), and of course, Greek salad with olives & feta cheese. For indulging your sweet tooth, pastry shops serve delicacies such as Turkish-inspired baklava (filo pastry layered with honey and chopped nuts). Ice cream and honey with yogurt are also common sweet snacks.

Drinks are a major part of the traditional dining experience. Ouzo, an anise-flavoured spirit distilled from pressed grapes, is Greece’s most popular alcohol, usually served as an aperitif with iced water and some small appetizers. Be careful not to drain your glass too quickly – it is a strong drink, meant to be enjoyed over a period of time.