NBC Picks Up 'Spartan Race' Series

NBC and the producers of 'American Ninja Warrior' are creating a TV series based on the popular Spartan Race.

NBC has picked up the competition-based TV series Spartan Race from the producers of the hit program American Ninja Warrior. Currently casting contestants, Spartan Race will follow friends, family members and co-workers as they push each other to test their physical limits. The contestants race across Spartan courses especially designed to measure their endurance, determination and will.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Arthur Smith, CEO and co-founder of A. Smith & Co. Productions, who said, "Following the success of American Ninja Warrior, teaming up with Spartan Race and NBC to bring this popular and exciting sport to national audiences is a challenging and exciting opportunity for us. We are thrilled to be taking a brutally challenging race series and turning it into a primetime event."

Considered the world's leading obstacle course race company, Spartan Race is innovative and extremely popular. Over a million people participate in more than 120 events in 20 countries. Competition at all fitness levels is available, from novice up to elite competitive events. The big finale to the elite contests is the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship.

The TV series will reportedly include a minimum of six episodes. Five-member teams will consist of two women, two men and an elite Spartan athlete. Competitors will brave fierce obstacles of mud, fire and water in their quest for victory and the chance to win a large cash prize.

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