Introduction: How to Make a Spartan Race Spear

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The Spartan Race spear throw is easy. Unless you miss. Dammit. Now it’s hard. Because, well, burpees.

And the best defense against burpees: Practice. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. So here’s how I made a Spartan Race spear.

Step 1: Materials

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  • Ames TrueTemper replacement handle for rakes and other garden implements
  • An angle grinder and metal-cutting wheel. *Please note, a grinder is a tool that means business. Be careful.*
  • JB weld
  • 40-Penny nail
  • Impact driver / drill

Step 2: The How-To

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The body of the spear is an Ames TrueTemper replacement handle for rakes and other garden implements. The business end is a 40-penny nail. Each item easily available at most home centers.

  • Cut the head off the nail. I used an angle grinder and metal-cutting wheel for this. Please note, a grinder is a tool that means business. Be careful.
  • Drill the hole in the handle a little deeper with a drill bit the same diameter as the nail.
  • Fill the hole with epoxy. I used JB Weld, which is crazy-easy-to-use and sets-up-like-iron. See below.
  • Slide the nail into the hole blunt side first and give it a tap or two to seat it in the pilot hole, drilled above. Don’t force it. I changed the cutting wheel on the grinder to a grinding wheel and used it to round off or taper the top of the nail before installing it.
  • Wait for the epoxy to cure. JB Weld says 5-minutes on the package but I gave it an hour. And when I missed the hay bale, my Spartan Race spear stuck into our obstacle race training wall. BAM!
  • Throw. Repeat. Beat the burpees and brain game.

Note: I modified this Spartan Race spear from a different design. After throwing my spear over a hundred times straight into 1/2-inch plywood—no hay—the nail is a solid as the first throw.

Step 3: Video

Now practice throwing your spear so you can nail it ever time!


laphona made it! (author)2017-11-13

Thanks for this. It helped me make a good spear - and I practiced alot and it really helped come race day. I practiced at about 35 feet, but now that I've done the race I'd say its between 25 and 30. Be ready for a bowed spear or crooked tip. The good news is they use proper straw hay (holds the spear better) than the grass hay I used.

cheap survivor2 (author)2016-06-24

I ran the 2016 spartan race the spears were very off set

BlainB (author)2016-03-23

I made a throwing Spear from Home Depot after throwing it over 600 times I went participated in the Dallas Spartan Beast and realized theirs is much wider in circumference and weight and didn't float like the one a made. I would suggest a Heavy Duty handle like a Link Cotton rake handle.

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