How to Make a Spartan Race Spear

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Introduction: How to Make a Spartan Race Spear

About: MyFixitUpLife is a husband-and-wife’s home improvement obsessed lifestyle. Mark and Theresa are constantly fixing something up.

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

  • 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

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!

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

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.