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BIG CHALLENGE: Thousands of people are expected at Peak Crossing when Spartan Race returns in September.
BIG CHALLENGE: Thousands of people are expected at Peak Crossing when Spartan Race returns in September. Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH fitness fans will have extra motivation to take on wall-climbing and fire-jumping next month when the obstacle run Spartan Race returns to Peak Crossing.

Organisers behind the race have teamed up with charity Rosie's Friends On The Streets, which provides food and equipment to people without a home or struggling to pay for food.

Spartan Race wants to raise more than $10,000 through its September races and chief executive officer Max DeLacy said he hoped it would be the beginning of a permanent partnership with the charity.

"Part of the whole thing (of Spartan Race) is to take responsibility and make a difference," he said.

Anyone who registers with a special code will be donating half their fee to Rosie's and will also get a 15% discount off the cost of registration.

Up to 5000 participants are expected to take on one of three Spartan Race difficulty levels being held from September 6-7.


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Peak Crossing is the only place in Australia this year to host the Beast, a beefed-up 21km version of the race that includes 35 obstacles.

Mr DeLacy said he expected there would be plenty of interstate participants travelling to Ipswich to compete in the Beast and its big brother, the 42km Ultra Beast.

"It's kind of our home ground," he said.

There will also be up to 2000 people who take on the easier Sprint, a 7km race with 20 obstacles, and another 1000 younger racers who take on the Spartan kids' race.

Mr DeLacy said obstacle races, even for people who weren't fans of working out, reminded people what their bodies were capable of.

"There's something very childlike about it," he said.

Head to spartanrace.com.au to register .

Use the code ROSIES_ SPARTAN_BRIS to make sure 50% of your registration fee goes to Rosie's.


Serving up basics

MONEY raised by Spartan Race will go to vital training for the volunteers that man food vans run by Rosie's Friends on the Streets.

The vans operate three nights a week in Ipswich.

Rosie's chief executive officer Troy Bailey said up to 95% of Rosie's Ipswich clients had a mental illness or had been affected by drug and alcohol use.

In the past eight months, vans run from Ipswich CBD have also seen a big spike in the number of mums and dads looking for help to feed the kids.

On top of providing a meal and basic equipment like blankets, the service aims to be a place where people can come for friendship and acceptance.

Rosie's is about to open its next location at Wynnum, on top of the services it runs throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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