Spartans don't skip obstacles, we overcome them.
We strongly discourage skipping obstacles without attempting them, as it is unfair to others that do attempt them. Plus, aren't the obstacles the point of doing an obstacle course race?
However, if you attempt an obstacle that you simply cannot overcome you will be required to complete a penalty.
- Competitive Elite and Age Group racers that are unable to complete "pass/fail" obstacles will be required to complete a penalty loop (Except when competing at a Stadion race where the penalty will remain as 15 burpees for all racers).
- Non-competitive racers, that are unable to complete "pass/fail" obstacles will be required to complete a penalty of 30 burpees for OCR events and 15 burpees for Stadion races.
For more information on penalties and the definition of "pass/fail" obstacles please take a look at the official Spartan rule book.
A proper burpee, as defined by Spartan Founder Joe Desena, can be seen in the video below: