Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fact-Checking Spartan Race's Charity Claims

Launched a big project last night on - months after Spartan Race came to Tampa, home of U.S. Special Operations Command, we checked their promises of charitable donations for local military non-profits.  The findings were not impressive in any sense of the word.

Worth five minutes of your viewing time, or 10 minutes of your reading time.

For-profit companies are well within their right to charge whatever they'd like and profit however they'd like.  But if they are going to make claims about charitable donations or economic claims, they should be able to back them up.

As a side note, the Competitor Group, which ran the ill-fated, but well-subsidized St. Pete Rock n Roll Half Marathon, failed to return numerous requests for how much their one remaining St. Pete half-marathon donated to charity.


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    1. Noah - Great reporting!

      Look on the bright side - at least the Glazers made somewhere between $29K and $58K on the event.

      "10 Investigates obtained the event contract with the Tampa Sports Authority through a public records request and found Spartan Race was limited in how many complex obstacles it could construct. It paid approximately $58,000 for use of the stadium on race weekend, the equivalent of $8-$10 per racer."