Document Type



The Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

Publication Date



Leisure Studies | Tourism and Travel


This study was conducted for the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitor Bureau to provide insight into the characteristics of attendees of the 2015 Spartan Race. Paper surveys on site were completed by 423 attendees and/or participants of the event. Results show that 53% of respondents were registered participants of the event while 47% were spectators. Residents of Montana made up 48% of the respondents and of those Montana residents, 39% were from Flathead County. Out-of-county respondents spent an average of 3.43 nights away from home. Of those nights, an average of 3.41 nights were in Montana and 1.30 nights (on average) were in Kalispell. Hotel/motel/bed & breakfast/rental home purchases received the highest total dollars spent during the event. Respondents to the survey reported total spending of $159,278.00 in Flathead County. Results provide event organizers and the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitor Bureau with useful data for future event planning, making improvements to the event, event marketing/promotion, and understanding the visitor spending associated with the event.


Survey kit, Flathead County, Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, Spartan Race, special events, resident, nonresident, visitor spending, tourism characteristics