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Spartan Race is an obstacle course racing series built for people who want to push themselves, conquer a challenge and have fun! With three lengths – Spartan Sprint (3+ miles, 15+ obstacles), Super Spartan (8+ miles, 18+ obstacles) and the Spartan Beast (13+ miles, 25+ obstacles), racers of all levels of fitness can participate. With workout and food programs to prepare you, Spartan Race isn’t so much about race day as it is about everyday. Come find out why hundreds of thousands of people proudly call themselves Spartans!
Richard Lee, one of the “Founding Few” of Spartan Race and race operator in the UK, was accepted into training to become a Royal Marine in a 2007 Young Officers batch. Due to injuries sustained during training, Richard was unable to complete his training, and thus was not eligible to join the ranks of the elite servicemen who wear the Green Beret and are known as Royal Marine Commandoes. Richard is often referred to as a Royal Marine or Royal Marine Commando in written works surrounding Spartan Race, and Spartan Race acknowledges having designed some of the obstacles used in our obstacle course race series based on input from Richard’s training to become a Royal Marine.
Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race, wishes to apologize for the misconception regarding Richard’s credentials. Spartan Race holds the highest regard for the men and women proudly serving their countries around the world. Many of them frequent our races, and they have been instrumental in shaping what Spartan Race aspires to be both on and off our race courses. Spartan Race regrets any implication that it would ever attempt to misappropriate what those in the military have worked so hard to earn, and is fully cooperating with the UK’s Ministry of Defense.
Further, Richard Lee apologizes for inaccuracies in the media regarding his British military service and for not more actively managing such references made to him as a Royal Marine or Royal Marine Commando. ”The truth is I entered into training to become a Royal Marine in a 2007 Young Officers batch, but due to injuries sustained during my training, I was unable to earn the proud distinction of Royal Marine. Those who serve in the military are truly our nation’s heroes, and it is certainly not my desire to dishonor them by claiming an unearned accomplishment.”
If you’re looking for even more reasons to do exercise regularly, check out the following list from US News & World Report that stresses some benefits of working out that you might not have thought about. Via their list:
1. Exercise Reduces the Harmful Effects of Stress: Studies prove that 30 minutes of exercise on a cross treadmill brings beneficial chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine into the brain. Additionally, a study by the University of California at San Francisco suggests that exercise could actually counteract the parts of aging process caused by stress.
2. It Could Help Prevent Depression: Doing exercise three times a week and burning 350 calories each time relieves depression about as effectively as anti-depressants.
3. It Helps With Learning: When you exercise, levels of brain chemicals called growth factors increase. A recent study shows that students performed better at cognitive tests after 10 minutes of exercise.
4. Exercise Increases Your Self-Esteem and Body Image: Even if you don’t radically change how you look, merely completing an exercise goal can lead to a more positive body image.
5. High Intensity Exercise Leads to Feelings of Euphoria: That urban legend of a “runner’s high” actually exists. If you run intensely for 30 minutes, then decrease your pace for five minutes before sprinting again, you will feel great for the rest of the day.
You’d have been forgiven for thinking you were not actually in sunny California, but perhaps Chicago, Detroit or somewhere not altogether unfamiliar with ice and below freezing temperatures.
With the typical Spartan Race rain on the Saturday and the malevolent grin of glinting frost and ice beckoning the competitors to the start line on Sunday, the elements had already conspired to make the competitors suffer.
With many regular faces descending on Malibu from all corners of the country, the all-too familiar feeling of a reunion in was in full force. However, once stepping over that start line, all friendships were put temporarily on hold. Tellingly, a water obstacle again proved to be the undoing of Hobie Call as he only briefly misjudged a plan of attack. This merest hint of a chance was something Hunter McIntyre exploited and punished by pushing past and snatching first place by only 33 seconds. Brakken Krakker took third place by crossing the line only just over a minute after Hobie, proving just how tight the men’s elite class is now. It seems as though every race is now a guarantee for a nervous and exciting fight for 1st place.
The female elites didn’t fail to add to the tension, either. Rose Wetzel (1st), Lauren Ho (2nd) and Tiffanie Novakovich were separated by only just over 3 minutes. The female elites are crashing through into 2014 with higher rates of training and motivation than ever before, so it was unsurprising that numbers into double figures were finishing faster than some male elite runners. Competition has never been fiercer!
Away from the professionals the Spartan Race inspiration machine was in full force. Travelling over 7 hours to make the event to represent the ever-present and all-conquering Weeple Army (taking their 8th biggest team win), Mathew Webb crushed the course despite having the “minor inconvenience” of having had no legs since being only 18 months old. Making jokes that the water in the lake was so cold that he couldn’t feel anything below the knee, he powered through failing only the spear throw.“Overcoming Obstacles” was led by Slosh Pipe champion Kevin Kierce. Containing competitors Michael Aygin, Brian Tom, Michael Yu, Durrell Johnson, James Mogana, Joel Senteno, (who are all hard of hearing or blind) and previous Spartan Race blog subject Misty Diaz who battles Spina Bifida, they all went through the course in a flurry of high-fives from well-wishers and a volley of “AROO!” chants. Accompanying Kevin was his 74 year old mother, Linda Barber. Together, this one group alone pushing the fact that there are simply no valid excuses.
Team SISU,led by Daren De Heras made multiple loops of the course over the weekend, choosing to continue their Death Race ethic by carrying logs, tires and wearing elevation masks in order to make “things more interesting”.
From Hollywood, actors Tony Besson – making his third Spartan Race appearance – and Josh Peck ran in a wave shortly before Eric Colley fromTMZ made his debut at the start line.
As 2014 winds down to a close, Texas will see thousands of Spartan descend on Glen Rose where host the last race of year. Spartan Race will see out 2013 with a Beast and the last chance to qualify for a Trifecta before the new season starts in January. Will you be one of them?
This Saturday and Sunday Spartan Race returns to Malibu California. Calamigos Ranch has hosted each year Spartan has come and never disappoints. The hills and water at the ranch lend for a muddy course year after year. To honor a three-year tradition, Mother Nature has promised cool temps and rain again this weekend, so don’t expect to bask in the Southern California sun.
Hobie Call will be in Malibu this weekend hoping to claim yet another Spartan victory. His son Hawk will also be racing this weekend, following in his father’s footsteps. Don’t expect Hobie to walk away too easily though. Several Spartan men are ready to challenge him. Spartan elites Matt Novakovich, Hunter McIntyre, Brakken Kraker, Elliot Megquier, and Miguel Medina are ready for the kill.
Miguel is traveling cross-country from his new home in Killington, Vermont where he spends his days training, hiking up and down Killington Mountain and trudging through freezing water. (He hopes to build himself a cabin for the winter before it’s too late to stay warm.) Other notable men include Spartan Pro Team Elites Chris Rutz, Tony Matesi,Chris Obertlik and Michael Tobin. Tobin will be making his Spartan debut.
Our Spartan elite woman will be ready to go this weekend. Ty Clark and Jenny Tobin will go head to head. While Alaska native Tiffanie Novakovich won’t be slightly bothered by the temperatures this weekend. Atlas Pro Team member Rose Wetzel Sinnett will make her second appearance at a Spartan Race. Don’t count out Irene Call. She just set the world record for lunging a mile, something that will
definitely give her an advantage on the steep hills. Andi Hardy will be there in all of her green glory ready to rock the barbed wire. Other notable athletes include Laura Messner and Danielle Ross.
Ross is ready to rock the slosh pipe and will be joining Weeple Army member Kevin Kierce to lead a heat for Weeples overcoming obstacles. That heat will consist of blind athletes, several deaf athletes, and Misty Diaz, a woman with Spina Bifida. Weeple Army and biggest team leader Dave Huckle will race both days after traveling around the world this year courtesy of Spartan Race and recently completing the Australia Ultra Beast. Dave will finish his season next weekend in Glen Rose Texas, rounding out 9 Trifectas!
Team SISU leader and Death Race veteran Daren De Heras is looking to break his own record of most laps by attempting 8 loops of the course weighted down with various logs, sledgehammers and other various weights. We wish him the best of luck!
Keep an eye out for the man in blue this weekend, Stephen Sinek and his talented wife Aeni will be there to debut their oceanic design from The Painted Warrior’s recent design contest. Whether you are looking to P.R., have a good time with your team, or run with a friend, you won’t want to miss the race this weekend.
See you in Malibu!
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Meet Keala Boncie Machin of Glenville, NY. She’s 6 years old, the only girl of 4 children, and in school, she’s quiet, not a fan of noise and commotion and is prone to bouts of shyness. Teachers will tell her parents that often she will sit in the corner of the class, coloring in books and keeping herself to herself. It could be argued she is your typical all-American little girl.
One day, she came home with a permission slip for a school talent show, expressing an interest in taking part. Surprised, her parents asked her what she wanted to perform, knowing that singing or dancing wouldn’t be something she would be at all interested in. She wanted to show her school what Spartan Race was all about. Her mother pointed out that dumping a truckload of mud in the school would not please the principal, so she decided that her act would be that of a Spartan Race workout she would design herself. Keala is a Spartan Racer.
The back story of this started when she witnessed her folks take part in an OCR that didn’t have a race for children. Her eyes widened and she knew that’s what she wanted to do. Her mother Rayn explains, “The first time she ran, it was as though she was born. Though she enjoys dressing up and wearing glitter, Keala does not fit into any sort of typology, but instead, finds comfort in areas which allow her to be herself. Though it would be easier for her to fit into a mold, Spartan Race is who she is, and who she is is beautiful.”
And so Keala embraced the lifestyle and threw herself into what the Spartan Race ideology is, she found a new kind of happiness. Not only does she do burpees alongside her mother, but helps out with her non-profit as Rayn explains, “I run a non-profit for children that have experienced extensive abuse and/or neglect, and those in at-risk situations. Spartan Race donates their entry fee so that we may teach these children that what they have endured, does not define who we are. It had not occurred to me that the same run may work with non-abused children, who may not fit into stereotypical demands, but may instead, flourish in situations not typical of their classmates”.
And Keala is a part of that. Rayn continues, “due to the economic downturn, Keala has, per her own desire, spent her out of school hours, helping children in emergency situations. She has given up her racing “career” (for a month or two), until we can raise money to get them to a Spartan Race.”
And it’s all too evident when you see Keala when she is at her happiest – working out – that Spartan Race is a very important part of her life. When asked what Spartan Race has done for her, she points out, “They helped me….like cheering…they gave us a medal….Momma cheered, Dada took pictures…the other people say yay…they are nice…they are kind. I was happy in school and it was a great time, but everyone is loud. Everybody is really noisy they are just all loud. They always be like that, there is a lot of talking. I am the only one who is quiet. I am not shy at Spartan Race”.
And why is this? “Because the people are nice…they smile….they like me for me, and I like them.”
What do you worry about in school? “Sometimes I am kind of like bad at coloring and my class is a loud class….at Spartan Race, they have nice people….they like me even if I can’t color good….”
Why do you do this? “Cause it’s fun…they keep cheering at all the people…they give people high fives”
Is there any one person you remember from a Spartan Race? “Kim (McDonald; she was a volunteer at Tuxedo). She is kind. She gave us medals. They are cool. She likes kids. I like her.”
And so on the day of the talent show, Keala did exactly what she wanted to do. Something she would be comfortable with. Rayn smiles, “She performed without pretending she isn’t comfortable. She did exactly what she wanted to and knew that no matter what her classmates said, Spartan Race and its athletes would be behind her”.
Since they had been learning about the environment in school, she decided to do a Spartan Green Workout, using only items that were already around the house. A school bus tire that was used as a swing was recycled , a length of 2×4 from a building project was utilised and a piece of wood that had been cut from a stump would be used for flipping.
Letting her younger brother introduce what she was about to do, she prepared, came out and being careful not to scratch the auditorium stage, Keala went through her workout to a stunned audience of open-mouthed teachers and students.
Pausing only to take a bow, Keala bounced off the stage to cheers and applause.
When asked how Spartan Races and training makes her feel, see briefly ponders, “Well…it was fun to go in the mud”, then smiling cheekily, “and I do burpees better than Mom”.
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See you at the finish line…
In my last post, I said that you should get up early regardless of whether you work out or use the extra morning time to do other things. In this post, I’m going to give you ten reasons why you should use this time to work out. If any Spartans out there want to add on to this list, please leave a comment below!
You guarantee yourself that you work out. If you wake up at 5:30 every morning, you could be at the gym or outside on a run by 5:45. By 6:45, you’re done with the day’s workout. By making physical exercise the first task of your day, you give it your number one priority slot. If you plan to work out at lunchtime, or after work, you are taking a huge risk that any number of a things will happen:
You’ll be asked to do another task that seems more important because it is important to your boss or your client or your family, and you have to put it as a higher priority than your workout.
You’ll get tired and won’t have the energy to work out.
You’ll be in a bad mood because so much BS has happened during the day that you won’t want to work out. Negative energy is contagious–once you build resentment at things that happen to you during the day, the last thing the negativity wants is for you to dispel it with a satisfying workout.
You will experience increased focus and general clarity during the rest of the day.
You will be less likely to rely on external stimulants like coffee and sweets to get things done.
Your physical immune system will be strengthened, and you will be more likely to overcome any external toxins you are exposed to during the day.
Your emotional immune system will be strengthened, and you’ll be more likely to process and release stressful experiences during the day rather than store them in your body as muscle tension and stiffness.
Since you’re more in tune with your body, you will be more likely to eat healthfully and in accordance with your natural appetite during the day.
You actually enjoy your workout more in the morning because your head is clear. You might feel foggy when you first wake up, but as soon as the fog lifts, you are in workout mode, not distracted by things that have happened during the day.
Increased focus during the workout leads naturally to increased intensity.
You will sleep better. Because you’re waking up earlier, you will fall asleep much easier than you did before. Your body will be exhausted from the workout, so you’ll know when it’s time to go to bed. By contrast, exercise in the afternoon or early evening energizes you and keeps you awake later at night.
And the number one reason you should work out during the morning?
Actions speak louder than words, especially for Spartans. This means that working out every morning, before you do anything else, gives your body a very specific message:
I am strong, I am alive, I am a fighter.
By making physical fitness your first priority each day, it becomes your first priority during the rest of the day as well.