by Carrie Adams

555556_10150665851861861_251061411860_9829389_460044765_nFor the first time ever, Spartan Race offered a primal version of our race in Indiana coined the Founder’s Race and featuring a stripped down, raw encounter with Spartan elements.  Kicked off with a cannon blast, it was anything but typical even by Spartan standards.  Designed by Spartan Founders and engaging the athlete’s in the primal terrain, it proved to be one of our toughest courses to date.  70% of the participants can call themselves finishers.  Here is what people are saying about the Founder’s Race Indiana.

It was my 3rd Spartan Sprint. Will be doing more!!! This was by far the most “Raw”580295_10150665851906861_251061411860_9829390_417070038_n course out there. No fancy obstacles mainly what was already out there in nature or modified with a tractor/backhoe etc……AROO!!!!

Second Spartan Race and Third Obstacle Course race.  This made all others seem like the teacup ride at Disney.

After this, I can’t wait to see what waits in Colorado! 

This was my first race of any type and I am so glad I did it. Butterflies in my stomach leading up to this race almost made me back out. So very glad I didn’t. I will definitely be doing more of these types of races and every SR that comes to the area! 

First race. Will do more. Race was a blast but all the people involved made it. All around friendliness and support was amazing.

538561_10150665851966861_251061411860_9829392_1575634716_nAtmosphere was great, the staff was extremely supportive, hilarious, and downright insane at times. I liked how a lot of obstacles forced you to work as a team, the cannon for a starting gun was a plus, and I liked how their were not a huge amount of bottlenecks during the race.

My third this year by far the hardest you guys did great!

First race, the feeling of family, helping, cheering made the race, of course I hated the barb wire part I now know I wasn’t as ready as I thought I was, doing the Chicago super now!

This is what I say when I encourage people to come to Spartan Race: You train and578929_10150665854986861_251061411860_9829469_1617895391_n run and lift and put yourself through workouts that no couch potato would ever attempt. Now what have you done to set YOUR STANDARD? What is your benchmark of your achievement? Mine is Spartan Race. Those of you posting above, the rookies, newbs, whatever you call yourselves, have set your mark HIGH. As I shouted out to the Spartans in my heat when I went through the first barbed wire crawl, a paraphrase quote from 300 “To this challenge, give NOTHING, but take from it EVERYTHING!”

My first of any sort also, and not only am I doing another (Palmerton in July) I’m taking the better half along with me for her very first also.

My 16-year old ran her first race yesterday and by the time we were headed to the car she had changed from “I don’t think I will ever do one again” to “I will do another one, but will wear something different.” It’s contagious!

My daughter can’t wait to be old enough to do the “real” race. She ran her first junior and did the entire mile, but most of it was with one shoe! She said she could do without it and the course could keep it.

536398_10150665855526861_251061411860_9829480_1612557632_nThroughout the entire race (and I was on the course more than 4 hours) everyone worked together and encouraged each other and I do mean EVERYONE. I can’t tell you the number of times that other Spartan racers made the difference in whether or not I got through an obstacle. I am simply in awe of how great this race was!

I know that my group sacrificed our finish time in order to spend time holding the nets for people and to chat along the way. I don’t care how long I was out there. I was just happy to be doing it with my family and friends!

My husband and four of our friends were with me too and we helped others out along the way but there were a couple obstacles that I needed additional assistance. Example: the 2nd cargo net, a woman stayed at the top encouraging me until I crossed over. Another was on a steep hill climb, I was near the top but struggling and two young Spartans each took a hand and basically pulled me to the top. This was just way too cool and a great lesson for me in learning to accept help too! This is why I will do another Spartan and believe me there were times I asked myself, “What the hell am I doing our here?” I knew when I crossed the finish line!

148918_10150665856461861_251061411860_9829499_859343158_nIt was my first, had a great time and not in too much pain today. I’m already signed up for the Midwest in Oct. Can’t wait!

So many people have mentioned the teamwork and the willingness of so many to sacrifice individual times to help others…I spent my fair share of time holding nets and pulling people up hills or out of the mud pits too and I think that was my absolute favorite part. It was awesome to see how people who were otherwise complete strangers in most cases were so ready and willing to extend that hand and help someone out. I’m already signed up for next years and so are a couple of my friends with more planning to do so tonight or tomorrow. We’re hooked!

This was my first OCR / mud run ever, plus I did the HH the night before, and I thought it was totally bad ass. Signing up for Midwest Super and Indiana 2013 tonight!

564319_10150665855991861_251061411860_9829491_1102842321_nI’m signed up for the Midwest Super on October 27th!

Yesterday was my first. June 2, 2007 my platoon was ambushed in Afghanistan and my legs were severally mangled. I have never had them tested in this capacity since that day. I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t have been tested any better and I’ll be back!

It was my first and far from last! Already signed up for next years with my girlfriend. Also going to sign up for the mid west super sprint. It was a great event well put on and run. The HH was a blast they did a great job pushing us. If this was a “bare bones” Spartan, I can’t wait to see the full on event! Maybe then they will have the spear throw and the gauntlet to run through.

Well, I’ve ran a couple of Spartan Races in my days, and I have got to say that this was a great race, especially considering the lack of some of the more traditional obstacles. The terrain was absolutely awesome, and you did a great job of putting it to use. I liked how there were two rope climbs and log carries. Kept it challenging, but don’t think it felt the least bit redundant. The barbed wire crawl was awesome. Breaking it up like you did made it much more challenging mentally and physically than it would have been if you would have just made it one long stretch. Personally, I think the race had all it needed to be a great event, and would rank it in the top three of hardest “Sprints” to date.

My first and it was awesome. I loved the barbed wire. I need to perfect my rope climb. I533446_10150665856981861_251061411860_9829511_894262425_n think the terrain was the best character in this obstacle course. Some of those ravines and gullies were brutal. I feel like there was a really important mental part of it to, just when you thought you were thinking you were in the last leg, there was another hill to climb stepper than the last. Aroo!

If you made it from start to finish, I don’t care how long it took you, if you stayed in the game and came out the other side. There is not any Spartan Race you can not do! I know I’ve done sprints, supers and the Beast. If you got through the founders race you can do them all!

For the distance…one of the toughest.

This was my first Spartan Race but not my first Obstacle Course Race I have done 2 Warrior Dash’s and a Farmathalon and this was by far harder than the 3 of those put together. One of those was on a ski resort so it was literally on the side of a mountain. The total distance was about 10.1 miles for all 3 and total time of about 127 minutes. My time Saturday was 123 minutes for the 4.3 miles!!! That’s pretty crazy. Definitely feel a little pride for completing this one.

This was my 3rd Spartan Sprint and by far the hardest! It didn’t have all the staple obstacles but I liked the change up. It was challenging and ultimately that’s what most people want, no matter what the challenge is. I LOVED the extra three feet of barbed wire around the corner, it was such a mind screw lol. And the team spirit was everywhere!! great to see strangers working together. And will I do another??? I’m doing 5 more this year AROOOOOOO!!!

The barbed wire was great! My group was fortunately narrow enough in the hips and shoulders to roll through parts of it – work smarter not harder, right? I loved all of the mud pits but my favorite was the pond swim because it caught people off guard.

I was going to hold back my two cents but I’ll toss it in. This course was a monster! I really love Spartan Race and can comfortably say I have an idea of what obstacles I will encounter. This course destroyed any other I have been to! You may not have climbed a wall, balanced a board, moved over the ninja wall or even thrown a spear, and I hear that. Let me tell you, no one but you who showed on Saturday will ever do what you did. Anybody can do the standard Spartan obstacles anywhere, some people have them in you back yard to train. No you guys had the most grueling, spirit draining, ego deflating, humility building course I have ever done or even seen. And on top of it all it was freezing! I personally say to each and every one of you who completed the course to register for the Beast in VT! If you did this four miles you can do the Beast. If this course didn’t break your spirit right in the beginning at the Devil’s Backbone, or that barbed wire, or those damn hay bails that just seemed to keep coming with water on either side. If you dragged your self out of those mud pits and climbed those cargo nets. Nothing can stop you!

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    Just signed up for the vernon, nj event – Can you tell me more about the kids version of this for my child
    How many obstacles, how many miles?

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    Thank you for collecting these posts. I was somewhat disappointed with my personal time, knowing I could have shaved a minute here or there on the obstacles, or pushed myself harder through that damn barbed wire or running in the open terrain. Reading this helped give me a better perspective of what I did accomplish in Indiana. Hats off to Nathan and the founders for the huge measuring stick!

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    The race was very exciting and I had a great time. My only regret was that I didn’t finish the race but I hope to try out next time if possible.

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    Ya, what can I say, we run shit in the obstacle course business and don’t forget it! You ain’t seen nothing yet! Bere bringing our A game, so bring yours! Get at me fools!

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    Can anyone tell me what is the pattern depicted on the back of the Spartan Finishers Medal?

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    I used vibram five fingers for the Indiana Spartan sprint and they were terrible….does anyone have a recommendation through experience for the perfect shoe in those conditions? I heard of a few Spartans wearing spikes, but haven’t heard anything about them. I need something more dependable next year as I took a spell and hit my head early on in the race and feared the loss of traction in the equation. Much like I hate enclosed spaces and being confined. Thanks and see you in INDIANA next year.

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      I wore Five Fingers for the Indiana Race and didn’t have any problems. I actually thought it was a bit of an advantage. My shoes didn’t add water weight or get stuck in the mud. How old was the pair you wore? Was the tread worn?

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      Doug, I also wore the vibrams for this race. I did think they gave me an advantage in 2 places: 1) when knee deep in the thick mud it was easier to pull my feet out and not lose my shoes; 2) walking across the logs towards the end without losing my footing; 3) they didn’t hold water and get heavy after going through the lakes. They weren’t great at going down the steep muddy ravines. Trail shoes might have been better there.

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      I used Ino8′s Flite 230′s. They were almost TOO good. They didn’t hold water at all and in the lake seemed to almost work as flippers in the water giving you a nice spert of speed. Very light, and seemed to wrap around the rocks and keep footing. I fell only once and that’s because of a cramp in my thigh near the end where you had to run and jump over the two pits back to back. I made it across but lost footing as soon as I landed on the other side of the second jump due to my cramp. The downfall of these shoes were when everyone else would kneel down to slide on their feet down a sloop, I could not. they had TOO much traction and it made me look like and idiot as I tried lol. I recommend these for the shorter Spartan Races.

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    Totally felt like Katniss from the Hunger Games going through the Iniana terrain-
    However, the firing was the cannons were a little concerning (you have to read or see the movie to get that reference, I dont want to ruin it for you)

    What an amazing physical and mental challenge- already signed up for next year- just in time for all my bruises, rope burns and scrapes to be healed- I am proud of every one of them!!!

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    I drove 4 hours to get to this race. I really didn’t know what I had gotten into until I stopped to pump gas near Laurel, IN. It was COLD. And WET. It took me 3 hours and energy reserves I didn’t know I had. I’m not sure how I crossed the finish line, but I did. I agree with all of the comments, I didn’t start with a team, but had several people helping me and cheering me on. Already signed up for next year. Thanks for pushing it out to June!!

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    My First Spartan race loved every minute of it can’t wait to do it over and over again…the payoffs keep coming as well, my normal trail run times, while training, have consistently been shaved by a full minute plus per mile…Thank you Spartan race and confed spartan for insisting on this race…May see you in South Carolina in Oct (thanks to my brother finding Sparta and challenging/encouraging me to do them too, off to train so I can to finish the beast with him in Oct)

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    This was my first race and I did it with my 19 year old son, which made it even more special. I could not have finished without him being there. My wife took pictures at many of the obstacles and her first comment after the race was about the encouragement and teamwork she saw among everyone in the race. There was no other way to get out of some of those mud pits without working as a team. So, just wanted to say thanks to all. I am looking forward to next year already!!

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