by Carrie Adams
10,000 competitors and spectators from across the U.S. and several foreign countries representing every walk of life, age and stage and varying degrees of athletic abilities converged on Mountain Creek Waterpark (200 Route 94, Vernon, N.J.) to tackle the Super Spartan 8-mile obstacle race, presented by Dial For Men and Gaspari Nutrition on Sat., September 8 and Sun., September 9, 2012.
This race was hardly normal even in the Spartan world. The theme seemed to be hills and water – the water coming by way of the course and the skies! In the week leading up to the race, there were several bear sightings by the build crew and as the race edged closer, the weather reports indicated that it would be a story weekend of races. Let’s talk about the course itself… 11 miles long and with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain over the grueling course it was not for the faint of heart. Touted as one of our most challenging Supers of all time, the course spanned three mountains, the fastest time of the weekend clocking in at 1:47. That’s almost 10 minutes per mile indicating the course difficulty.
Our friends at Gaspari Nutrition were on-hand in a big way. Coming with their Team Gaspari Braveheart crew, of over 77 individuals they represented one of the largest teams of the year at a Spartan Race. We told you about their story in a blog post last week leading up to the race. Gaspari has been a sponsorship partner for Spartan Race throughout 2012 and Official Gaspari Nutrition® has handed out over 50,000 FREE drawstring mesh bags to our racers throughout the year with samples of their products. We’ll have more on them later this week!
Jim Miller, UFC fighter and Sparta, New Jersey native who we told you about last week in this post, also made an appearance at the epic race. He competed with the 10 A.M. heat and taking on all eleven miles with a smile and a sense of humor, even joking on Twitter about taking the infamous 24 foot cliff dive instead of burpees! The cliff dive was a notable part of the course this year.
There was another Spartan first, a “Tornado delay” brought by a massive storm system in the Northeast. The tornado inducing storms struck Saturday, forcing some of the racers in later heats to leave the course early, one obstacle Spartan Races did NOT plan. Despite the wild weather, what is being called a mini-Beast course, as well as the bear sightings, the 3,000 feet of elevation, and the 24″ free fall into a waiting pool, the Spartan Race was deemed a huge success.
Huge thank you to our brave and awesome volunteers! We can’t put on our races without you! Also, a big thanks to our other sponsors for the Tri-State Super: Air National Guard, Inov8, Newton Medical Center, Franklin Sussex Auto Mall & Dodge RAM, Zico, and Body Armor.
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Photos from Race Day? Here are two FB photo albums.
Super Spartan Tri-State: Saturday Race Day
Super Spartan Tri-State: Sunday Race Day
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