by Chris Rutz, Elite Spartan Athlete

Eric Matta

Reebok Spartan Racing is heading to the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC. This weekend’s Sprint race will take place both Saturday and Sunday. Over 10,000 athletes are scheduled to be there. The weather forecast is calling rain and cool temperatures but the Spartan’s will be ready.

On the men’s side look for Alec Blenis who finished second in Georgia two weeks ago. He has his that #1 position in his mind. Looking to battle him for it and a spot on the podium are other perennial top Spartan Racers David Magida and David Chandler. Also making their 2013 Spartan Race debut are Eric Matta and David Mick.

Speaking of David Mick. David has invited his running coach, Dennis Welch, to join him in the elite heat. They each just completed the Shamrock Marathon this past weekend. David ran a 3:03 and his coach, ran a 2:56. They met when David joined the Hampton Roads Runners, both started running as a way to lose some weight and get in shape. They are now lining up together on the Elite wave at the Spartan Race.

Dennis is excited about the Spartan Race “David extended the challenge of competing in a Spartan Race and I accepted. I

David Mick

really am eager to see not only how I can do, but I have been wanting to see David in action as well.” He went on to say, ”I am most excited to see how I can do in these types of races, how my running and strength combination will fare against some of the best athletes in the country. I know I can continue to improve as I go, but I am very eager to see how that first race is going to go.” Look for Dennis and David at the start line.

For the women, top Spartan Racers Ella Anne Kociuba and Hannah Orders, will be making a run for the top spot. These are two great runners with the strength, speed and determination to make it to the podium in Charlotte.

Stay tuned to find out who makes it to the top!

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