by Cody Moat, Spartan Pro Team
Reebok Spartan race is coming to the mountains of Utah for the first Beast of the 2013 season. The venue comes to Soldier Hollow near Midway, Utah, located at the base of the Wasatch mountains. In 2002, Soldier Hollow was home to the Winter Olympics. And now is home to one of the toughest races you’ll find in the United States, The Utah Spartan Beast. Spartan racers be ready for a tough 13 + mile course with 30+ obstacles at an elevation of over 5,000 feet. This course is not for the faint of heart.
On the men’s side we have last years champion Hobie Call returning and looking to repeat as champion. I (Cody Moat) placed 2nd last year behind Hobie and am looking to better last years performance with a 1st place finish. But this is not all on the men’s side. Rumor has it Hunter McIntyre with be in Utah hungry for blood. Also looking for gold are the following Spartan elite athletes- Elliot Meguier, Rob Michaud, Joey Patrolia, Christopher Rutz, Rick Kraics, Paul Buijs, Joseph Kauder, Kevin Donoghue, Larry Jannotti, David Tathum
The women’s field should also be very interesting with favorite April Luu who has looked strong all year. Also strong women elites who are looking to win gold are Utah’s very own Tyann Clark and Margaret Schlachter. Other elite women coming to this year’s beast are: Ang Young Reynolds and Andi Hardy.
Joining the women is Winter Vinecki, the youngest person to complete a marathon on Antartica and seasoned distance athlete by the age of 13. Also an ambitious young triathlete, Vinecki has been racing since the age of five, and by the age of nine, she found herself competing in an Olympic Distance triathlon; a distance usually reserved for adult triathletes. She runs in support of her foundation, Team Winter, an organization committed to fighting the aggressive prostate cancer that took her father from her when she was just nine. To date, Team Winter has raised over $400,000 in support of prostate cancer awareness.
If you are looking for some excitement this weekend come and participate or volunteer at the clash of the Spartans Utah Beast. You will not be disappointed. Who will be standing at the finish line? Come to Utah and see for yourself!
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[Editor's Note: Author Cody Moat from Fillmore, Utah, began his Spartan journey here at the Utah Beast in 2012. Some highlights of his 2012 season were World Spartan points winner and Spartan World Champion. He is looking to build upon these performances in 2013 and is excited to complete one full year of Spartan racing.]