by Elliot Megquier, Spartan Pro Team
After rain hit Massachusetts for much of Friday, I expected similar weather to 2011 when Hurricane Irene hit Amesbury and the ever popular Hurricane Heat. However, when I awoke Saturday morning for the race the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. The course was a fast course starting midway up the hill and running briefly up through the woods towards a big opening. Then back to running through trails in the woods until racers came across the first ever Gamble. You had the option of running a hilly, technical route to the left which was 0.2 miles or you could go to the left and run 0.3 miles on a faster, less hilly route.
On Saturday I went left, but on Sunday I decided to go right. I would have to say the technical route was faster, but I was glad to go the more gradual route on Sunday due to tired legs. Both days on the men’s side the race was decided at the sand bag carry where racers had to scale the hill top to bottom with their respective sandbag. Another obstacle the factored in greatly was the spear throw. Out of the first three male racers to reach the spear on Saturday two missed it. Junyong Pak was battling Andrew Hostetler neck and neck when Andrew missed the target. I, (Elliott Megquier) came to the obstacle and saw an opportunity to take second, but missed it as well. Kevin Donoghue who went on to finish second hit his spear passing Hostetler and Megquier to claim his first ever runner up finish. Pak defended his 2012 Massachusetts Sprint title and Hostetler claimed third for the third year in a row. On the women’s side Orla Walsh finished first beating Karlee Whipple by a mere 16 seconds and third place finisher Laura Messner by only 24 seconds.
Sunday was another gorgeous day for racing. On the men’s side Elliott Megquier defended his Sunday Massachusetts title besting the Canadian challenger Benjamin Morin Boucher (racing in the US for the first time) who came in winning 9 races in a row in Canada including four in which he beat Megquier. Dennis Smith rounded out the top three. On the women’s side Laura Messner won her first Spartan Race wrapping up a successful weekend. Shaun Provost came in second and Karlee Whipple finished third. One highlight to see on Sunday was watching Kevin Donoghue, Saturday’s second place finisher run a lap in a diaper for losing a bet to Laura Messner on whether the Yankees would beat the Red Sox.
Sign up now as the Reebok Spartan Race returns in 2014 to Amesbury yet another year! This was my third year doing the race in Amesbury and it has improved every year so I would not wait and risk missing out on all the fun to be had. This year almost 12,000 people conquered the course between the two days, let’s shatter that number for next year! Aroo, Aroo, Aroo!!!
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