Despite the blazing temperatures and the insane terrain that included seven trips up and down the mountains of Tuxedo Ridge, the 15,000 Spartans on-hand battled for the finish line. Most returning Spartans were in agreement that it was a much more difficult course than last year with steeper inclines and more difficult and technical run. The addition of some new obstacles including an inverted wall had Spartans scrambling.

The Spartan Pro team, which was announced last week, had some heavy hitters in attendance, and the first day of elite heats saw some familiar faces on the podium.

Top males were:
1. Patrick Grevelding 50:40
2. Randy Feeley 52:03
3. Elliot Megquier 52:08

Top three females included:
1. Melinda Branch 1:10:44
2. Lelya DiCori 1:12:45
3. Juliana Sproles 1:13:15

One of the larger teams in Tuxedo was Team Braveheart, a familiar crew on Spartan courses, who ran early on Saturday morning. The largest team was awarded to Team Unstoppable on Sunday morning. There was the inspirational Spartan Ilene Boyar took on the course with a team of 12 Sunday morning crossing the finish line seven and a half hours later. Ilene’s finish is monumental as she suffers from brittle bone disease and completed the course on crutches. There wasn’t a dry eye when she crossed the finish line.

We’re not done with you yet, Tuxedo. For the first time in Spartan history, we will be returning to Tuxedo Ridge for a second weekend of racing this Saturday, June 8th, thousands of Spartans will be descending on the venue for another shot at Spartan glory. Will you be there?

Get registered HERE.

 

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2 Responses

  1. avatar

    this was my first Spartan race and Tuxedo was amazing. the woods, the people and the obstacles made for one of the best outdoor adrenaline days of my life. It feels great to be a Spartan. I am registered for next years already and am also registered for Septembers NJ Super. AROO!!!

  2. avatar

    My 1st Spartan Race was memorable and satisfying. Being out of the military for a little over 13 years, it felt like I never left as soon as I hit the 1st obstacle. But my story is far less impressive than a fellow Spartan who live with MS. Read her story and how she battled the elements to complete her very 1st Spartan Race with pure grit and determination!! http://aquietmonster.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/this-is-sparta/

    Arooo!!!

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