By Tony Matesi

FORT CARSON – SPARTAN MILITARY SPRINT

 There is no better place than one of the most well known Army bases in the nation to host our Spartan Race Military Sprint. Named in honor of legendary Army scout, General Christopher “Kit” Carson, who explored much of the West in the 1800s, Camp Carson was established in 1942 and Fort Carson was changed from Camp Carson in 1954. Fort Carson’s beautiful scenery has made it one of the most requested duty stations in the U.S. Army with Pikes Peak right there in it’s backyard. This venue is one you do not want to miss with all its natural beauty and history. Ft. Carson is a destination fit for an incredible adventure on and off the course.  

Fort Carson sits on a 137,000-acre (550 km2) installation just 40 miles north of Pueblo, Colorado in Pueblo County.  Given the nature of this being a military base naturally, there is a lot of history here. Did you know, more than 125 units were activated at Camp Carson and more than 100 others were transferred to the Mountain post from other installations. Nurses, cooks, mule packers, tank battalions, a Greek infantry battalion, and an Italian ordinance company trained at Camp Carson during the war years. There’s a lot of history at Ft. Carson military base so take it all in.

 OH, THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS WEATHER

Colorado is one of those less than predictable venues this time of year. Last year we saw everyone hanging around the festival area enjoying the warm sun on Saturday but come Sunday it was a sea of silvery foil blankets everywhere. Remember, Spartans show up prepared for anything and everything! Keep in mind when you are packing for this adventure, the average first weekend of May in Fort Carson can range from a high of 66 to a low of 39 with a record high of 86° and record low of 17°. With that in mind be sure to bring some cold weather gear – long sleeve compression shirts and compression pants – as well as some warm weather gear so you have your bases covered. Don’t forget to bring a towel for the showers, no matter what that water will be cold. Also be sure to have some spare warm clothes so you can take advantage of the food, fun, and challenges in the festival area after the race. 

 LODGING

If you’re looking for a place to stay near Fort Carson don’t worry we’ve got you covered. There are a bunch of great hotels nearby in Colorado Springs including the DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado SpringsFairfield Inn & Suites Colorado Springs South, La Quinta Inn & Suites Colorado Springs South AP, or the Hampton Inn & Suites Colorado Springs/I-25 South all of which are under six miles away from the venue.

TONIGHT WE DINE IN

If you’re looking for some grub in the area you are in luck, we’ve gone ahead and taken care of searching Yelp for you and found the best spots to crave that Spartan appetite you’ve built up on race weekend. For those looking to get a handle on their raw fish fix you can check out Sushi o Sushi or Sushi Ai located outside Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. If Pad Thai or Pad See-ew is more your thing head over to NaRai Thai or Thai Satay. Have more of a southern, BBQ appetite? Check out Colorado Smokehouse in Fountain, CO, just don’t forget to order your veggies with all those delicious meats they serve. Maybe you are looking for some Schnitzel? Be sure to check out the Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs. Or perhaps you just want some good ol’ American cuisine, look no further than a local favorite, Shuga’s, where you’ll be sure to find something to fill that Spartan appetite of yours.

THERE’S SO MUCH ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES

Looking for something to do with the whole family after the Spartan Race in Fort Carson? How about a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo with over 200 species of animals sitting at an elevation of 6,800 feet. You can stop in for an hour or two for a wildly good time and you can even feed the giraffes from your bare hand! They even offer a sky lift that takes you to the top of Cheyenne Mountain, but we know you Spartans will probably insist on climbing to the top yourself to catch the magnificent sunset.

Garden Of The Gods Colorado

If you’re looking for other outdoorsy activities in the area don’t miss out on the Garden of the Gods also located in the Colorado Springs area. Where else can you catch such dramatic views of 300′ towering sandstone rock formations with a majestic backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and beautiful baby blue skies.

Colorado is a wonderland of outdoor actives so don’t forget to check out these other hot spots, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, Helen Hunt Falls, Palmer Park or America the Beautiful Park. No matter where you end up you are sure to find a place to capture some epic moments with your crew. Don’t forget to tag us in all those Instagram shots, #SpartanRace.

Sign up at Spartanrace.com for the Ft. Carson Military Sprint. We look forward to seeing you in Colorado!

Credits: jdpoyda.blogspot.com,  army.mil, samanthakrieger.blogspot.com

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