The Reebok Spartan Race Arizona Sprint kicks off a new program with some of the best Spartan Racers in the sport of obstacle racing. It is called the Reebok Spartan Race Invite Series. We have asked our top racers to invite someone to run a Spartan Race with them. The top Spartan Racer will host someone they have been trying to get into Spartan Racing. It may be their best friend, their wife, their son, their coach or anyone who can coerce and invitation out of them. It just has to be someone that has never done a Spartan Race.
The Series kicks off with our very own Christopher Rutz and one of his coaches from CrossFit480, Brian Gubernick. They will be running in the 11AM wave on Saturday morning.
Christopher Rutz finished the 2012 Spartan Race Points Series in 4th Place overall. In 2012 he raced 24 Spartan Races. He is kicking off the 2013 race year with the Arizona Spartan Sprint.
We asked Brian a few questions about Christopher and Spartan Racing:
How do you know Christopher?
Christopher has been training at my CrossFit gym, CrossFit 480, for the past year or so. I like to try to get to know our members on a personal level and, in learning more about Christopher, discovered his passion for obstacle racing…a world pretty foreign to me.
What is your athletic background?
Growing up, I played baseball and football, and I later played football in college. Post-college I have tried to remain active, and I enjoy competitive sports, events, etc. I have run a couple of marathons but quickly learned distance running was not all that appealing to me! I started CrossFitting about 4 years ago and love it. When life/time permits, I firmly believe in “testing” my level of fitness – whether that be in some sort of CrossFit competition, hike, or competitive event of some sort.
Why did you say yes when you were invited to race?
It was a no brainer for me…I have never tried something like this, the race is relatively short, and the obstacles pose a really cool, unique challenge that I am excited conquer.
What are you most excited about?
Trying something new…and being nervous about it since I have no real clue what to expect. I like the adrenaline rush…
What are you most worried about?
Getting lapped by Christopher “The Caveman” Rutz.
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[Editor's Note: Chris Rutz is a regular on our Spartan Race series. Follow him @ToughRutz on Twitter and Tough Training on Facebook.]