Guest Blogger Alec Blenis
This weekend, racers will return to Carolina Adventure World for the second running of the South Carolina Spartan Beast. If you ran this race in 2012, surely you remember moving through sandy river beds, up and down ravines, the lake swim… and who can forget the brutal barbed wire crawl at mile 12? All that and more awaits you on Saturday. While it may be at the same venue, this year’s race will have a very different feel than before.
Last October, many running the Carolina Beast were still recovering from the Vermont Beast and Ultra Beast just weeks earlier. With the race now in November, the top racers are strong and ready to take advantage of some of the “runnable” trails that this course has to offer. Not that this race is any easy one; with the exception of the World Championships, the South Carolina Beast was the slowest race of 2012. Top racers are expected to take two hours or more to complete the 13+ mile course.
Spartan Race never releases course details in advance, but I do have the inside scoop about one obstacle new to Carolina Adventure World: the cold. Race morning temperature is forecasted to be a chilly 39 degrees. Overnight temps in the low 30s will mean very cold water and increased difficulty for obstacles like the traverse wall and spear throw. I hope you’ve been practicing! Rumor has it that Hunter McIntyre has been practicing his spear throw while fully submerged in an icy lake. Look for him at the front of the pack on Saturday.
Also racing for the Spartan Pro Team are Elliott Megquier and Alec Blenis, each eager to start racking up points for the 2013 – 2014 season. Dennis Welch, distance runner and coach for the Endurance Project, will be there chasing his first Spartan podium after a strong finishes at Sprint distance races earlier this year.