Written By Pro Team member Glenn Racz

The Colorado Military Sprint at Fort Carson Army Base delivered another solid race weekend for over 8,000 participants.  This Military Sprint adds various different elements as compared to other Spartan races such as the increased amount of obstacles (25+) packed into the Sprint distance of about 4.5 miles and the nose-bleed elevation of over 6,000 feet.  These two aspects of the race proved to be a challenge to all competitors in the race.  The stakes were high on this race as this was one of the Navy Federal Credit Union $7,500 prize purse races – which helped to pull in some of the most hardcore obstacle racers from around the country.

The race conditions were ideal with moderate temperatures throughout the weekend.  However, the temperature was the only moderate feature in this race as once the racers took to the course, they all very quickly realized that this race would truly test how one could manage the extremely “obstacle dense” course along with the short, yet steep hills scattered throughout the course.

For the elite men on Saturday, Pro Team athletes Brakken Kraker and Glenn Racz took an early lead by mile 1, but Glenn Racz soon fell back behind Matt Novakovich and Chad Trammell after the Atlas Carry.  Half way through the race, recent Boston Marathon finisher, Brian Gowiski joined the lead pack.  Then after the ruck sack carry, Chad Trammell powered by Matt Novakovich to take and hold the lead to emerge the victor and take his first 1st place finish for a Saturday race.  But just 14 seconds behind Chad was Brakken Kraker and Matt Novakovich “The Bear” as they battled it out though the final 7 obstacles all stacked up before the finish line to give the spectators a great show with only 3 seconds separating them.  Athletes Brian Gowiski and Isaiah Vidal came in a noteworthy fourth and fifth place.  Then on Sunday, Matt Novakovich wasn’t allowed an easy victory with Isaiah Vidal just 3 seconds behind him for another exciting finish.  Pro Team athlete Elliott Megquier held off Brian Hoover in the final obstacles to take a 3rd place podium finish.

With so many close finishes happening now, it’s clear that the courses on the circuit are highlighting the need for good, all-round training. While some may blitz obstacles and others build leads with running, regular podium placings and good times are now reflected in the fact that working all aspects of the body are clearly yielding better results. The days in which relying on running would see you through are starting to disappear.

The women’s elite Saturday race proved to be just as much of a nail-biter since race came down to the spear throw – which was missed by front runner and returning champion April Dee which allowed competitors KK Paul and Orla Walsh to overtake her for 1st and 2nd place.  April Dee took 3rd place for the Saturday race but then came back Sunday to take 1st among elite women. These 3 women were the only female competitors to complete the course in under 1 hour – a reflection of just how difficult the course was this year. With each year that passes, it seems Fort Carson ups the ante a little more. Looking forward, it makes for a brutal prospect in 2015.

As ever, Spartan Race would like to thank Reebok, Core PowerClif Builder BarsEco VesselSpartanUP! Graphix and Spartan SGX.

Of course huge thanks go out to all the staff at Fort Carson for their help and support for making the Colorado Sprint as epic as ever.

Sign up for the next Spartan Race here and you’ll understand what it means to “know at the finish line”.

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Littering and….littering and…littering…and stop littering the Spartan Festival Area!

Every Spartan Race is a big event, with nearly 10,000 people showing up throughout the weekend we understand that a lot of trash is going to accumulate. We as Spartans do our best to make sure the course, the festival and everything in between creates a stellar experience for all of our guests. Do you know what makes for a less than desirable experience? Having to pick up the trash of others.

If you’ve ever volunteered at a Spartan Race, then you know that we have people who are out there volunteering their time. These are a select few of the most caring, non-complaining people you will find that will spend their days walking around the festival area picking up YOUR trash. Stop it! Stop littering. You are better than this.

When there are trash receptacles positioned all throughout the festival area there is absolutely no reason why someone should walk around and find a piece of trash lying on the ground not even twenty feet away from the nearest trash bin. You know what we call that. LAZY. Yeah, I said it. You, who dropped your Clif Builder’s Bar wrapper by the merchandise tent, you’re lazy. You, who didn’t take the time to walk an extra thirty feet to throw out your timing chip baggie, you’re lazy. You, who couldn’t afford the extra twenty-five seconds to mosey on over to the nearest garbage to toss away that empty bottle of Core Power, you are LAZY. It doesn’t stop in the festival either, it happens on the course too. We’ve discussed trail etiquette before but with so many new Spartans showing up at every race perhaps it’s time we revisit the topic. Whatever you bring with you onto the course, you clearly had a place to stash it, that means when you’ve finished sucking down that gel packet, or devouring your scrumptious energy chews and all you are left with is an empty wrapper do the right thing and put it back in your pocket, your camelback or where ever it is your were storing it before you ate it. If you can bring it with you on the course, you can take it right back off the course. Stop being lazy and SPARTAN UP!

Remember we are all in this together, we cannot make these events happen without each and every one of you. Take a moment to think about how much extra work you are creating the next time you consider littering at any event. If you’re going to litter you might as well just drop down and do 30 burpees because that’s the penalty if someone catches you from here on out. Don’t litter. We’ll be watching you and we’ll be dishing out the burpees.

Sign up for a race and we’ll see you in the trash free festival!

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