by Ang Reynolds, Spartan Pro Team

The Monterey beast is the last beast of the year and the newest add to the Reebok Spartan Race west coast race series. Monterey will be the last chance for competitive athletes to earn coveted beast points before the world championship race in Killington, Vermont. The pre-race email warns of the steep terrain that Monterey offers. The buzz within the Spartan build crew is that this race will likely be the toughest race of the year besides Killington. Be ready for a cool summer climate, tough climbs, and unrelenting obstacles.

Everyone is anticipating the Northern California race. Stephen Sinek, The Painted Warrior, will be racing. He is the current leader in open points and will be out on course likely doing multiple laps training for his appearance in the Ultra Beast next month. The biggest team of the 2012 Spartan season the Weeple Army, led by Dave Huckle, promises to lead the largest team charge at this race once again. The Weeple Army will be out in numbers and ready to rock their open heat.

After a disappointing loss in the Pacific Northwest sprint championship last weekend, Spartan Pro Team member April Luu will be back in Monterey looking for the win but will face tough competition with fellow Pro Team member Rose-Marie Jarry. The absence of Amelia Boone and Ty Clark might be just the thing that Luu and Jarry are looking for to get the top podium spot.

Other Spartan women to look out for include Raegan Chambers, Jolene Wilkinson, Spartan Pro Team member Corinne Kohlen, and Danielle Ross. Danielle podiumed in Washougal last weekend, completing multiple laps at the race in anticipation for her acceptance in the ultra beast. A win in Monterey will likely propel her into the Spartan Elite top 10. On the men’s side, Hobie Call, will be looking for another win to secure his spot at the top of the elite point series. You can count on Spartan Pro Team men Hunter Mcintyre, Miguel Medina, and Elliot Megquier to chase him down and promise an unrelenting pace. Other Spartan men to watch for include Joe Kauder and Walter Schmidt.

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To meet up with the Weeple Army, Southern California’s largest obstacle racing group, stalk them on Facebook HERE.

Find more information on The Painted Warrior and his adventures, “like” his Facebook page HERE. 

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by Tom McCormack

In 2012, we issued a challenge to the Spartan Community.  We asked for teams to come out, in force, and that the biggest team of the year would be handsomely rewarded.  We had quite a showing, but none more so than a team from the West Coast, going by the team name, “Weeple Army.”   The Weeples were not just the biggest team on the year, they were the biggest team at THREE events in 2012.  They were the biggest team at the SoCal Super, the Sacramento Beast, and the Malibu Sprint earning a Biggest Team Tri-Fecta in CA!

Captain:  Dave Huckle

Final 2012 Biggest Team Results

Top 5 teams for 2012 based on the amount of finishers at every event.

Malibu Sprint Weeple Army

150

Mid-West Super Spartan Chicago Spartan

146

Sacramento Spartan Beast Weeple Army

144

Pennsylvania Spartan Sprint Team Limitless

139

Indiana Sprint Spartan Race 2012 Midwest Collegiate Street Team

134

 

Malibu 2011 was the first of the three Weeple Army appearances.   They arrived with 20 team members and participated in the Hurricane Heat.  Just 60 days later, they arrived at the 2012 SoCal Spartan with 73 members, many of them again participating in the Hurricane Heat at 6am.  They were hooked!

The Weeples are focused primarily on mud and obstacle races, 5ks, marathons, but while having fun and enjoying the event, regardless of their finish times.

David Huckle, Weeple Army team captain did 39 events throughout the course of the year finishing all types of throughout the year and in some cases two events per weekend.  The Weeple Army Running Group now almost 800 members.  From racers that are running their first 5k mud run, all the way up to the Ultra Beast and Death Racers.  They are a varied and dedicated crew.  In fact, two of the Weeple faithful are now Spartan Race employees!  Matt Trinca and Steffen “Cookie” Cook.

Ricky Ignacio, another Weeple,  started his journey with the Malibu Hurricane Heat by showing up late and taking a beating from Joe D. and the Spartan staffers but he finished Ultra Beast less than a year later.  Spartan elite racer Ang Reynolds is also a proud Weeple. We featured one of her blogs recently for Spartan Chicked Tuesday.

Six Weeples arrived at the Spartan Death Race, and four of them finished!  Not too shabby! Congratulations Weeple Army, and keep a lookout for team captain Dave, who will be traveling to a number of 2013 events around the world, paid for by Spartan Race.

Think you’re ready to put a team together?  Get signed up today.

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