by David Magida, Spartan Pro Team
The 2013 Reebok Spartan Race regular season is over. The Spartan Super in Vernon, New Jersey marked the final race of the year before the World Championships in Vermont. New Jersey provided the athletes with one last chance to make a statement before the biggest race of the year.
That statement would have to come on the long slopes of Mountain Creek Ski Resort, which tested the grit and fitness of each competitor there. Contestants were relieved to find the course had been shortened from nearly 12 miles last year to a more standard 8 miles in 2013. Although not quite as steep as the Virginia course from two weeks earlier, the race opened with a 1.25 mile climb, an early spear throw and swim, then added another big ascent three miles from the finish that stole the legs of even the most fit participants.
Newcomer Elise Fugowski continued to take the Spartan women’s circuit by storm, winning her third race in a row, including her second consecutive Saturday victory on a mountain course. Her time of 1:32:35 gave her a comfortable victory and put the rest of the women attending the Vermont Beast on notice. She is a force to be reckoned with at World Championships.
Finishing second for the women was Debbie Moreau in a time of 1:36:10. Moreau sealed a successful weekend with a victory over Fugowski on Sunday. It was Moreau’s second consecutive Sunday victory, having won on Sunday in Virginia as well. In third place was Karlee Whipple, who claimed her sixth podium finish of the year in a time of 1:38:17.
On the men’s side, in a back and forth race, Spartan Pro Team racer David Magida edged out fellow teammate Alec Blenis by 12 seconds to win one of the closest finishes of the year. The two competitors passed each other half-a-dozen times during the race. With less than 600 meters to go, Blenis yielded the lead on the final climb. The athletes finished in times of 1:15:06 and 1:15:18 respectively, giving Magida his seventh consecutive podium finish.
Blenis went on to win the elite wave the following day, marking his second consecutive Sunday victory. Third place was claimed by Junyong Pak, Runner’s World’s featured athlete for the month of September, in a time of 1:18:41.
Overall, nearly 10,000 participants finished the last Spartan Super race of the year. The tune-ups are finally over. Who will continue on to conquer the Beast in Vermont? We will know in 5 more days.
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Saturday Men’s Results:
1. David Magida – 1:15:06
2. Alec Blenis – 1:15:18
3. Junyong Pak – 1:18:41
Saturday Women’s Results:
1. Elise Fugowski- 1:32:35
2. Debbie Moreau – 1:36:10
3. Karlee Whipple – 1:38:17
Sunday Men’s Results:
1. Alec Blenis – 1:16:07
2. Elliott Megquier – 1:18:10
3. Brian Hoover – 1:19:05
Sunday Women’s Results:
1. Debbie Moreau – 1:31:24
2. Elise Fugowski – 1:35:29
3. Shaun Provost – 1:40:45
About the Author: David Magida is a member of the Spartan Pro Team who has competed in 18 Spartan Races this year.