by Carrie AdamsBuilding the sport of obstacle racing has been a passion of Spartan Race since we began.  As the only event with world rankings, points, and chip times, not to mention all the cash and prizes, we rely on our timing to be the best in the business.   And we are getting even better!  Our friends at J-Chip, our fantastic timing company have been experimenting with some timing elements to capture how transitioning between obstacles can make all the difference at the finish!  We told you about the Amesbury sandbag carry bringing Andrew Hostetler a second place finish with his scorching fast 1:16 ascent in this recent blog post.  This week, it was all about the ladies!  The women’s competitive heat that saw some major action!  Today’s elite heat featured some familiar faces and it was an exciting finish in the female elite Spartan Race today - at the race’s halfway point (monkey bars), our timing mats picked up Dirt In Your Skirt‘s Margaret Schlachter in 5th Place, with Andi Hardy cruising through the monkey bars and catching  up in 6th. With less than 2 miles to go, our splits again picked Margaret up in 5th, with a 3-minute gap to the 2nd/3rd place women.  Margaret then FLEW through the last portion of the race, sticking the spear throw and moving into the last obstacle (rope climb) in 2nd place, with the 3rd place female (Regina Farinholt) just seconds behind. After a strong climb and run through the gladiators, she finished in 2nd (final results below):

FEMALE ELITES
1. Teresa Murphy 1:52:27.9
2. Margaret Schlachter 1:56:08.3
3. Regina Farinholt 1:56:34.3
MALE ELITES
1. Jason Hann 1:29:45.9
2. Adam Jurcisin 1:32:05.7
3. Chris Rutz 1:34:07.9
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