by Carrie Adams
November 19, 2011 was our largest California race event to date. With over 4,600 runners, over 4,000 spectators and our first ever night heat option, the festival grounds were jumping from 5 A.M.’s Hurricane Heat to well after 6 PM in the dark foothills of Malibu. The 100 or so Hurricane Heaters arrived early and were put through nearly three and a half hours of what has become a team-building challenge that’s part mini-Death Race Camp and part obstacle race. Without bibs or chips the runners took off early off-site and crawled through culverts, swam through ponds, faced the barbed wire, mud, and obstacles of part of Sprint Course in a unique event that will be offered at all future Spartan Races for anyone brave enough to take it on! Register for Texas’s Hurricane Heat HERE and Temecula HERE.
Competitive heats set off at 8 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. and as he’s done at every other Spartan Sprint he’s taken on this year, Hobie Call took home the top spot in 27:52 minutes followed by Chris Rutz, 42 of Scottsdale who finished in 33:07 and rounding out the top three was Mike Anderson, 41 of Malibu with a time of 33:14. The women represented as well! Jenny Tobin, 43 of Boise, ID took top spot with 36:46, followed by Irene Call (Hobie’s wife), 36 of South Jordan, UT with a time of 40:05 and Rachel McDermott, 27 of Los Angeles, CA took third with a time of 44:08. Here’s the day’s results!
The kids race was at 12:15 and 100% of the Kid’s Course proceeds go to the Rod Dixon Kid’s Marathon Foundation and was also a crowd pleaser with almost 300 Spartans-in-training taking part and taking home their own medals for their Spartan glory.
Some familiar faces were onsite including Jack Osbourne of MTV reality television fame. Also, Dan Evans of Biggest Loser Season Five ran with his team at 3 PM and Team Orange supporting Fit Kids and finished with big smiles and maybe a few bruises! He even set up and did a live set featuring some of the new music off of his latest album. You can catch his interview from Spartan Radio last week HERE. Check out the Thanksgiving special THIS Wednesday from 9PM EDT – 11PM EDT November 23, 2011 to see a segment of Biggest Loser alum’s racing in Staten Island!
The Calamigos Ranch venue with it’s jagged rises and bush terrain made this course a gnarly and challenging Spartan Sprint. The upward barb wire crawl had a rocky base and the swamp water was a cold surprise for the Malibu runners in the mild temperatures of the day. Some single track trails and steep gradients on the running sections made the course challenging and dynamic.
Live music made the day lots of fun for racers and included DJ Notorious Jen, Nylon Pink, Dread Daze, Ok Here’s The Plan,Grandpa’s Nuts, The Tulips, Band of Bigfoot, Reggae Motion, The Magnatones, All Over, The Originalities, Andrew & Andrew.
The best views of the day were arguably during the night heat as the sun set behind the foothills and the green glow sticks led runners through the dark and back to the finish line headlamps on full blast. Hobie Call even jumped in and ran with the night heat for his second lap of the day. With the lights of Malibu visible in the valley runners rose high into the darkening skies and technical landscape, and the live music at times close enough to hear. Looking across the valley, the headlamps of earlier night wave runners were visible bobbing in the darkness.
We’re returning to California January 28th with our Super Spartan! Click HERE for the Race and Hurricane Heat registration.
It was a memorable day in a great venue. If you missed your chance to get some Spartan Gear, head over to our online store and order something to wear proudly after your amazing finishes on Saturday!
A big thanks to our volunteers for their help on race day with all the details! Many more stories about our amazing event in Malibu, including a wrap-up on Spartan Radio Tuesday night at 10PM/9PM Central time. From everyone at Spartan Race, we would just want to THANK our athletes and their family and friends for coming out to spend the day with Spartan Race. We loved having almost 5,000 athletes and over 3,000 Spectators come rock it with us on Saturday.