By guest blogger and Spartan Pro Team athlete Brakken Kraker

This weekend’s Spartan Sprint at Miller Park turned out to be another incredible Spartan experience. Wave after wave of excited competitors left the starting ramp, and wave after wave of sweaty, grinning Spartans crossed the first base finish line. Everywhere you looked there were cheering spectators, smiling athletes, awestruck children, and camera happy tourists. 

The venue was as good as advertised and the course was even better. This race tested the competitors’ running endurance and obstacle endurance equally. I personally loved my first stadium race. I had been a little apprehensive about what was in store for me, but quickly realized that I may have found my favorite type of Spartan event. The course had no let up, beginning immediately with several bear crawls and progressing right into a heavy ball slam. From there started a seemingly endless cycle of ramps, stairs and obstacles. The emphasis was placed on full body fitness, and I felt the burn immediately. I can’t remember the last time my upper body was so dead during a race. 

 

The men’s race was immediately separated out into several pairs of runners, each battling for a podium spot. Up front Hunter McIntyre and I went head-to-head every step of the way, while Alexander Nicholas battled a group of runners including Elliott Megquier, Joey Petrolia, Chris McCorkle and Cody Wright, among others. Ultimately, Hunter was declared the winner, and Alexander held on to the third spot.

On the women’s side, a force of nature by the name of Carlee Whipple put her stamp of this course and came in first and gapping the field by over six minutes. Following her was Laura Messner and Sarah Pozdol, respectively. Our favorite lady in lime green, Andi Hardy just missed out on a podium spot, running a great race. 

We were so proud to have hosted our first Wisconsin Spartan, and cannot wait for the next one to come our way. Bring on the Super and the Beast!

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By guest blogger and Spartan Pro Team Athlete Brakken Kraker

 Wisconsin is finally getting its own Spartan Race and there couldn’t be a better place to showcase our state than Miller Park in Milwaukee! I love the fact that Miller Park, known as most of Wisconsin is for how much beer and brats are consumed there, will be the center of such an incredible fitness challenge.
Every Spartan Race provides a unique, incredible experience, but the stadium races represent something truly special. These races give us the ability to actually compete on the fields that America’s top professional athletes compete on. We get to run through, under and around the stadium and on the field itself! Normally if someone attempts to do that, they are rewarded with a $1000 ticket and a night in jail.
As a young boy, I grew up attending Brewer games all summer long. Every night I dreamed of one day competing on that field in front of thousands of people. Those visions may have consisted of home runs and diving catches rather than spear throws and barbed wire crawls, but the fact remains that I am going to be able to fulfill a childhood dream this Saturday.
Thousands of Midwesterners will take the starting line in a few short days, accompanied by the many who will travel hundreds of miles to earn the honor of finishing a Spartan Race. Joining them will be some of the top Obstacle Racers in the country, highlighted by the clash of the only two men to win a Stadium Race: Hunter McIntyre and Alexander Nicholas. In addition other Pro Team athletes in attendance will be Elliott Megquier and Christopher Rutz. On the women’s side, the race is wide open and will feature several Spartan Pro Team members.
I’ll see you all on the field Saturday. Good luck and travel safely!

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It’s no secret that Spartan Races are challenging for even the most prepared. The good news is Spartan has a lot of tools to help you prepare. Each day, we send out a FREE Spatan Workout of the Day (WOD) and a FREE Spartan Food of the Day (FOD). With these scalable workouts and healthy food options, it will make your race day preparation all the easier.

But Spartan Race is taking it a step further. Want to get a taste of what it means to be a Spartan? How about a Spartan Workout! Joe De Sena, co-founder of Spartan Race and members of his team are hitting the road and leading Spartan workouts across the country. Come out and find your inner Spartan!

Register NOW for a free Spartan Workout in your area and put yourself to the test! This is not a traditional workout. You’l lift, climb, crawl and run with hundreds of fellow Spartans in a fun and challenging workout. The workout is FREE and you’ll earn a cool “Training for a Spartan Race” t-shirt!

Cindy Ausman was able to participate in a recent FREE workout hosted by Spartan Race.  She said, “I’ve participated in two OCR before starting to prepare for the Spartan Sprint in Miller Park that’s being held November 2, 2013. What a difference there is in the camaraderie, support, encouragement, training, and attitude.  Attitude is the most important differentiator. Spartan is woven into every breath and fiber of your being.”

Ausman says, “Two quotes from Joe that stick with me through three different workouts, “You have it in you” when we were “going for an easy run on the beach.” Those words cannot be used in the same sentence – Easy –Run – Beach. But Joe’s energy is contagious. I ran more, hurdled higher walls more times than ever before, tried new moves, and worked as a team in new ways.”

What does a Spartan Workout look like? Check out this video from a recent Hawaii workout.

Are you ready for your Spartan experience?  Click HERE to find a WOD near you!

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