by Carrie Adams
December 3rd’s Texas Super Spartan was one for the ages. With rain, cold, and over 3,500 athletes and 3,000 spectators we had a blast at Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, TX. This race would feature a competitive and cash prize heat that saw Hobie Call taking home the top spot and $10,000 for his 1:07:11 finish. It was an amazing race to witness as the leaders in the pack were tight for most of the course and spectators lined the finish area as they came in mere seconds apart. Xterra racer Josiah Middaugh finished second with a 1:09:19 finish earning him an all expense paid trip to the Vermont Beast in 2012 and Junyong Pak rounded out the top three with a finish of 1:13:01. Habibi Rodriguez and Alec Blenis finished fourth and fifth respectively.
On the women’s cash prize side, Xterra racer Jenny Tobin took top spot and the women’s $10,000 cash prize with a time of 1:45:09, second place went to Jackie Rust with a time of 1:52:15, and Irene Call (yes, wife of Hobie Call) took third with a time of 1:53:32. Felicia LeRoy and Leigh Cordell rounded out the top five for the women of the day. For full results go HERE.
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.
Rough Creek Lodge with it’s thousands of acres was an idyllic spot for our race. The Texas course was a monster and many noted it feeling like a “Mini-Beast” due to the terrain, the 36 obstacles and the multiple water crossings with the dreaded Trevelyan Traverse near the end again forcing runners to cross the line just before the finish and on tired legs. The barbed wire featured clumps of native cacti and even some cow poop as the animals roamed around various portions of the course. From single tracks to water crossing and heavy carries – both a sand bag AND a bucket carry graced this course, runners were kept on their toes for the entire 8+ mile course.
Our festival grounds featured amazing Texas style BBQ and some challenges for the spectators and competitors alike with a traverse wall, spear throw, ice submersion, and pull up challenge with the winners walking away with a season pass! These challenges will be featured at our upcoming events so even the spectators can leave with Spartan glory, while staying relatively clean!
Texas pictures are up! Head over to Nuvision Action Image or click HERE to see your rad self on the course. Remember, that in 2012, all digital prints will be FREE with your registration. We’re redefining race photography along with Nuvision Action Image!
What’s next in 2012? First up, we’re returning to California January 28th with our Super Spartan! Click HERE for the Race and Hurricane Heat registration. We’ll also be rolling back into Texas in May for a Spartan Sprint so don’t miss out on your chance to take on that course May 19th and 20th.
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 Glen Rose, including a wrap-up on Spartan Radio Tuesday night and an interview with female top finisher Jenny Tobin at 10PM/9PM Central time that is now live and ready for listening!
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. With 2011 wrapping up and heading into 2012, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have welcomed new faces into our family and seen some old friends in the great state of Texas.
See you in 2012!