by Carrie Adams

373838_10150389191306861_251061411860_8883494_802827594_nDecember 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 393595_10150389196771861_251061411860_8883561_1155940080_nto 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 393308_10150389189766861_251061411860_8883470_764581073_nHobie 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.

382642_10150389187016861_251061411860_8883431_1833204175_nRough 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.  379878_10150389188546861_251061411860_8883451_1660519349_nFrom 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! 

383094_10150389193406861_251061411860_8883520_933572755_nTexas 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 387650_10150389189151861_251061411860_8883460_2054733365_nstories 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! 

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By Carrie Adams

Spartan Nation… it’s time we hear from YOU.  Tuesday will now be Spartan Spotlight Day! What does that mean?  It means that we’re going to feature an original blog post, video, or pictures from one of our Spartans!

We know that you have YouTube channels, personal blogs, pictures and memories of your epic Spartan experiences, and we want to see them!  Send us your video links, your WOD training videos (we put them out there for a reason), and links to your blog recaps of your races.  Email them to Carrie – carrie@spartanrace.com (My mailbox better be blowing up y’all.)

We can’t get enough. We just really like hearing how badass we are.  And did we mention that there’s a free racing entry for the most popular post?  So get out on Facebook each Tuesday and start “liking” already.  We know you’re not working.

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By Carrie Adams

Spartan Race prides itself on being a unique event on this planet. We don’t just say it, either. Our pictures capture the spirit of the race, the struggles and triumphs of our athletes, and the glory of race days. When it came to choosing a photographer for Spartan Races, we wanted something that was candid, dynamic, and representative of a race designed to make you suffer yet inspire you to overcome. Enter Brent Doscher from Nuvision Action Image.

Photo Courtesy of Nuvision Action ImageDoscher shot our Vermont Race in 2010 and when it came time to interview people for a full-time photographer, it was an easy decision. Jason Jaksetic, Spartan’s Digital Marketing Director, said, “It was a matter of go big corporate or go for quality, unique, and enthusiastic…Brent made that easy for us to decide.” Brent’s work is visually stunning, and as an athlete himself, he understands the toil and he captures it brilliantly. “He kicks ass and we wouldn’t change him for the world. His artistic vision is more than we could hope for and he’s an integral part of the team. We consider him a Spartan,” says Jaksetic.

Talking with Brent, you realize immediately that he loves his job and that he loves taking pictures for Spartan. “I am a triathlete and a cyclist and a runner myself. I worked for all the big companies and thought we could capture something cooler. So, I though, why don’t I start a company and do all those better.”

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