It may be short, but don’t call it sweet. There’s nothing quite like the Pacific Northwest, and this weekend all eyes will be on Washougal, WA, as Spartan hosts the Pacific Northwest Spartan Sprint for the third year running.
In previous years, the 3ish-mile, 15-20 obstacle course has been an all-out sprint for the Elite waves, with top finishing times last year in the mid-30 minute range. With an expected length of 4.75 miles this year, what twists and turns and added terrain can we expect from Spartan? Set on one of the most gorgeous motocross courses in the nation, the single track hills and short climbs will test racers legs and lungs.The legendary uphill barbed wire crawl will likely be out in full force, as well as the obstacle gauntlet at the finish line.
Set to be the third Spartan Race special to be aired on NBC Sports, competition will be stiff as the Elite waves grapple for standing heading into the World Championship. On the men’s side, it looks to be a repeat battle from Pennsylvania a few weeks back, with John Yatsko, Brakken Kraker, and Matt Novakovich squaring off again, with the addition of the newest Spartan Pro Team member, local Chad Trammell, looking to chase them down. For the women, Spartan Pro Team members (and all with Northwest roots) Rose Wetzel-Sinnett, Amelia Boone, Tiffanie Novakovich and Jenny Tobin look to duke it out. All are familiar with this terrain, with this race last year being Rose’s first foray into the beginning of her domination on the Spartan circuit.
Because of the filming, all racers should note that the men’s elite wave will run at 7:30am, and the women will head off at 8:30am. No other waves will be affected.
As always, we’ll see you at the finish line.