by Jenny Tobin, Spartan Pro Team
The Pacific Northwest Reebok Spartan Sprint is sure to be a competitive one! The setting for the course is the Washougal Motocross Park. It is very picturesque with lots of hills and forests. Last year the course had a brutal start going straight uphill for about a mile! I guess I should have known a motocross park would have this kind of terrain. There was plenty of mud last year with the worst barbed wire uphill/steep crawl I’ve ever encountered. There was a good number of obstacles right at the start/finish area to make it very spectator friendly. This is a great course and sure to challenge everyone.
The Pacific Northwest Spartan is one of the regional championships and has a larger prize purse and extra points can be earned for the overall series; so the competition will be fierce with plenty of big names. On the men’s side, Hobie Call has a good chance to repeat last year’s victory. He has had Lasik eye surgery and is ready to race without the threat of losing a contact. It should be interesting to see if he can go faster in the mud pits than usual. However, he should be challenged by multiple Spartan winner and Spartan Pro Team member, Brakken Kraker. Brakken is very strong right now and just won last week’s Midwest Spartan. Alec Blenis and Elliot Megquier, two other Spartan Pro Team members are sure to be in the mix. Elliot has probably raced more Spartans than anyone (and gotten lost in more races, but if he stays on the course, he’ll likely be top 3). There are some other Spartan Pro Team noteables Miguel Guillermo Medina, Alex Nicholas, and Shawn Feiock (he’s back in action). In addition, we will see Paul Drew, Anthony Matesi, and Stephen Sinek (aka the Painted Warrior).
The women are having a tough battle for the series win and this race should be a good one with the extra points on the line. Amelia Boone looks to be in top form especially after her double win on Saturday and Sunday of the Midwest Spartan Super. She typically likes the longer races so we shall see if she can sprint with the best of them. My Spartan Pro Teammates Corinne Kohlen, Ang Reynolds, Andi Hardy, and Juliana Sproles will be onhand for the race.
You never know what will happen in a Reebok Spartan Sprint race; missing a spear throw or another obstacle could be too much to overcome in a Spartan Sprint. It promises to be an exciting event!
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