by Geishel Valverde, Miami Race Manager

Hot, Hot, and more Hot

The Reebok Spartan Race was held in beautiful sunny Florida with partly sunny, warm temperature in 82°F at Oleta Park, Florida’s largest urban park.  Located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area.  Although it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists. Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore this amazing natural area.  It also makes for an epic course for Spartan Racers!

Known for our fire jumps, Miami’s Mile 7 presented an unprecedented Spartan challenge in the form of a forest fire!  Ever resourceful, Spartan staff and crew mobilized quickly and worked alongside Dade County officials to safely keep the race going throughout the Saturday heat times and avoid the unexpected flames!

Notable Participants

Pamela , Captain of team The Phalanx was the biggest team bringing in a total of 55 Spartans at this year’s Super Spartan. This is a group of athletes that train together all year round and have built a network via word-of-mouth that started from family and has evolved to co-workers and friends.

The Biggest Loser was another success; Chris Davis ran the whole course alongside Mayra Dumenigo, a diabetic with MS who still attempts to live her life to the fullest.  Dumenigo says, “it was exciting and a real inspiration,” who also said “the best part was the crossing of the river and the ocean.”  She was also very thankful to say she could not have accomplished the Traverse Wall without the help of the team, concerned she might pass out.  Her finish was inspired.

Spartan also wants to make a shout out to Downtown Athletic Club and thank them for inspiring our Spartans to train all year round and find a support group. The Spartan Group X Training Two Day Workshop and Certification was held at this location this month by Jeff Godin, Ph. D., C.S.C.S., C.I.S.S.N. For more information Take the Spartan Fit Test.  Click HERE for more information on Spartan Coaches. 

The Spartan Kid’s Race was adorable, as usual!  Spartan Races are for the whole family and the little ones who competed were incredible and the proceeds for those races benefit the Kid’s Fit Foundation.  

We’d like to thank our volunteers, medical staff, and Dade County for their support in the largest Florida Spartan Race to date!  We couldn’t do it without your help!

Coming Soon

Heading into March, we’ve already had a busy month of racing, but we’re just getting warmed up!  This weekend, we’ll be hosting our inaugural Australian Spartan Sprint race in Melborne March 2nd with another Spartan Sprint in Sydney scheduled for March 16th.  Spartans are international you know!

In the States, we’re staying out East with the upcoming, The Reebok Georgia Sprint, and the Reebok Carolina Sprint but we’ll be returning to Florida more than once in 2014.  We’ll be invading Orlando for a Spartan Sprint in January 11 and our Super Spartan now in April 12 & 13 in Miami, Florida. Where will you find your Spartan finish line? Sign up today.

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