And so the Reebok Spartan Race juggernaut rolled into Sacramento in Northern California for a second time, but on this occasion having a somewhat more agreeable weather pattern smiling down on all those who took part.
Veterans of the race last year will recall how the rain and hail seemed to come down horizontally, with many people succumbing to the treacherous conditions. This year, with warm sunshine and no rain, the course made for perfect running.
Cody Moat made the most of these conditions with an astonishing finishing time of 1h 51m. Chad Trammell and Justin Morejohn came in second and third respectively, again, in remarkably quick times of 2h 2mins (Trammell) and 2h 11m (Morejohn).
The ladies elites also posted times that belied the unforgiving rolling land at Rancho Murieta. The familiar face of Tyann Clark smiling from the first place podium with a time of 2h 33m with Rose-Marie Jarry (2h 42m) taking second and Jenny Tobin (2h 56m) taking third.
With yet another showing of a huge sea of green and black shirts, the might of Team SISU and The Weeple Army took the bragging rights for the biggest team of the day. Choosing to forego running for time, they exemplified the ideal of leaving no one behind, choosing to stay as a single unit for the duration of the race.
As a huge fan of road trips, Arizona native Daniel Strebler chose to make the Sacramento Beast his first Spartan Race ever. Liking what he experienced, he vowed to return again, almost certainly in February when the Sprint returns to Arizona.
With more people than ever getting accustomed to the clink-clank of a trifecta medal bouncing against the last medal in the set of red, blue and green, it appears very obvious that more and more people are proudly claiming the title of Trifecta Spartans.
Spartan Race would like to extend special thanks to the US Army for all their help over the weekend.
Next stop, Miller Park. Will you be there?