You’ve logged the miles and scaled walls.  You’ve done burpees until you’ve dropped!  You even signed up for the Spartan WOD so that you could prepare and changed your diet so that you were race day ready!  As the day approaches, one thing looms in your mind…

What do I wear?

Ah, the quintessential question asked by every OCR athlete who ever first toed a Spartan Race start line.  Here we will give you the basics of what you wear and what to bring on race day from members of our Spartan Race Pro Team.

First and foremost, take care of your feet!  Members of our pro team strongly suggest a pair of trail running shoes. You will need the added traction that a trail shoe offers. You will also want to look for a shoe that provides adequate drainage when it get wet. A waterproof shoe is not a good idea, once the water gets in, and it will, it will have trouble getting out.

Socks: Look for a thin sock, preferably with individual toes slots. Got to have these. When your feet are getting wet and muddy its nice to have each toe cradled in its own little slot.

Shorts: If you’re going to wear shorts, most of our pro team prefer 5″ or 6″ running shorts or compression shorts. When they get wet there is a lower likelihood of chaffing. Looks for shorts with minimal to no pockets so you don’t collect extra mud and debris along the course.

Pants: If pants are more your speed, find compression wicking gear – NO COTTON!  The last thing you want is something heavy weighing you down.

Shirts: Many of our male pro’s really prefer to run without a shirt. Depending on the material, shirts add very little warmth and/or protection. Skin dries a lot quicker than any fabric. If it’s cool before your heat, get to the start line with an old shirt or garbage bag for warmth. Ditch it (responsibly in a trash can) right before the start. You may also have an old pair of socks on your forearms or hands to keep them warm before the start.  Many of our elite women opt for just a sports bra for many of the same reasons men go shirtless.

If you plan on donning a shirt: Most of the pro’s agree that a thin long sleeve compression shirt is best. Again, do not wear cotton! Remember, whatever you wear will get wet and will not likely dry out. If you are cold sensitive you may want to wear a windbreaker that does not absorb water. Remember once you start running you will build up a lot of heat.

Head Gear: Most racers generally do not wear anything on their heads except some sunscreen. If you like to have something on your head to manage sweat and keep the sun off you may want to try a bandana. It is easy to put around your neck when a hat might get lost in an obstacle.

Hydration: Typically one can rely on the support at the race for hydration if the race is under 3 hours. If you think you will be out there for a while and/or prefer your own beverage, a backpack with a hydration bladder is ideal.

Gloves: Gloves are a personal preference.  Many people prefer to feel the obstacles with their hands.  If not, a good pair of wide receiver gloves is great for managing the monkey bars and carrying objects.  Just remember, they will get wet!

Eyewear: Sunglasses are only going to muddy and will be useless after the first mud obstacle. Our recommendation, if you need them and have them wear your contact lenses. The swims are generally short enough that you do not need goggles.

Sunblock: Don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun. The mud will help, but apply sunscreen before the race. I like a SPF 50 spray for the body and a lotion 50+SPF for “the face”.  Otherwise you might end up with the ever-fashionable forehead race number sunburn.

RACE DAY CHECKLIST

Essentials:
• Trail Running Shoes
• Socks
• Shorts
• Sports bra
• Race bib pinned with four safety pins to your shorts
• Timing chip on your wrist
• Identification
• Directions to and from the race/ transportation schedules
• Cash for Parking
• Registration receipt
• Signed waiver

Food:
• Caffeine shot (if you like a little kick at the start)
• Water bottle for start line
SNAP Infusion Super Candy for energy
• Food belt
• Pre-race Food
• Post-race Food

Optional:
• Backpack/Duffle bag
• Hydration pack
• Shirt
• Hat/visor/hair tie/headband
• Contact lenses
• Sunscreen
• Camera/GoPro
• Change of Shoes/Shorts/Socks
• Towel
• Plastic Bag
• Bandages
• Ibuprofen
• Anti-chafe gel
• Cash for bag drop
• Extra Cash
• Soap/shampoo
• Wet Wipes
• Watch

*Suit and ties, tutu’s, wedding gowns, monkey suits, and superhero capes are also optional.

Now you have the essentials! The last thing you’ll want to bring with you out on the course is a smile! You’ll need it!

Ready to race? Get registered HERE!

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SNAP Infusion believes in giving back, especially to the young fun and restless as a proud supporter of Vitamin Angels, a non-profit organization that delivers vitamins to millions of children around the world each year. Essential nutrients enable young immune systems to fight infectious diseases, helping children attain good health and the opportunity to lead meaningful and productive lives.

For the month of JULY, SNAP Infusion SUPERCANDY and Vitamin Angels will be highlighting the stories of SUPERKIDS of Spartan Race. Here is one about Eric Syso!

Eric’s mom Adrian says, “My 7 year old son is a bit on the shy side. He had seen me run Spartan Races. So Tuxedo 2012 he

Eric and Adrian Syso

decided to run his first Spartan Race. And he was hooked. He then ran the Fenway Park Spartan and his most recent one he dragged his 10 year old uncle along with him. They had a blast and ran the 1 mile race! I am so unbelievably proud of him. Now at home he likes to “workout” like mommy does and train for his Spartans. We go on tons of hikes and he loves to climb and jump off things. I have never seen him more in his element then I do when he races. This has been an amazing opportunity to share plenty of time together doing healthy and productive activities.”

When asked to summarize his experience Eric said, “Before Spartan Races, my adrenaline is pumping and I am ready to take off to get through the obstacles. My favorite obstacle is crawling through the mud because I like getting the mud all over so after the race I can see how hard I worked with the amount of mud I got on me. I also like winning medals! So far I have 3 of them!”Are you ready to Spartan up?  Find a race HERE and get registered!

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SNAP Infusion is a proud supporter of Vitamin Angels, a charity that brings health to millions of children throughout the world. Through this partnership, SNAP Infusion and Vitamin Angels will be sharing the stories of SUPERMOMS worldwide. This is the story of Annmarie Sabovick, a woman that overcame personal tragedy early in life and went on to become a Spartan Racer and kick-a** single mother!

Annmarie’s own mother passed away from terminal breast cancer at 45 years old. At the time, Annamarie’s mother’s diagnosis only gave her 2-3 months to live; however, sheer determination and a refusal to accept defeat helped her to overcome aggressive chemotherapy, countless surgical procedures and multiple hospitalizations to extend her life for another 5 years. After becoming a mother herself, Annmarie realized that her mother’s strength came from the desire to have more time with her children, despite the fact that each day meant more pain and suffering. Annmarie says that her mother was a true SUPERMOM, and the bravest woman she’s ever known.

A single mother to her 6 year old son, Tyler, Annmarie is proactive about maintaining her own health in order to ensure she’s around for him as long as possible. She says that living a healthy lifestyle and setting positive health goals is very important to her, which is why she loves to participate in Spartan Races. She’s worked to pass those values onto her son, who has begun to compete in Spartan Kids races and set fitness goals for himself.

Annmarie also recently returned to school to finish her undergraduate education, but she always finds a way to fit in training with Team Braveheart. Her preparation for Spartan Races consists of kickboxing and MMA, road running, trail running (her personal favorite!), countless burpees, and improvised workouts on all of the local playgrounds. She includes Tyler in as many training sessions as possible, and says that it’s served as a great family bonding activity. It takes a lot of effort and creativity for her to fit everything in, but it’s been an awesome journey for the both of them.

Annmarie tries to live by her mother’s example and embrace every day with strength and courage. She isn’t afraid to take on challenges, whether they’re part of Spartan Race course or in life. She thanks Team Braveheart for the support they’ve given to both her and Tyler, and looks forward to participating in many more events in the future.

Now that’s a SUPERMOM. Share the story of your supermom with SNAP Infusion, Spartan Race and Vitamin Angels #mysupermom

 

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SNAP Infusion is a proud supporter of Vitamin Angels, a charity that brings health to millions of children throughout the world. Through this partnership, SNAP Infusion and Vitamin Angels will be sharing the stories of SUPERMOMS worldwide. Here’s a story of a woman who managed to be an amazing mom and find time to train for no easy challenge, a Spartan Race.

Our second SUPERMOM is Kati Scheetz, a mother of a very special two-year old, Faith-Rose, who is better known as “Bug”. Kati has always been very active and fit. When Kati became pregant with her daughter, she found out early that Bug was way too small and they didn’t know why. At 26 weeks of pregnancy, Kati was placed on strict bedrest for the remainder of the pregnancy, which was extremely difficult for a woman who was so active. At 37 weeks, Bug was born at only 4lbs. She came into this world with no heart beat and not breathing. She has been fighting ever since and is now 2 years old.

Bug has been in and out of the hospital because she won’t grow, can’t eat anything by mouth and vomits all the time. No doctor can explain why this is happening. She is now fed 100% by feeding tube which is a full time job. Kati, her husband and Bug take everyday one day at a time, and they do so with a positive attitude. Kati tell us “She is definitely my motivation, I want her to grow up in an environment where healthy eating and being active is the everyday normal.”

This was Kati’s second Spartan Race. She thinks that OCR is an amazing sport. It not only challenges you physically, but also mentally. Kati trained by doing a lot of running, taking bootcamp classes and carrying Bug around, which is like carrying a Spartan sandbag around 7 days a week! This year, Kati shaved 45 minutes off her time from last year, now, that’s a SUPERMOM.

Mother’s Day is around the corner. Is your mom your super? Share the story of your SUPERMOM with SNAP Infusion and Vitamin Angels. #mysupermom

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SNAP Infusion, one of Spartan Race’s newest partners, are the creators of SUPERCANDY and the official SUPERCANDY of Spartan Race for the 2013 season. They made their debut at the Spartan Race at Citi Field. At 2013 U.S. events, SNAP Infusion will set up aid stations on the course providing SUPERCANDY to athletes to help get them through the race, and compete at their very best.

In addition, SNAP Infusion is a proud supporter of Vitamin Angels, a charity that brings health to millions of children throughout the world. They recently launched a program, SUPER MOMS, that will be running through Mother’s Day and will feature special Spartan Race SUPER MOMS! We will be highlighting the SUPERMOMS of the Spartan Race Series, because we believe that every mom is super, and we are searching for the perfect pairing of the Super Spartan Moms whether it be for personal accomplishment, family or a cause. In a few weeks, we will also be launching a fundraiser page on vitaminangels.org where we will encourage SPARTANS to Compete For a Cause with a fundraiser to complete a spartan race and raise money for Vitamin Angels–info to come.

Kati Rose Scheetz gets told all the time that people aren’t sure how she stays fit with everything going on in her life. Scheetz is a 27 year old mother to a very special two year old. Says Scheetz, “She is my everything and recently has literally been my everything.”

Though always very active and fit, when Scheetz became pregnant they found out early that the baby wasn’t growing but the doctors didn’t know why. At 26 weeks of pregnancy, Scheetz was put on strict bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy, which was induced at 37 weeks. Her daughter, born at only 4lbs came into this world with no heart beat and not breathing.  She survived, and was named Faith Rose, but everyone calls her “Bug.”

Says Scheetz, “She has been fighting ever since so my fitness and my own health has had to be put on the back burner.”

Now two years old, the family has spent roughly four months in the hospital in the last six months. She has been in and out of the hospital because she won’t grow, can’t eat anything by mouth, and vomits all the time. Though examined by multiple doctors, there is no explanation. “She’s fed 100% by feeding tube which is a full time job. A long with her feeding tube she goes to therapy two times a week, her pediatrician once a week and specialists at least once a week sometimes more.”

The care of her daughter is a full time job, but it isn’t all that Scheetz has on her plate, “Plus I am training for a charity marathon I’m doing in July, I work part time and I have a photography business on the side.”

Despite everything she has to get done, Scheetz has re-committed to her fitness. “With all this going on I still manage to get my runs and workouts in, even if that means getting up at 5 am to workout/run before my husband leaves for work.”

An incredible mom with an incredible commitment to her family and her lifestyle. “I am told by some many people that they don’t know how I keep going with everything going on with my daughter. I just tell them that no matter what happens to her I need to be a positive role model and show her that if you are determined you can do anything.”

What a SUPERMOM!

Mother’s day is around the corner, is your mom your super hero? Share the story of your SUPERMOM with SNAP Infusion andVitamin Angels #mysupermom

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SNAP Infusion, one of Spartan Race’s newest partners, are the creators of SUPERCANDY and the official SUPERCANDY of Spartan Race for the 2013 season. They made their debut at the Spartan Race at Citi Field. At 2013 U.S. events, SNAP Infusion will set up aid stations on the course providing SUPERCANDY to athletes to help get them through the race, and compete at their very best.

SNAP Infusion is a proud supporter of Vitamin Angels, a charity that brings health to millions of children throughout the world. They recently launched a program, SUPER MOMS, that will be running through Mother’s Day and will feature special Spartan Race SUPER MOMS! We will be highlighting the SUPERMOMS of the Spartan Race Series, because we believe that every mom is super, and we are searching for the perfect pairing of the Super Spartan Moms whether it be for personal accomplishment, family or a cause.

Our first SUPERMOM is Katie Vescelus, who shaved her head bald and participated in the Spartan Race as a fundraiser for St. Baldricks. Katie is mother of two very special boys, Magnus and Matthias. At three months old, Matthias was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare cancerous tumor in his eyes. He spent the majority of his first year fighting for his life and endured six months of chemotherapy. Near the end of treatment, his main tumors started growing again and despite his doctor’s best efforts, Matthias’ eyes were both removed before his first birthday.

Matthias is now cancer free and hasn’t let blindness hold him back. He attends preschool with sighted peers and enjoys playing with his older brother and neighborhood friends, swimming, climbing, riding his tricycle and learning to play the piano. He will be under the care of an oncologist for the rest of his life due to a genetic mutation that makes him predisposed to developing other cancers.

This was Katie’s first Spartan Race. She was inspired last year as a spectator cheering on her husband, Craig, and older son

, Magnus. It looked like fun, and a great challenge. Katie admits that she was not at all in shape at the time, so it gave her something to work toward. She is now focused on training for the Midwest Spartan Super in July. Her training includes a lot of running and a big focus on upper body strength..oh and a lot of burpees

So, how does she find time to train and juggle being a full-time mom? Katie shares her secret “It can be difficult to find the time/energy to train, but I really wanted to finish this race. That kept me going. My family is a great motivator as well. Craig and I work as a team, both as parents and training partners. We push each other and help each other, often taking turns watching the kids while the other goes out for a run or other training session. Magnus (our 6 year old son) is a huge ball of intense sunshine who cheers me on and keeps me going. His energy is contagious. And Matthias inspires me as much as he inspires others. He is this little juggernaut wrapped in a cute little huggable package. Nothing stops him. Long ago we decided that if we were going to help him push his limits, we were going to need to be willing to do the same.”

Now that is a SUPER MOM!

Mother’s day is around the corner, is your mom your super? Share the story of your SUPERMOM with SNAP Infusion and Vitamin Angels #mysupermom

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