by Chris Rutz, Elite Spartan Racer

This weekend, Reebok Spartan Race kicks off the 2013 calendar year with the Super Spartan SoCal in Temecula.

This is the first race since the Reebok/Spartan Race partnership was announced last week in New York City.

Many of the top athletes from the 2012 Season will be racing in Temecula this weekend for their share of the $7,500 cash purse generously provided by our partners at Navy Federal Credit Union for the Saturday Elite wave. 

Cody Moat, 2012 Men’s Points Champion

These Top 10 Athletes from the 2012 Season are scheduled to appear
this weekend:

Men:                                      Women:

Cody Moat                                Jenny Tobin

Hobie Call                                 Leslie St Louis

Christopher Rutz                       Margaret Schlachter

Elliott Megquier                         Corinne Kohlen

Shawn Feiock                           Juliana Sproles

Dallas Bassette                         Leyla Ester Di Cori

In addition to these top performers from 2012, watch out for Hunter McIntyre, who has already made a name for himself at the NorCal Beast and the Malibu Sprint, with podium finishes at each.

On the women’s side, Midwest Super champion and Ultra Beast and Beast second place finisher Amelia Boone may also make an appearance. With prize money, Reebok, and the great group of top racers, it is shaping up to be an exciting weekend of obstacle course racing. 

Many of the top athletes are excited about the agreement between Reebok and Spartan Race. We asked a few of them what they think it means for the future of the sport of Obstacle Racing.

Some quotes on their initial reactions to the news: 

Spartan emerging elite male Hunter McIntyre noted, “It will bring greater attention to the sport, coupled with stronger competition.”

On the Spartan female side top, ten athlete Leyla Di Cori remarked, “I think this is a great opportunity to give more credibility to obstacle racing as a sport.” 

Jenny Tobin, 2012 Female Points Champion

Spartan champion Hobie Call, who was onsite in New York City last week for the ground-breaking announcement, was quoted as saying, “It will be nice to have a large company come out with some obstacle racing specific clothing/shoes, and help sponsor athletes, which will help get serious athletes to more races.”

Leslie St. Louis, Spartan female elite athlete commented, “…maybe I am not thinking big enough yet, but as far as Spartan specifically, I foresee more momentum for CrossFit inspired events and obstacles, such as the WODstock event in Temecula and the obstacles at Citi Field.”

To find out more about what these and other athletes are thinking, get out to the SoCal Spartan this weekend and ask them. They would welcome the opportunity to share their passion for obstacle course racing with you.

See you at the races!  

Not registered yet?  What are you waiting for?  Join the expected 500,000 Spartans that will cross one of our finish lines this year.  

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by Ben Killary

Team Life as Rx, SoCal Super 2012

LifeAsRx (the underground apparel company for the CrossFit Community) , Gymnos Productions, and Spartan Race have banded together to put on a first-of-its-kind event: WODstock.  On January 26th and 27th, 2013, SoCal will be a part of history as CrossFitters and Spartan Racers unite in this weekend-long competition. Saturday’s race event at Vail Lake Resort will feature an all-day long CrossFit Competition, hosted by LifeAsRx and Gymnos Productions (limited to 1,000 competitors). Sunday’s race will feature 1,000 plus CrossFitters grinding it out on one of the gnarliest Spartan Race courses on the planet. Competitor’s overall scores will be a result of the combination of how they perform in the CrossFit competition and how they perform on the Spartan course.Spartan Race was founded in 2005 with the goal of ripping one million people off of the couch and getting them out, active, and living a fit, healthy lifestyle. Spartan Race prides itself in being the World’s only competitive international obstacle racing series and strives to align itself with like-minded businesses and individuals. It was a no-brainer when we crossed paths with the guys at LifeAsRx (who ran with us in SoCal – you can read about their experience HERE) and Gymnos Productions that we needed to unite our two worlds in the name of fitness.

Sound absolutely brutal? While we anticipate a large gathering from the elite athletes of the CrossFit community, this competition is for CrossFit athletes of all abilities. We will have an RX’d (as prescribed) division and a scaled division for athletes to compete in. Sign up RX’d and complete your workouts as prescribed on Saturday, and then crush the entire SoCal Super Spartan course on Sunday (8+ miles). Sign up in the scaled division and complete your workouts as designed and scaled by Gymnos Productions, and then complete one of the SoCal Super Spartan Relay loops on Sunday (4 miles). Either way, there is an event for everyone!

Hacks Pack Ute, Super Spartan SoCal 2012

The big draw to this unique event is the team competition. Spartan Race’s own Tommy Hackenbruck, member of the world champion CrossFit Games affiliate cup team, and the rest of “Hacks Pack UTE,” will be competing in the team competition.  We told you all about his team’s experience in this year’s games in this blog post.  This is your chance to compete alongside the “World’s Fittest Team” and other elite athletes of the CrossFit Community.  Hacks Pack UTE competed in last year’s Beast as part of their CrossFit Games prep!

So, how will this all go down?  Teams consist of 4 athletes, 2 males and 2 females. Sign up RX’d and compete with the likes of “Hacks Pack UTE”, or sign up for the scaled division and compete with hundreds of your CrossFit Community peers. Same rules apply as signing up individually; scaled teams will split in half and each half will run a loop of the SoCal Spartan Race relay course (4 miles each loop).

Spartan Race HQ is thrilled to join forces with LifeAsRx and Gymnos Productions for a weekend that promises to be one for the record books. With less than six months until the event, there is plenty of time for everyone to train.  Get to your local box and sign up for our Spartan WODs to be prepared for race day . It’s time to take your endurance to the next level,  you’ll need it out on the Super Spartan Course. When contemplating signing up, remember these 3 words:

WODstock OR BUST!. Sign Up now! 3,2,1…GO!

 

 

 

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