After running a couple of Spartan Races in 2013, I was determined to try and complete the three levels of the race that qualified for the trifecta. For those that don’t know, when you complete a Spartan Race you receive a medal. They give you a different color for each level. The Sprint is red, Super is blue, and Beast is green. If you complete all three races in a calendar year, you were awarded a tri-colored medal (red, blue, and green). In April, I teamed up with some friends and completed the Sprint, the three mile course at Citi Field. It seems like such a long time ago. On September 6th the team, plus a few new members, completed the 9 mile Tri-State Super in Vernon, NJ.
One of my favorite things about the Spartan Race is the teamwork and comradery amongst the participants. From the super athlete down to the couch potato, everyone on the course is helpful to others. And make no mistake, if you don’t train for this race you will most likely need help on some of the obstacles.
For me the Tri-State Super was physically and mentally challenging. Just going up and down the mountain over and over again is brutal, and it takes some determination to want to keep going. The many obstacles that you will also encounter along the way will test your will and desire to continue. But as you get through each obstacle and finish the race, the feeling is great. It definitely helps to have teammates encouraging you and pushing you to continue along the way, and I’m grateful to have run the race with a cool team.
So what were the obstacles? From what I can remember (in no particular order):
- Walls (x3 ranging from six to eight feet high)
- Inverted wall
- Barbed wire crawl (x2)
- Monkey bars
- Boulder carry
- Hercules hoist (115 pounds)
- Bucket carry (fill a 5 gallon bucket full of gravel and carry up and down a hill)
- Balance poles
- Tire pull
- Sandbag carry
- Spear throw
- Rope climb
- Swim to a raft and swim to shore
Unfortunately due to weather we weren’t allowed to do the sandbag carry and the rope climb, so I do feel like the race wasn’t complete. But that just means I’ll have to try it again next year! Hopefully I’ll see you there too! Next up for the team is the Vermont Beast on September 20.