Monday, April 14, 2014

A Spartan Sprint (+ a race entry giveaway!)

Yesterday, I decided to go check it out the Spartan Sprint at Citi Field. I did not participate in the race, but I can tell you I was definitely regretting not signing up once I was there. I was extremely jealous of everyone who was getting ready to earn the title of Spartan. 

The race started on one of the stadium ramps and from there you ran back and forth and down and up on the stadium's upper seating area. The race was 3.1 miles in and around the stadium with many obstacles sprinkled throughout. I'm not sure about all of the obstacles, but the ones I saw were pretty intense:

Wall crawl, sword throwing and the Cirque tent- oh my!

You pick the ball up, you throw it down. You repeat.

These aren't your playground's monkey bars.

And just as you get back into the the field to run your victory lap, there is a rope climb, a wall climb and a net tower to get through before you get your medal. 

I'll be honest, I was extremely nervous about each obstacle that required upper body strength (because I have none) and the 30 burpee penalty (every time you couldn't complete the obstacles) is intense.  If I wasn't so worried about injuring myself for a couple of big running events I have coming up, I probably would have done it anyway. I love that there are no time limits for Spartan events- encouraging everyone to just get it done! Now that I've been to an event, I'm pretty convinced I need to do one.

LOVED the camaraderie!
This guy's team waited for him and gave him a badass welcome in! 

The winners! First time I've ever seen an awards ceremony. 

There was also tons of stuff for spectators to do as well. Being that this was in a stadium, you could see your Spartan a lot throughout their race. If you just wanted to hang out in the stands by the finish line, that's cool, too. The jumbotron and all the monitors throughout the stadium were showing clips of the Spartans at various places along the course. About once an hour they were shooting t-shirts into the crowd as well. It was a lot of fun! There were even kid races for your Spartans in training. 

Getting to watch the different obstacles on the jumbotron.

Check this site out for more information on Spartan races near you! 

Do you want to WIN a chance to earn the Spartan title? Well, lucky for you, the Spartans are allowing me to give away a free entry to any US 2014 Spartan Race! See below for more details.

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  1. I've witnessed a Spartan event down here in South Mississippi. The day was wet and muddy, and that stuff was intense. I'd consider signing up to do one too if I wasn't in training for marathons. Definitely a test of stamina and endurance!

  2. One year Tara and I signed up for the Warrior Dash- WAY HARDER THAN IT LOOKS! I was sore for days and sore in places I didn't even know could be sore. I certainly felt like a bad ass when I was done but it was really hard!

  3. I've done a Sprint, but maybe someday a Beast! You really should do one, Abby. :)

  4. I've run a stadium Sprint (Citizens Bank in Philly) but I want to take on a regular Sprint- I *think* I might be ready for the water obstacles this year!

  5. A couple of guys from my CrossFit class did this and I had wanted to join them, but I had the same fears about the upper body strength things...even more so now that I know there's a burpee penalty. I HATE BURPEES! Maybe next year I'll give it a try :)

  6. I'd like to conquer Fenway Park since I missed it last year.

  7. I want to conquer the Vermont beast. No race could ever be tougher then that one

  8. If I win this entry it will completely my Trifecta for 2014, I don't know if i'll be able to complete it, but my goal is to try! AROO!

  9. I'd like to conquer the Vermont Beast!

  10. I would like to do one of the Florida races.

  11. I would like to conquer the DC Sprint

  12. I would like to conquer one of the Boston sprints!

  13. i'd love to conquer the vermont beast.