Last year I was cruising through a local running magazine and noticed a new race. The Spartan Race. It was advertised as 5km of obstacles, fire and mud. So I, of course, signed up. I am a sucker for a new race that gives the promise of something different than the same old 5km run. On race day I showed up not knowing what to expect. It held it’s word of being a challenge complete with mud, water and fire. The course yielded a very large hill that you had to go up and down with buckets of sand and rock, a mud pit where you had to belly crawl under barbwire and so much more. When I had finished the run I was satisfied. Not totally overjoyed, but enjoyed it enough to tell lots of people about it and sign up to volunteer for the next year. (This year).
So 2012 Spartan season comes along. Since I was a voluneeter I got all the behind the scenes type emails. I got one a few days before the run asking for Sparten Warrior Princesses. Being a Warrior Princess means I got to run the race the night before in their Hurricane Heat, because I was to be working the event the next day. Sure, why the heck not?! Off I ran. Wow I was shocked at the difference from the year before. It was a way bigger challenge! To be honest it was what I had been expecting from the year before, but didn’t get. I was very impressed. The course was again a 5km run with obstacles. But this year the obstacles were way more intense. They had not one, but 5 mud pits, one of which is 100m long belly crawl under barbwire. A lot of hills, a 40 pound sandbag challenge and many more that I won’t list because if you choose to do this run I want you to be surprised. I completed the “fun run” smiling.
The next morning I showed up and was ready to be a Warrior Princess. What does that entale you might ask? I got the honor of putting the finishers medal around the runners necks. I watched many runners cross the line without shoes. Silly mud pits stole them. I was hugged by some many people because they were just that excited to have completed the race. I was very dirty by the end of the day. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Once the runners completed their run they were given the chance to be hosed down by firefighters. All for a small donation to a local charity. Runners were then encouraged to leave their mud ridden shoes behind, which were to be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy after the event.
I was asked at the end of the day but the race owners if I would be involved again next year. My answer? “HELL YA!! AROO!!!!”
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