Upcoming Races, what are yours?

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  • summertime_girl
    summertime_girl Posts: 3,945 Member
    The Invitational had pros and cons. I didn't end up running it, but volunteered instead. They did have the volunteers walk the course to know it though. Fast-paced, 30 obstacles, 1.5 miles. If you don't like running, but prefer the obstacles, this is the type of event for you. I do think we'll start seeing flat, obstacle-heavy speed courses in the future. They're billing this as Olympic-length.

    Everyone had a level playing field. There were no elite heats, and burpee penalties were strictly enforced for everyone who entered.

    Cons, it was a marketing event. Only 800 people were sold spots, and they had more than 200 Reebok execs run the race at the same time. (Execs were exempt from burpees!). Execs took the race swag like everyone else, leaving several hundred people short. And at $150 per entry, the swag played heavily into decisions to run. There was like $80+ worth of stuff in there.

    I do think they are going to start working these Olympic-length distances into their regular schedules. Maybe they can capitalize on what Extreme Nation tried and failed to do. It definitely will be a lot easier to find suitable locations. No hills necessary, just a spot big enough to wind a 1.5 mile course. Most parks would fit the bill. I just hope they don't phase out more of the longer distances.
  • summertime_girl
    summertime_girl Posts: 3,945 Member
    Yeah, they are calling the distance Olympic-length. With the volume of obstacles, the distance was still no joke. I think average course time was pushing a full hour, and then some. Not sure if you're familiar with any of the Spartan Pro Team, but even Junyong Pak was out for over 17 minutes on the course, a freaking beast, and practically inhuman, and he finished SMOKED, laying on the ground. Last year he finished the 3.75 mile Sprint in Amesbury in something like 25 minutes, and that had some ridiculous hills. So the obstacles really do push the distance to seem longer.

    I don't recall seeing any obstacles I haven't seen in Spartan Race before.

    This is my team, and one of the member's reviews: http://www.nespahtens.com/featured-review-reebok-spartan-race-invitational-42814/

    And a video that shows a lot of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXR85IpEUW8&feature=youtu.be A bunch of my friends were in it, and you can catch a glimpse of me at the finish line :)

    And Joe Desena was just out there the whole time, talking to people, getting feedback, and being very friendly.
  • justcat206
    justcat206 Posts: 716 Member
    I so badly want to do a mud run some day, but I'm still working on my 5K. Have a Firecracker 5K in July, and just signed myself up with two of my kids to do a 2K walk/run in support of a friend who has cancer (I think it's in a couple weeks). I LOVE that my kids (all under 7) are so excited to get into running races. They'll be doing the junior firecracker race in July too and can't wait :)
  • taeliesyn
    taeliesyn Posts: 1,116 Member
    I so badly want to do a mud run some day, but I'm still working on my 5K. Have a Firecracker 5K in July, and just signed myself up with two of my kids to do a 2K walk/run in support of a friend who has cancer (I think it's in a couple weeks). I LOVE that my kids (all under 7) are so excited to get into running races. They'll be doing the junior firecracker race in July too and can't wait :)

    Just pick a shorter mud run!, I was only JUST running 5km when I did my 19km tough mudder
  • tlcarolinagirl
    tlcarolinagirl Posts: 1,700 Member
    Still searching for more, as I'm new to these runs. I ran in one last weekend, Dirty Girl. Was super easy...not a challenge at all. Time to step it up. Here is what I have coming up for sure so far:

    Rugged Maniac - 5k Mud/Obstacle Race - Petersburg, VA on 5/3

    Tough Mudder - Richmond, VA - June 14th
  • taeliesyn
    taeliesyn Posts: 1,116 Member
    Stampede - Done & Dusted now. Was good fun although not overly challenging (except for the 6km of twisted ankle *sigh* )

    True Grit next. High hopes for this as it is a qualifying race for the world OCR championships.
  • jimcebula
    jimcebula Posts: 19 Member
    I just signed up for the Gladiator Rock N Run in Pittsburgh (Sept 20th 9:30 wave). They are giving a $15 discount this weekend with code MOMSROCK.

    I'm also signed up for the following currently:
    Zombie Mud Run Pittsburgh - Aug 16th - 10am wave
    Pittsburgh Great Race 5K - Sept 28th
    5K Foam Fest Cleveland - July 19th - 9am wave
  • summertime_girl
    summertime_girl Posts: 3,945 Member
    I'm still sad there are no more Gladiators at the Spartan Races. Who doesn't want to smash into hot, shirtless, sweaty guys? ;) in all seriousness though, I know they had to do it from a liability point of view. They were saying officially that it was due to the push for the Olyimpics, but I know for a fact (insider info) that the insurance company game them an ultimatum, which is why they were scrapped overnight. I really think they should still have gladiators in the festival area though.

    Does this gladiator race you're talking about have spartan-like gladiators that get to hit you still?
  • summertime_girl
    summertime_girl Posts: 3,945 Member
    The insurance issue wasn't so much the danger of the gladiators themselves, it was the liability of having a person be the obstacle. Just an entire additional set of lawsuits to work around. And people could claim that a gladiator unfairly targeted them, or made it harder, or deliberately hurt them. A broken ankle over uneven ground is no ones fault. And falling off a wall is the runner's fault. I do get it, but still think they should be there in some capacity.
  • gspwillow
    gspwillow Posts: 8
    8/9/14 - Spartan Sprint at AT&T ballpark - SF Giants Stadium
    10/18/14 - Warrior Dash NorCal

    I watched a GoPro video from the Citi Field Spartan Sprint...assuming that my sprint at AT&T will be similar, and was a little disappointed. No mud, no fire, no getting wet...no gladiators :(

    I completely understand that they cannot change the physical structure of the stadium and it is during baseball season so obstacles are going to have to be easy to setup and take down. Saying that....the course still looked like it will kick my butt and I am looking forward to that!!! Maybe we'll get some mud in SF :wink:
  • tyler5768
    tyler5768 Posts: 4 Member
    May 25/14 - Sask Half Marathon
    July 5/14 - Dirty Donkey
    Sept 8/14 - Qcm half marathon
    Aug 16/14 - Tough Mudder (plans to).
    Sept/Oct??? - Spartan Beast either Sun peaks or Dallas. Need to get it in to get trifecta

    Going to be a great summer!!!
  • CPrun1
    CPrun1 Posts: 550
    Tough Mudder next weekend June 14th
  • mamarundrc
    mamarundrc Posts: 1,577 Member
    My next race is the Spartan Sprint at Mohegan Sun in CT.

    Not sure what we are going to sign up for after that.
  • MG_Fit
    MG_Fit Posts: 1,143 Member
    Spartan Beast Hawai'i - August 16
    Spartan Sprint Hawai'i - August 17
    Spartan Super Chicago - September 27
  • yoovie
    yoovie Posts: 17,121 Member
    omg i wonder if there is a Tough Mudder in Hawaii O_O
  • MG_Fit
    MG_Fit Posts: 1,143 Member
    omg i wonder if there is a Tough Mudder in Hawaii O_O

    Or you could just run the Spartan with me!