Newbsanity's Mud Gauntlet course includes familiar obstacles set among 40 acres of trails in upstate New York. The race is the brain child of a father-son duo who were looking for ways to better prepare for the big-name races that most of us have competed in.
For the third year in a row, Greek Peak Mountain Resort has hosted the Spartan Winter Sprint. For many living on the east coast, this was the first event of their season.
A gorgeous weekend welcomed Spartans to Killington; the location where it all began. Huge crowds were on hand for the Ultra, Beast and Sprint weekend. Parking seemed to move smoothly and allowed athlete a chance to stretch out their legs with a 15-minute walk to the festival area.
Spartan made a return to West Virginia for a huge weekend of racing. Summit Bechtel Reserve hosted a Trifecta weekend and the Spartan North American Championship. The weather for the event was warm and sunny with temperatures of 80+ degrees for most of the weekend.
Spartan held its second annual Winter Sprint at Greek Peak ski resort in central New York. The event took place Saturday with the Elites taking the snow at 9 am. The crowds overall for the day seemed smaller than a typical Spartan race.
partan Race held a Super at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, New Jersey this past Saturday. The Elite and Competitive waves began with temperatures in the mid-30s. Spartans were decked out in extra layers in preparation for the cold temperatures. The course was just under 9 miles in length, featuring 25 obstacles well placed on the course.
Maryland International Speedway hosted a Spartan Race Sprint race this past Saturday and Sunday. The combined totals for the weekend were about 7,500 participants. The weather was certainly not a problem, as plenty of sunshine and cooler temperatures made for a very pleasant weekend.
Some 11,000 athletes made their way to southern West Virginia this past weekend for the Spartan Trifecta weekend. On Saturday, the Beast hosted many of the sports finest athletes of the sport as NBC Sports covered the event.
The 2017 Spartan U.S. Championship Series made a return to Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton, Pa. Last year, this Super course received raved reviews from everyone as a very difficult race with a tremendous focus on the difficult inclines the mountain possesses. This year, I heard nothing but strong remarks from the many athletes I spoke to.
Spartan Race Virginia changed locations in 2017. Last year, a very challenging Wintergreen Resort hosted the Super/Sprint weekend. Rumors are that a change was made because of too much litter on the course, which upset Wintergreen management, which I think is totally fair.