These haunting words linger in my mind in the aftermath of one of the toughest and most interesting events I've participated in; the 60h Spartan Agoge Class 002 which took place this weekend in Pittsfield, Vermont.
Agoge 001 is currently underway in Pittsfield, Vermont. Spartan Agoge is the newest event in the Spartan Race Endurance lineup for the company. The event has drawn over thirty athletes from around the world to try and complete this 48-hour challenge. We spoke exclusively with Tony Matesi, Spartan Director of Endurance about the event and what participants have currently completed since the event kicked off this morning.
Recently, Shale Hill owners announced they would be selling their beloved permanent obstacle racing course and training facility in Benson, Vermont on Facebook. Since the announcement the OCR community has buzzed with theories as to why both Rob and Jill Butler are selling their critically acclaimed course.
In the quest to complete my first Spartan Trifecta, I knew there was only one race worthy of the accomplishment. Thankfully, living in New England, we are close enough to head up Vermont, the birthplace of Spartan Race, for the always challenging Killington Beast. I attended last year's race and barely survived the 10-hour ass kicking that it delivered.
Hello fellow purveyor of the endurance arts. If you’re reading this, then you are wanting to challenge yourself with what can be argued as one of the most difficult Obstacle Course Races in the industry the Spartan Race Ultra Beast.
Shale Hill Obstacle Race Training Center in Benson, Vermont is infamous among many obstacle racers. It has been called obstacle racing's "Field of Dreams". The permanent obstacle course sits on the over 100-acre farm of Rob Butler.
The course was both amazing and brutal and beat me up but I was glad I went. It’s not often that I have completed a course and felt like I did after Shale Hill, if you can dominate the Shale Hill course, then you can probably conquer almost any other OCR course in America! The course is the best I have run to date.
The use of Trekking Poles has been increasing in the hiking world over the past few years, and is recently becoming more prevalent in Extreme Fitness Racing (Death Races, Catamount Games, etc,), Rucking, and now Obstacle Course Racing. Of course, a “normal” OCR doesn't give much opportunity for Trekking Poles to be of much assistance when you’re mostly running. But in this past weekend’s Virginia Spartan Super held at the Wintergreen Ski Resort, it was recommended that I use a pair to assist in my stability and exertion that would be required with the incredibly steep uphill and downhill grades I’d be facing, and I could expect very little running to actually be possible. Other Obstacle Course Races with hellacious grades to negotiate (like Vermont) might be good opportunities to have Trekking Poles provide assistance.