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Friday, June 7, 2013

Been There, Run That ... Race Giveaway

As I've said before .... in 2009 I couldn't run around the block without walking. I decided to train for a 5K at the end of the year. Early in 2010 I was running my second 5K and decided I needed more. I need to do a half marathon! Cut to doing 12 half marathons in 12 months, again I needed more. So I decided clearly I needed to do Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge. Add 2 full marathons in a 3 month period to my resume! But once Goofy was done I was just sort of blah. What next? I didn't want to go any longer than 26.2, but I wanted to keep running regularly and racing. But I needed some spice! Something more than just running from A to B with occasional water stops along my way.

Last month I was at the Portland Rock'n'Roll expo. I lost Man Friend. I turned to find him drooling at the Spartan Race booth. I perked like a puppy and rushed over. I cheered him on as he did their burpee challenge in a quest to win a free shirt (which he wears ALL THE TIME now)! We chatted with the Spartan people and since then have been online checking out their race locations and eyeballing the various obstacles. I have done one mud run before, but felt I could handle something harder. I think a Spartan race is that something more that I desire!!

<-- Check out that burpee action!

Coincidentally, around this time I received a chance from Spartan Race to give away a free entry to any Spartan race in the continental US for the 2013-2014 season. Um, awesome!!! If I did have a certain life plan set for 2013 I would be registering in a heart beat. But alas, this year I can't --- 2014 here I come!!!

So why don't you, dear friends, take up this opportunity and go do it and report back to me on how awesome it is!?! Haven't done an obstacle race before? This is your chance. If I can do it, YOU can do it!

Here's what the official Spartan folks have to say:
Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal. 
Our events challenge the familiar, today’s perception of normal living and getting you out of your comfort zone! At Spartan Race, we do this everyday and it shapes everything we do.
Having experienced many different racing events, we wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as our events have a challenge for everyone’s needs. 
Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race.

Whatever your level, Spartan Race will test your strength, stamina, and sense of humor.

So if you're feeling in the mood for adventure, leave me a little comment. Tell me where you'd do your Spartan Race if you're the winner! And since I'm curious, have you done one before?? Any favorite obstacles?? I want to hear all so I can live vicariously through you this year!

I'll pick a winner sometime .... I'll give warning. I'm imagining next week - like Wednesday? I want to not dilly dally so that you have ample time to pick your race and register. Remember, only ONE winner, so if you are the only one to comment, it's yours! Let's say Wednesday. Wednesday evening I shall deem a winner!


  1. My husband has done all the Spartans except the Death....I've need a new challenge since I've recently conquered a half marathon....would love to win an entry!

  2. I would do the Fenway Park race. I've never ran a Spartan before, but last year I did the Primal Mud Run and it was a blast. Challenging, but fun. The toughest obstacle was shimmying across a thin rope, suspended in the air, for about 50 feet. With bare legs, the rope burned and left some nasty bruises!

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  3. I've never run a Spartan Race before. Given my limited funding I would like to do the one in Tampa since it is the closest to me. (Though Edinburgh would be totally awesome!)

  4. I've never run one and neither has Allan. I'd love to win this for him!

  5. I have never done a spartan race I actually just completed my first 5k last weekend. The one in the Pacific Northwest would be ideal to try and accomplish!! :)