We drove to Snohomish for what is advertised on the web site as the Seattle Spartan Race. Matt was doing the Beast, which was a step up from his race in April. The sign informs us that the race is 11+ miles and 30+ obstacles. If I may interject, the lack of detail on the sign is maddening. Maybe they don’t know exactly how long the course is, but surely they know the exact number of obstacles, seeing as how they have to set them up.
This was the race were I discovered my camera could take continuous photos if I held the shutter down. I have a lot of continuous photo shots which were supposed to be complied into short videos, but were not. Here’s Matt at the start of the race. I enjoy this photo because he’s barely in the frame and that other guy has lost his shoe in the first 50 feet of the race. It’s going to be a long race for him.
Having fulfilled the first part of my athletic supporter picture duties, I retreated to the car to nap and read. According to our calculations, I would next see him at mile 8, at approximately 4:05. I set an alarm for 3:45 and proceeded to lounge. I could see the runners along the tree line and at 3:00 I happened to look up from my book. Was that just Matt? I jumped out of the car and indeed it was him, more than an hour ahead of schedule. Having missed the mile-8 photo, I packed my bag, closed up the car and headed for the photo-op spot, the A-Frame.
On the way I saw this sad story. Also: ballsy criminals. Due to the staggered start times of the races, people are wandering around all the time.
The downside of continuous shooting is that it eats through your battery quickly. I was already on my backup battery, and concerned about running out, so this part of the race I shot one picture at a time.
Matt indicating he has completed a Trifecta: Sprint, Super and Beast. (The official Spartan Race requires you to complete all three races in one calendar year, but I think that’s a dumb rule, designed only to boost their sales.) When you have completed a Trifecta, you get to buy a special medal to hold all three pieces. The Spartan Race never misses an opportunity to make money.