Spartan Race 2016. Get ready for mud!

It’s time for another Spartan Race. (You can also read about a prior race. I think there have been others, but I was not athletic supporting, so do not have photos.)  Matt has been training for this race with a trainer named Candice.  That’s her in the photo below.  Candice is great at making varied workouts that Matt really enjoys, plus, she is incredibly strong and fit. IMG_5219

At the start of the race.  Matt and Candice ended up racing with the heat of people who had been volunteering.   Here they are answering a question posed by the announcer. (I think it was something like “As a Spartan my job is to” and he instructed them to say “a-hoo, a-hoo, a-hoo”.  This answer makes no sense, but so much about this race makes no sense to me.)  The three shirtless boys on the left were fun to watch and also served as an anchor point later on.  It’s because of them I knew I hadn’t yet missed seeing Matt at one of the viewpoints. IMG_5231

After the start (my start line photo was not very good and is not included) I sat on a picnic table and ate my lunch.  I was delighted to find myself sitting behind this white guy with a black hoodie quoting Malcolm X about capitalism and racism.  This is not typical Spartan Race fare.  Other things I like about this photo: the two people looking for their racer while the little brother entertains himself with a tablet.  Watching out for your athlete is a big part of being an athletic supporter.IMG_5234

Sandwich eaten and port-a-potty visited, I settled in to wait for my athlete.  It was a very long wait.  Matt and Candice were in one of the last heats.  After the 2:00 group went, the race people started packing up the start line.IMG_5240

After more than two hours the athletes appeared. I passed the time by reading a few sentences/scanning the racers/reading a few sentences/scanning the racers.  Also by watching other athletic supporters.  Two people near me chatted for quite some time and then the woman said, “I wonder if we missed him?” which is a common thought among athletic supporters in these races.  After more than two hours, I was having that thought myself.

But I hadn’t missed them!  Here is Candice:IMG_5244

And here is Matt.  This is one of those obstacles where long legs make things more difficult.  But he did it!  As you can see by the mud, the two of them had already completed many obstacles by the time they got to me.IMG_5249

Climbing the rope.  The super saturated color is because I accidentally had my camera set to “poster” so the colors are very bright.IMG_5258

Matt doing 30 burpees because he did not successfully complete the obstacle. Candice entertains herself while she waits.  She very quickly climbed the rope. I barely had time to take a picture.IMG_5261 IMG_5262

Matt climbing up.IMG_5263

Candice coming down.  This is one of my favorite photos.


And so the two of them continued on their way.  I wandered around planning out my next series of photos and picking my vantage point.  On the way I caught these kids wallowing in the mud.  I was greatly amused by them.IMG_5272

At my vantage point I could see these athletic supporters.  The man was smoking a cigarette and the woman passed the time by dancing.  Their athlete turned out to be a teenager, possibly their son. IMG_5274

It was only another 45 minutes or an hour before Matt and Candice appeared again.  Here’s Matt sliding down a mud embankment.IMG_5277

Candice already made it under the wood wall.IMG_5278

Then it was up the incline and back down.IMG_5290

And under some barbed wire.  Matt crawled the entire way.  Again, not one of those obstacles where the long legs are an advantage.  I think women have an easier time with this anyway.  More power in the legs, lower center of gravity.  I saw quite a few men log roll through this.IMG_5296

Two more obstacles happened.  I did not get them on film.  But we’re nearing the end.  You can see the state of our participants by looking at the photo below.IMG_5300

The boulder carry involved picking up a big round “boulder”, walking it to the end, dropping it, doing five burpees, picking it back up and walking back.  For Matt, it also involved a shoe tying.  He swears he wasn’t tying it for the reason I retie my shoes (I need a rest).IMG_5306

Walking back with the boulder.  See his raw power!IMG_5313

Over the fire!IMG_5316

And done.IMG_5320

This photo sums up how the two participants completed the race.IMG_5321

Showing off the medals.IMG_5323

Post-race mud and curl in the middle of the forehead.IMG_5325 IMG_5326

Then it was back into the car for the drive back to Portland.

5 thoughts on “Spartan Race 2016. Get ready for mud!”

  1. This is a nice read! The Spartan Race here has also recently been completed. It’s nice you spent the time to do nothing much and be there to support!

  2. Gosh, I’m so impressed! Obstacle races always look fun to me in theory. And then I remember I’m not even remotely athletic. They need like baby obstacle races that involve breaks and no having to do burpees if you can’t complete an obstacle. Lol.

    Have you heard of the Barkley Marathons? I watched a fantastic documentary about it on Netflix. I wonder if Matt would do something that crazy.

    1. No. Just no to that. Matt swore off marathon distances after completing the Portland Marathon (and then having a year of physical therapy to recover). He was making noises about doing the next level of Spartan Race, which is marathon distance and also involves obstacles. I’ve been pretty strongly advocating to skip this race, but I’m not sure if I have been successful in my efforts.

      The woman who owned the gym we used to go to did some 50-miler races. I can’t even imagine.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *