Wednesday, September 4 2013, 04:22 PM MDT
Spartan Race Preview
By Carla Roberts
(KUTV) It could be considered one of the toughest mud runs here in the state – on Saturday, hundreds of runners will participate in the Spartan Race.
“This is an opportunity for people to get ripped off their couches and come out and do something that is completely beyond the scope of their experience.” Todd Sedlack is in charge of course operations. He says the race attracts elite athletes, as well as those looking for a challenge.
“You realize the pain and the agony; the heat; the mud; the barb wire; all of that has really come together in that moment and allow you to realize that you have done something absolutely amazing.”
Saturday’s race is the hardest of the Spartan series. The series has three levels: the sprint, the super, and the beast. Soldier Hollow will host the beast race.
The race is 12 miles and athletes will have to overcome more than 20 obstacles along the course.
Some of the obstacles include: rope climbing, monkey bars, barb wire, walls, spear throwing, and even fire. For every obstacle they don’t complete, the athletes must do 30 burpees.
Another challenge this year will be the heat. Sedlack says it generally takes runners about 4-5 hours to complete the course.
14-year-old Winter Vinecki will be competing in her first Spartan Race on Saturday. We have introduced you to Winter back in May.
Winter’s father died from prostate cancer when she was just 9-years-old. Since then, she has been competing in races across the globe.
“I have helped to raise more than $400,000 for cancer awareness with the help of kids and adults that are part of Team Winter.”
Winter’s story is certainly inspiriting; as are the stories of many of the athletes who will be running this weekend. Todd Sedlack says the most emotional part of the race is when the last runner crosses the finish line.
“That person is always the person who just has never done anything like this before and has committed just an incredible amount of level of heart and soul into that race.”
For more information on the Spartan Race, visit: http://www.spartanrace.com
For more information on Team Winter, visit: http://www.teamwinter.org
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