I’ll be the first to admit that I have way too many backpacks. I’ve got one for backcountry hiking, one for backpacking, one for all my cameras, one for one of my camera, one for my cameras if I want no one to steal it and even one that I can pack inside my other packs.
Saturday morning started like most race days do recently. Alarm goes off at just before 5 am, I’m on the road by 5:30 and sometime between leaving the house and arriving at the race venue, the sun comes up.
On Saturday, Spartan Race returned to Vail Lake, California to bring the 12+ mile Beast down to Southern California for the first time.
In 2013, Spartan Race introduced the Stadium Sprint into its fold of events. Removed from the trails and mud, the Stadium Sprint focused on utilizing the space, seats and stairs of large sporting stadiums like the Citi Field in New York, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Fenway Park in Boston, as the terrain for their 3-4 mile sprint distance races.
8 months ago, I took on the challenge to complete the Spartan Race Trifecta, consisting of finishing the Sprint (3+ miles, 15+ obstacles), Super (8+ miles, 20+ obstacles) and Beast (12+ miles, 25+ obstacles) category races.