Spartan Race is next weekend!
What does this race mean? For me, two things – it was my first adventure race (at time of writing, I’m 6 races in, with 4 more on the calendar!), also it was my first taste into sports shooting, something I’ve been doing a lot more of this past 12 months.
An adventure race, or mud run – they go by many different names – is typically a race between 3 and 12 miles (3.1 miles / 5k is a very popular length), held on and off road, with obstacles as you go through. These obstacles could be walls, tunnels, mud, throwing things, jumping things – every race is different and every race is a unique set of obstacles.
Spartan Race in 2010 was the first race I ran that wasn’t a typical, point A to point B road race, and I got hooked. Since then, I’ve ran the Rugged Maniac (5k), the Ruckus Boston race twice (4 miles), Hopping Mad Mud Run (10k) and Warrior Dash (5k) – this weekend will be the second running of the Spartan Race.
As a sports shooter, I’ve contracted with a national company to shoot triathalons, epic adventure races (Tough Mudder in VT) and several road races (the Tufts Womens 10k comes to mind) – I’ve also independantly shot some local 5ks and kids races, with more on the calendar – it’s a unique challenge to get out there with a zoom and a monopod and get awesome shots!
So, Spartan Race is special to me – the races keep me motivated to stay fit and active (I wasn’t always!), and shooting sports lets me stay involved in the field, and I hope that the photos I take of people doing these amazing things just may, one day, inspire someone else to go out and do something amazing too.