August 23, 2014
It was a foggy morning, but with a Spartan yell thousands of people took to a race that pushed them to the limit.
"Every obstacle is meant to challenge some part of you,” says Holly Berkey, marketing & contest administrator for the Spartan Race. “So for some it's endurance for others it's upper body.”
There were 26 obstacles on the 7 point 2 mile course around wintergreen...including monkey bars, a rope climb and bucket carry with over 60 pounds of rocks.
“It was definitely challenging,” says Christine Biegert, from Pittsburg, PA. “I was worn out at the end, but I feel like I did alright.”
“It was incredibly hard, but it was a huge sense of accomplishment just finishing the whole race and everything,” says Scott Mang, also from Pittsburg, PA. “It was probably the hardest race I've ever run in my life.”
For some, it was their first time completing the race. For others, it was a chance to come together again for a good cause, as the Spartan race allows different organizations hold their own fundraiser for the race.
“We come out here for Operation Enduring Warrior, which is a charity we run, it's a nonprofit,” says Bobby Walton. “It's 100% volunteer where all of the proceeds go back to the veterans.”
“We support single, double, triple amputees, post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, you name it,” says Walton. “We come out here because we do what we can for people who can't.”
The event was for all ages and included a course for kids, but the goal was to get everyone up on their feet and active.
“An obstacle race people look at as something where they can build a group of friends and go out and do it and have fun, and get muddy, but still get healthy,” says Berkey. “It's a really cool concept that people love.”
With over 8,000 racers, it's obvious that participants loved getting dirty while getting in a great workout.