Spartan Race must be doing some kind of promotional blitz, because along with Annabelle I also have a entry to any Spartan Race to give away to my readers (ie. you) and a code for 15% off for everyone.
A little over a year ago, Maggie and I did a Tough Mudder race in Phoenix, which is the same general idea — run, jump, climb, crawl through mud and ice, revel in your misery — except that in Tough Mudder you also get electro-shocked at the end. There are a lot of reasons Spartan Race and Tough Mudder like to think they’re different (read this whole illuminating article about who stole what obstacle ideas and business plans), but the main difference to me is that you don’t get shocked at the end of the Spartan Race. Which is a selling point.
I don’t really go in for pain for the sake of pain, with no skill or reason involved. It’s like none of these guys who are super into it actually got to the end of Fight Club. News flash: pain just to feel pain DOESN’T END WELL.
I have not actually done a Spartan Race yet. And, they are (unfortunately) not trying to buy me off and giving me an entry, just the code to give away. So, I can’t tell you if it’s good or bad — though I can tell you if I won the code I would do one of the “Beast” races, like the one in Monterey, and not waste it on one of the “Sprints.” I mean, come on.
I can tell you that when we did Tough Mudder there was an obstacle where you crawled on ice under barbed wire and there were little electro-shock wires hanging down, so you hit them as you crawled, and then every now and then a staff person would spray water over you as you crawled. When we got through, Maggie’s lip was bleeding. I asked what happened and she said, “I think I blacked out a little.”
So, there you go.
To WIN the free entry to any Spartan Race, post a comment below telling me your craziest race story. Any race, any story, any reason it’s crazy. To get in the right spirit of things.
Post a comment telling me about your crazy story by 11:59 p.m. P.T. this Friday, June 7 — at which time I will be celebrating my birthday coincidentally, so we will likely read your stories while at a bar. All entries posted by 11:59 P.T. on June 7 will be entered to win the free entry. I will pick one entry at random (using one of those random number generator things) and notify that person that they won.
If you do the race, do come back and let us know how it went.