The Reebok SoCal Super Spartan at Vail Creek Resort in Temecula, CA was a bit shorter than last year, but the roughly 8.5 mile course was considered even more difficult. The addition of a water obstacle and the punishing hills at Temecula made the event an awesome test of wills.
Perhaps most impressive was Taylor Jackson of Palm Springs.
On December 11th, 2011 he was involved in a serious car collision and as a result, had to be treated for TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and left-side neglect. He was had broken ribs, fractured C1, C2, C3 vertebrae, collapsed lungs, and a host of other injuries. Together with his father Brian, he got physically fit again and often practiced running up to six miles to prepare and he crossed the finish line on Sunday!
Extreme obstacle course challenges like the Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash and Spartan Race have become a booming business – it’s now a $150 million dollar industry.
Time magazine sports reporter Sean Gregory, who took part in a Tough Mudder in Sarasota, Fla. told Here & Now’s Robin Young, “it stinks, it’s horrible, it’s a shock that goes through your body,” but the fact that you’ve already gone through other obstacles and that everyone else is going through it tends to build motivation.
Stephanie Garcia likes to play dirty. “Growing up, my brother and I were always outside,” the 33-year-old science teacher from Tampa said. “I don’t have a problem with mud.” Garcia, who started exercising to lose weight, is one of the more than 1,000 women who paid $100 and signed up for today’s Dirty Girl Mud Run in Dade City.
Andrea Neukom, marketing director for the Dirty Girl, said the event is designed to help women get outside their comfort zones. “Nobody is pushing you. … Go as far as you can go,” she said. “A lot of our participants have never even done a 5K before, so when they finish this, they really feel like they have done something.”
The Dirty Girl series has proved popular. The 2013 schedule contains 60 races. That’s up from 25 in 2012.
It’s crazy, it’s colorful and for the first time ever, it’s coming to Lubbock! There is still about a month and a half to go before the festive madness called The Color Run kicks off at Mackenzie Park on March 23rd, but if you haven’t signed up already, you may have missed your chance.
Jessica Nixon, Public Relations Specialist for the Color Run said that the City of Lubbock put a 10,000 person cap on the event due to lack of parking spaces, traffic issues and road closures.
The Color Run is a national 5k event and the fastest growing event series in the nation. Last year was its first year and there were 600,000 participants nation-wide.
If you feel like turning into a human-sized Fun Dip, minus the sugary sweetness, set your sights on the month of May.
That’s when Lincoln will host its first-ever “color run,” in which runners — usually wearing white clothes and big sunglasses — are blasted with brightly colored powder as they race…The powder is refined corn starch, and the color is from food-grade dye. It’s all non-toxic and biodegradable, according to the Color Vibe website, the company that organizes the Color Run.
The folks at Color Vibe hope Lincoln’s attendance will be in the thousands — even with two similar events in the Omaha area hosted by different outfits that same month.
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