Spartan Race to bring toughness to Wasatch Back
July 1, 2011
Boot camp starts July 9 at Soldier Hollow.
Be prepared to crawl under spikes of barbwire, leap over pits of fire, trudge through deep lakes of mud and climb up numerous ropes and walls.
"We also throw spears," said Nick Moore, event director of Spartan Race Inc.
The eight-mile trail-running event known as the Spartan Race makes its Utah debut next Saturday in what Moore calls a "Super Spartan" competition. The event, which Moore said was designed to follow military-type strategy, will feature upward of 18 difficult obstacles for racers to go through.
"A lot of our obstacles are pretty upper-body in nature," he said. "We’re going to try and twist and turn you. In our field, there’s competition, both locally and nationally. Locally, we have the Dirty Dash. We’re not going to even come close to competing with Dirty Dash’s numbers locally, but we pride ourselves on our obstacles and the actual physicality of our competition."
A Super Spartan race is eight miles, while a regular Spartan event is three-miles. Moore said this is the second year for Spartan Racing Inc., and after touching four markets in its first year, the corporation expanded to 16 races nationwide this year.
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Moore said the tour has gone to nine locations already this year and he expects the competition and turnout at Soldier Hollow to be among the best the company will see this season.
Moore has had his eye on Soldier Hollow and the active community along the Wasatch Back for some time.
"I knew the venue and I knew the people there," he said. "When we started to expand into 16 markets this year, there was definitely talk among the two sides. We needed to go to the mountains and we needed to go to Utah. I just reached out to Soldier Hollow; next thing you know, we’ve got an event. It’s a nice venue."
Moore comes from a racing background and has been designing race courses for some time. His two main goals when scheming up a course? Not making it easy for the racers, but making it fun and appealing at the same time.
"I think, as a racer, ‘What do I want to do?’" he said. "A lot of people have done 5K or 10K road races or trail-running races; the running community in the U.S. is exploding. What we offer is something different."
His dedication to the event is evident in that Moore and his crew begin construction on the Fourth of July. An experienced crew of nine course builders will travel to Utah with Moore and work, as he said, relentlessly for five days to ensure the course is up to par.
"It’s a traveling circus," he said of his crew, which features a former Navy SEAL and folks from all over the globe.
He said about 1,200 competitors have signed up for the grueling race and he is hoping to see a small spike in entries prior to next Saturday.
"We’re just looking forward to putting on a good show. That’s what we do," he said.
"At the end of the day, we try and make a difference; to provide some type of entertainment. The compliments we get on our race course and obstacles, that’s what kind of sets us apart."
For more information on the Spartan Race and event information, go to http://www.spartanrace.com .