Well we did it. Me and my two older boys have completed our first obstacle race event. I don’t know of a better way to start than the Atlanta Spartan Sprint. What an incredible event! The course was just over 4 miles and had around 20 obstacles scattered throughout the wooded trails of the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. My two older sons raced in the 1-mile Varsity Spartan event and had a great time. When I finished, over an hour after their event, they were still buzzing about the various obstacles on the course and how much fun they had.
I second their feelings. The Spartan Race is an incredible event. Thousands of people gathered together to conquer over four miles of trail running and a set of largely unknown obstacles. I was impressed with the efficiency with which the event was run, given it’s size. I will definitely be participating in a Spartan event in the future. I’m even being encouraged by my boys to earn the Spartan Trifecta. Admittedly, this was in the back of my mind already after finishing the Sprint.
A member of the Spartan Trifecta Tribe finishes one of each Spartan distance – Sprint, Super, Beast – in a calendar year anywhere in the world. In doing so, they get added to the coveted Spartan Trifecta Tribe wall for all to see and aspire to and they get sent the official Spartan Trifecta patch.
At the end of the day I learned a lot. I further realized that we never know what we’re capable of until we try, including scaling an 8+ foot wall without any help. I learned that nothing is physically beyond our means, if we are willing to train hard enough. And most importantly I was once again reminded of how much more fun these life experiences are when shared with family. I was so proud of my two older sons for participating. The little guy is already planning to do the next one. I’m especially thankful to my wife for supporting us crazy boys and our wild ideas of a good time!