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The NE Spahtens Show – Episode 9

fitchallengelogoThis episode is brought to you by FIT Challenge – check out their website for full information on their OCR and Trail series!

After a longer than normal break – Paul, Josh and Sandy are back. In episode 9 we talk about Tough Mudder – why Sandy is such a fan, and what happened during her two Tough Mudder weekend – and why Josh is scared to death of his first Tough Mudder coming up. We compare the way Tough Mudder has evolved to the way Spartan has, and answer the age old question, which is better, Tough Mudder or Spartan Race (disclaimer: we don’t really answer that question).

We cover the local races we attended during the summer break – Heart Challenge and Obstacle Adventures for kids, and answer some listener questions from Sara and Greg.

Lastly, we discuss a special episode devoted to the new TV shows – so listeners – would you like to hear such an episode? Let us know!

As usual – if you enjoy the show, let us know! Leave us a review wherever you are listening, leave us a comment or question – and thanks for tuning in!

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Episode 11: Heart Challenge

In this shorter than normal episode of, I talk to Elizabeth Perry of the American Heart Association – they have their annual race, the Heart Challenge coming up next weekend, and we had a chat about the event – one that she feels is a bit of reboot – and with the likes of Fred Smith and GameFace Media behind it this year, I agree!

There is still time to register! Registration closes at noon on Friday the 24th of June, and code NESPA2016 will get you $10 off. Race day registration is also available, but no discount codes! Heats start at 8:30am, and this is a #racelocal Grand Prix event, with options to run multiple laps available.

AHA have been nothing but receptive the entire time we’ve been speaking – make sure you check these guys out!

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RIP Zombie Charge. Welcome Heart Challenge!

logoIt’s always sad when a race ends it’s run. Zombie Charge recently announced that they would be closing shop in 2016, having sold their assets to a new owner, based in Texas. As a result, the new owner doesn’t want to take on a New England race at such short notice.

It’s a nice way for them to exit the industry – being able to sell their brand on means the brand survives, the owners get some pay out, full refunds are being offered and ultimately, no one is screwed over.

10703930_499645776841518_9183629398207770869_nTo soften the blow for people who were hoping for more miles and more laps in #racelocal, two races have stepped up to the plate:

Samurai Sprint has deepend their discount for NES members to $30 off, giving you a $49 ticket price. This is held the same day as Zombie Charge (and many were going to try and hit both events anyway!)

PrintThe Heart Challenge – owned by the New England branch of the American Heart Association, and employing our good friend Fred Smith of Smithfest Events as their Course Director – they will be held two weeks after the Zombie Charge date, and are offering a team discount, and multiple laps. This family friendly event will be a blast – and a newcomer to the #racelocal Grand Prix!

11130495_681020575354205_1173332544034910407_oCheck them both out – and maybe we’ll see Zombie Charge come back to New England in 2017?

Thanks for the memories, Zombie Charge!!

(Full details on both Samurai Sprint and The Heart Challenge can be found in their events pages – join our community and click “events” to find more!)