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#racelocal 2017 is fast approaching

A new year, and a new #racelocal season is almost upon us!

It’ll be our fourth season of #racelocal, and like previous seasons, we switch things up, learn from mistakes and grow the program – and I’m hoping you’ll be along for the ride, and bring your friends!

(all this, and more can be found right here: http://www.nespahtens.com/racelocal)

For those who may be new, #racelocal is a program started within the New England Spahtens to encourage and promote the rich and high quality local obstacle race scene we have here in New England. All too often, people start with, stick with and retire within the large national programs – and never get to know the physical challenge that is Shale Hill, or the huge group of friends gathered at FIT Challenge, or run in a snuggly onsie at Blizzard Blast – or the many other unique events going on in the region. As a community we’re firm believers that the local scene here is pretty much the best in the world – but if you don’t participate in it, don’t register for the races, don’t support it – we lose it.

So, #racelocal was born. The more events you participate in, the more miles you complete – the more prizes you get.

Lets talk a bit about 2017 – this is not news if you’re a member of our #racelocal Athletes group on Facebook, so if you haven’t already, hop on over and join in.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/racelocalathletes/

Firstly, the confirmed race list keeps growing. More and more local events are still building out their schedule, so expect this to grow even more. But, as of today, we have the following events.

For every event you complete, we will be converting your miles covered into points. The points table looks like this.

+20% for competitive miles (elite wave at FIT Challenge, Shale Hill’s competitive division and Bonefrog’s competitive division)
-50% for non-OCR events (We’re an OCR community, but run lots of races. Events that aren’t obstacle based will be handicapped to reflect that)

Most recently we announced that the competition isn’t just going to be the full year – we have two mini-competitions going on.

Winter Warriors – all miles logged before the Spring Equinox (6:29am, March 20th 2017) will count towards the Winter Warrior prize. Top Male / Female prize earners will win some unique and cool swag.
Charity Runners – all miles logged at events hosted by registered charities will count towards the Charity Runners award. Top Male / Female points scores.

Of course, there are prizes to earn along the way – and at the end of the season, the biggest points ranking prize awards we’ve ever done (more to come) – and we’re putting significant development time into a better tool for tracking (this is a way bigger job than I realized!).

#racelocal 2017 is going to be our best yet – I hope you’re along for the ride, and I hope you bring your friends along too!

http://www.nespahtens.com/racelocal

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Now in stock – FIT Challenge gear!

I know how much we all love our race swag. For many of us, one of our favorite things to do at a race isn’t race – it’s hit the swag tent, pick up some sweet merchandise, and represent some of our favorite brands when we get home.

You do NOT want to know how many hoodies I’ve got …

now I’ve got lots more. But these aren’t for me.

FIT Challenge and the New England Spahtens have entered an arrangement that means the swag and gear you would normally see at the swag tent is available from a web store you trust, and likely already shop in.

http://www.newenglandspahtens.com/product-category/fitchallenge/

In stock, ready to ship – limited quantities and sizes of course – hoodies, fleeces, hats and compression socks. Maybe in time for a quick Christmas present for yourself? 😉

(are you a #racelocal race director, and would you like to do something similar? Email Paul)

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#racelocal 2016

13227554_1051730974915248_7846188274938240777_oand like that, we’re done!

I just closed out #racelocal 2016.

For those who maybe new to our community, or have seen this hashtag flying around – you may be wondering what #racelocal is?

Four years ago, we made the decision to support locally owned and operated OCR businesses in a tangible and effective way, and started #racelocal. When you participate in #racelocal, you are putting your money into the New England owned and operated obstacle course race scene. We’re giving you awards and swag and medals for racing small, local businesses. As a concept, it’s simple – as a program it’s been very successful.

We ran up mountains, we ran in onsies, we ran around for multiple laps, we did relays, we were awarded medals by Navy Seals, we ate the worlds greatest pizza – we ran in 5 of our 6 states (sorry Maine!)

It’s always interesting to go through the numbers a little. What did 2016 actually look like?

First, we can’t go further without thanking the races and brands that hosted us.

13 brands entered 28 races.

13116286_1044608058960873_4826819008624577923_oSmithfest Events – Blizzard Blast, Runzilla and Panic in the Dark
FIT Challenge – Spring and Fall
Bone Frog Challenge – Spring and Fall
Shale Hill – Polar Bear Challenge, Jills Folly, 24 Hours of Shale Hell, Tri-Obstaclon, Relay, Halloween
Endurance Society – Frigus, Infinitus,
BoldrDash – Winter Dash, In the Mud, Fall,
Gauntlet Races – Run the Gauntlet, Rock the Gauntlet
Wason Pond Pounder
O2X
Heart Challenge,
Samurai Sprint
Wicked Mud Run
Team Mike McNeil virtual race series – 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon

Next, thank you to the athletes. You guys. Without you, it’s nothing.

13483192_1029636340476829_7597706453345778681_oThis was our first year including kids – so before we start, lets give a shout out to every kid out there running miles and laps and giving the grown ups something to chase. Big shout out to Callan Grant who covered over 100 miles all by himself, age 9! He will be earning the only kids size Century Club jacket in existence 🙂

So lets look at that – who made it to the top ten of the Century Club? (defined as logging over 100 miles)

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Next up – lets look at race finishes? How many races did the top ten athletes complete to get these miles?

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and this is interesting, because the top spots aren’t the same. Why? Because multi-laps. Races that support multiple laps get more people, and athletes that run multiple laps gain more miles.

14708011_1169949499760061_8462276688719680486_oSome quick, final stats:

1,000 entries were logged.
8,084.5 miles were ran.

Top 3 races, by miles earned were

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And 2017 is fast approaching.

15181180_1202175609870783_4996041140091092098_nIf you are not already, please join our #racelocal Athletes group – it’ll give you the quickest and easiest way to get new information on the #racelocal program. The following events have already committed to 2017, so get registered and support local businesses!

Blizzard Blast
Shale Hill – Polar Bear Challenge
FIT Challenge – spring
Runzilla
Wason Pond Pounder
BoldrDash – WinterDash 2017
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O2X

See you all on the race course!

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Featured Review: O2X Summit Challenge, Loon Mountain

o2x-logoO2X isn’t a new event, but it’s always been one I’ve let Beth run and I’ve either stayed home with the kid, or spectated.

Circumstances meant that I was transferred in this year, and would get to check O2X out first hand. I was quite excited too 🙂

O2X is different. The only obstacles are the mountain, and the things on the mountain – nothing is built, nothing is brought in. But it’s not “just a trail run”, as some have thought – it’s so much more.

The event really starts the night before. They go to great lengths to make this a destination event. You should devote at least a Friday evening, night and Saturday morning to O2X – and they make it worth while. You can camp too. A full and active festival is open Friday for packet pickup, great food vendors from B Goods and Flat bread pizza, amongst others. ProStairs, a shoe vendor, free wine tasting, beer tent and O2X’s own rather excellent swag tent – then at 9pm, they bring some guests up on the stage, right in front of the fire, and there’s a fireside chat (we do admit we miss the early days of this fireside chat, when it was an actual chat, around the fire – no stage, no PA system … but things grow and change).

We had booked a room at the host hotel, and with our kid in tow, we hit the sack early.

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Saturday was race day – I headed down to the festival early to take advantage of the free coffee, bagels and breakfast and meet up with the New England Spahtens crew. Hugs were exchanged and coffee consumed. A fairly casual attitude to the wave times saw the elites go out right before 9am, and the 9am wave go our right behind them.

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The course is tough to explain. If you have enjoyed the super technical hills and trails of the VT Beast, you’ve got an inkling of what O2X is able to do. The course starts at the base lodge, and goes to the summit (you come down on the gondola) – but you don’t run up the ski slopes, directly to the top – instead, the course weaves and turns and threads its way across the ski slopes, and into the trails, or into the trees – frequently in places where there simply is no trail.

You won’t find a mile marker at O2X – they measure the course based on elevation gained – and you will see signage for “1000′ of gain” or similar instead. Well supported with at least three water stops I remember, many people didn’t take packs with them at all (but I’m glad I did, even if only for the warm jacket I packed when I got to the summit).

A race within a race – at one water stop, they had music playing loudly, and it was the start of the Scramble. This is a short, but technical portion of the course that is independently timed and ranked – with it’s own timing mats. The male winner did it in around 30 seconds – which I simply can’t imagine.

Closer to the summit, you see the gondolas and see the top – then turn right around and go back down for some significant distance. Bastards.

The race directors were everywhere – from the scramble, to the summit to the basecamp.

So definitely not a simple trail run.

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The mountain facilities are excellent, and spectators well catered for – plenty of places to eat, drink and chill out. We typically stay a second night to make a long weekend of it.

One thing I strongly suggest though – don’t run it with bronchitis. That was brutal.

An active participant in the #racelocal series in 2016 – O2X is one of those jewels of an event – provides way more than you expect, and you come home with a lovely shirt and awesome medal (Bottle opener, this year – we miss the quirky medals of past years though!).

O2X offer more than just a race – a Couch to Summit program, and a ton of training programs going on in Boston – check them out.

http://www.o2x.com

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Spahten Story: Chris Marinin – A battle buddy who believes in you. Yes, you!

spartan-muckChris Marinin, AKA Lunchbox, was nominated for a Spahten Story by friend, Nathalie Beaudoin.

The Spahtens are what they are because of people like you.

Chris’s Nomination

Why are you nominating them?

He is the best battle buddy, teammate and friend to have out on the course!

What about them inspires you?

The fact that he goes out there and helps others no matter what it takes to confront obstacles and will encourage you no matter what it takes to get you through.

helping-new-friendsWhat quote would you use to describe them?

“Believe in yourself.”

Chris’s Responses

What was your first reaction when you found out you were nominated?

Successful, After my first race I got so much encouragement and help I wanted to keep that feeling on the course for others. Doing one of these races can be really scary for some people, and knowing there might be a helping hand when needed can put someones fears at ease.

When did you start obstacle course racing? Tell us about your first race and/or what got you into OCR.spartan-cheesing

My first race was the 2013 Spartan Sprint at Fenway Park! I had never even heard of Spartan Races or OCR until a month before when an old high school (Andrew Fogarty) friend put the bug in my ear that it would be fun. Once I accepted the challenge that Andrew but before me I trained as hard as I could with a month till race day. That was also my first race with the New England Spahtens!! Needless to say I was instantly addicted.

What was your biggest accomplishment at an obstacle course race? What made it your biggest accomplishment (overcame a fear, injury, disability etc?)hugs

For me completing a race is the biggest accomplishment. Starting a race for me is easy. You are surrounded by family and love, then you begin the journey. It’s the middle that scares the life out of me. Basically it’s all the What if’s that can and will go wrong that makes the completion of the race worth every step. It’s all about how far will you push yourself when your mind says your are crazy stop.

What attracts you to obstacle course races? Why do you keep coming back?

The People!! I have met some of the most amazing people while racing! The friendships and bonds made on these courses can’t be described with words. Not a day goes by that I don’t talk to at least one member of my OCR Family

What are your goals? Next race, next season … what’s in your future?hugs

Next Season is there is going to be a lot of juggling. We have our first baby Spahten due on Nov 1 so even if I’m not racing a lot you will see the newest NES member at several races. My biggest goal for myself next year is to just continue working on obstacles that have been issues for me this year specifically the Rope Climb and the Rig.

Is there anything else you think we should know?

If you are reading this and thinking I can never do one of these races I have two things to tell you:
1. Believe in yourself and amazing things can happen.
2. If you have trouble believing in yourself come find the New England Spahtens and we will help you along the way!!

spartan-finishHow has your racing changed because of the Spahtens?

Spahtens is really all I know. My first race was with NES and I wouldn’t want to change it. It was a perfect fit and no need to change something amazing.
Do you have someone YOU would like to nominate for a Spahten Story? Click here!

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Spahten Story: Kim Frechette – A woman on her own journey.

On August 23, Kim Frechette shared a before and after photo and a brief message:

“So its hard for me to post this picture. From FB PostI am not proud of the June 2015 side. I had left myself get that big. I didn’t eat healthy or eat for what my body needed. In Jan 2016 I started eating for my body. I started belly dancing and Zumba. I then started walking. In June I did my first Spartan Sprint. Thanks to the support of Chris Marinin I finished it with a time of 3 hours 20 mins. Then with the support of this group I signed up for the Super. I completed that with my friend Amy, this past weekend. With a time of 4 hours and 27 min! I am super proud of the Aug 2016 pic. I am super proud of my finishes! I am down 55lbs and hope to lose more. I am hoping to sign up for more races this year and next! You all are an amazing group that has welcomed me in and supported me out on the course. You have now become a part of my journey to being healthier and I just want to say thank you!”

I reached out to Kim to get a little more information to share.  This woman is amazing and a total inspiration!

When did you start obstacle course racing? Tell us about your first race and/or what got you into OCR.

Finished the Sprint with ChrisI started ocr this past June. I did my first Spartan Sprint in Barre, ma. Prior to that I had heard of ocr but hadn’t thought I would ever be able to do one. I asked my friend Chris about Spartan because I knew he had done a few. He told me all about it and had me join the group NE Spahtens. My first race I was excited, scared, nervous, hoping I didn’t kill myself on one of the obstacle and just hoping I could get to the finish line. My friend Chris was right there beside me, along with other NE Spahtens, rooting me on and challenging me to try every obstacle. I’m not sure I would have made it through without him there. I was so happy when I got to the finish line, I just wanted to collapse. I couldn’t believe that I had done it. 6.1 miles 20 something obstacles! I think I was in a state of shock for a few days afterwards, but what a great feeling to have accomplished it. I did my second Spartan race a few weeks ago, the Super in Barre, ma again. This time I brought my friend Amy to do her first Spartan. I was excited this time and new I would finish no matter what.

What was your biggest accomplishment at an obstacle course race? OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat made it your biggest accomplishment (overcame a fear, injury, disability etc?)

I think my biggest accomplishment at my first race was just finishing. At that point I had lost about 40lbs and had only been walking a few miles a day. So to get to the end and not have given up was amazing to me. My biggest obstacle accomplishment was that dam slip wall! My first race I went up and came right back down. Thanks to Chris and other racers helping me and encouraging me to try again. I was able to get up and over it! This last time at the Super I made it up and over with the help of Chris and my friend Amy the first time! That felt amazing. Knowing that even though I still needed help I was stronger and able to get over in one try was the best feeling!

What attracts you to obstacle course races? Why do you keep coming back?

Well first I think ocr are like potato chips, once you’ve done one you are hooked! I was first attracted to ocr for the challenge. I had been doing belly dancing, zumba, walking and some weight lifting. I had been losing weight and felt so much healthier and full of energy. I had seen others do ocr and seen how much fun it looked. I wanted to see if I could do one myself. I wanted to see if all my hard work was paying off.

What are your goals? Next race, next season … what’s in your future?

Top of the Dunk WallMy next goal is to do the F.I.T Trailfecta with my mom! We just signed up for all three and I think it is going to be a great thing to do together. I am also thinking of signing up for the F.I.T Challenge with my husband. It would be great to get the whole family involved. I know my two little ones can’t wait until next summer when they can do the Spartan Kids race. What is in my

future? Well I hope more races, more Spartans. I would love to get my trifecta next year. I want to be the healthiest that I can be.

Is there anything else you think we should know?

So I started this journey to be healthier about a year ago. I started small by signing up for belly dancing and zumba. About 8 months ago I really changed my eating habits. I have pcos (poly cystic ovarian syndrome.) This makes it hard to lose weight; it makes you crave sugar and carbs. In lots of cases it makes it hard if not impossible to have children. We ending up adopting 3 great kids. Looking back I can say that I used this in part as an excuse for letting myself gain so much. I thought it’s too hard to lose weight, it’s too hard to exercise I have pcos. I was up to 259lbs! I didn’t want to see 260 on that scale. So Kim and Amy at the Dunk WallI cut way down on carbs and sugar. I stared walking more and for longer distances. And guess what? The weight started coming off! I could do it. Was it hard? Yes in the beginning it was, I had cravings. I was obsessed with the amount of carbs in each thing I ate. Did it become easier? Of course. I have now lost 55lbs. I still eat low carb/low sugar but I don’t deny myself the occasional treat. Like the yummy ice cream at Carter and Steven’s Farm at the end of the Spartan Race! If I can do it so can everyone else. Start small; don’t try to do it all at once. Take each day one step at a time.

How has your racing changed because of the Spahtens?

The NE Spahtens are an amazing group of people that support each other no matter what. It feels
amazing to be part of a team, there like a big extended family. I think my racing has changed because of the Spahtens in the fact that I know if I go out on the course I’m not alone. They will always be there to help me over that obstacle I just can’t get over yet or to cheer me on as I get over one that I couldn’t the last time. They also push me to join more races and give encouragement on my goals.

Finished the SuperOne piece of advice you would offer to a newbie?

Believe in yourself. You can do it! Try everything; even if it looks impossible try it at least once. You are
never alone out on the course. Sorry that’s more than one piece of advice but I think it all goes hand in hand. 

*All photos courtesy of Kim Frechette.

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The NE Spahtens Show: Episode ten

nespahtensshow-finalTodays episode marks double digit show counts! Yay!

Josh digs into the Montreal Ultra Beast, and why Spartan HQ should seriously reconsider their water situation.
Sandy talks about trashing team tents and #racelocal miles
Paul brings up a couple of Frogs, and some Civilian Military Combine news.

As usual, we wrap up with questions from the community!

If you’re listening, please leave us a comment, a question or a review in iTunes – we love to hear from you guys – it’s what keeps us going – let us know you’re out there!

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So you signed up for 24 Hours of Shale Hell, now what!

24 Hours of Shale HellSo you bit the bullet and signed up for 24 Hours of Shale Hell or 8 hours, or some other race where you must go as many laps as possible in a given time period.  Your reasoning might have been a desire to challenge yourself to see what you are capable of or you might have been suffering from FOMO (fear of missing out) but at this point, the why matters a little less and the how matters a little more.

A 24 hour race takes a little more than just showing up.  Many of us can show up and fake our way through a 5k or even a 10k.  To go for 24 hours, you must pay attention to your nutrition, you hydration, your feet, and your body.  You also have to keep your head in the game.

where-magic-happensSet a goal.  It gives you something to push towards or something to push beyond.  The way you set your goal is your choice.  You are going to go as long as you can, regardless of how many laps that gets you.  You want to get at least 5 laps or more than 3 laps.  You might want to go the entire time and take less than 20 minutes between each.  Whatever will drive you forward.

Know your why.  This can be a part of your goal but doesn’t have to be.  You want to push yourself.  You are running in memory or honor of someone.

 

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Rios

Head Games.  Your mind will try to tell you that you are too tired to go on, that you can’t do it.  Find a way to silence that voice.  That being said, listen to your body and stop before it gets injured.

 

Despite telling you to watch out for head games, if you decide you are done and have had enough, that is okay. Just make sure it is a rational choice and not an emotional “I QUIT!”

So now that your head is in the game you need to take care of everything else!

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Rios

Hydration.  Start early. Start now. If you normally drink 3-4 liters in a day, up that should be plenty.  If you drink less, up it.  While Shale Hill has 4 water stations on course, I encourage you to carry water with you in a bottle, a belt, or a hydration pack.  The last thing you want is to get dehydrated while running multiple laps in the hot sun.  If you like your water icy cold, bring a cooler with ice, don’t count on a venue to have it.  If you like having something mixed in your water, electrolytes, sugars, such as Nuun or Tailwind, you can pre-mix in liters or gallons and keep in your cooler ready to refill.

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Rios

Nutrition.  Keep your tummy happy, don’t try new foods on race day.  If you know bean burritos give you an upset stomach don’t eat them the night before or during the race.  Make sure to consume calories during your run and in between your laps.  This can be in the form of gels and chews while on the course, or via tailwind,
but could also be real food, almonds and dried mangos.  When you come in to transition, in addition to refilling your water, make sure you to consume calories.  Eight to ten hours into a 24 hour even is not the time you want to bonk.  Bring more food with you than you think you will need.  Remember, food for fuel and food for happy.

Foot Care. Keep your feet dry and happy.  Change your shoes on socks as often as necessary to keep your feet dry. Apply Trail Toes or some other type of moisture barrier.  Powder your feet to remove moisture, drain blisters as they form to keep them from getting worse. Blisters are not your own problem, keeping your feet dry is imperative to keeping away maceration.  Maceration, if severe enough, can end your race.

Body and Chafing. Lube is your friend.  Inner thighs, where the waist pack or hydration pack rubs, shoulders, and especially between your butt cheeks.  Finding out you chafed when you get in the shower is not a pleasant experience.

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Rios

Gear List. Towels, headlamp(s), spare batteries, water, food, gels, hydration pack, water bottle, socks, shoes, two to three sets of running clothes, long sleeve, hat, sun glasses, tent, chair, first aid kit, foot care kit, sunblock, bug spray, and a roller if you want one. Don’t forget a bin or bag to hold it all and keep it organized!

That’s it! Oh, and remember to have fun.

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The NE Spahtens Show – Episode 7

13318690_10208796749332746_1827979539_nWe recently published a review of Callan Grant’s 33 mile experience at Infinitus. Callan is just 8 years old, but wiser and more inspiring than many 8 year olds will ever be.

So we asked him to be on the show. For 30 minutes Josh, Sandy and Paul talk to Callan and Josh Grant about their Infinitus experience – what goes through an 8 year olds mind? Will he do it again? What was his favorite treat at the finish line? and we ask his Dad – Why? How does an 8 year old end up on a serious endurance event like Infinitus?

Next up, we recap Bone Frog Challenge, recently held in the mountains of Western MA, and cover the up coming Spartan Sprint event a little. Some listener questions, and we round things out with reminders of the cool stuff we’ve got going on.

We mention the OCR Newbies guide on our website – you can find that here – http://ocrnewbie.nespahtens.com
If you want to buy a Sports Bra, Drill shirt or raffle ticket to win Inov-8’s, check out http://www.nesstore.com

As always, if you listen to the show please leave us reviews and subscribe – leave a comment or shoot us an email!

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Featured Review: Infinitus

the-endurance-society-skeleton The Endurance Society needs no introductions, and neither does their Infinitus event. Several distances that range from 8k to 888k (thats not a typo), they truly have something for everyone. This year, the weather was brutal, topping 90f. This was not a simple trail run – like anything The Endurance Society does is “simple” …

Callan Grant, aged 8, has spent the last year bugging his Dad to let him run Infinitus. Josh told him that the only way he could do that, is if he ran smaller, local OCRs – and did multiple laps. So he did. In the #racelocal Grand Prix, he’s already logged more miles than many adults – 3 laps of the spring FIT Challenge, and 4 at Wason Pond Pounder. Distances many adults couldn’t manage.

So, accompanied by his Dad, they took on the 88k distance at Infinitus this past weekend. This was not done for publicity – there are no hashtags, no motivational videos, no instagram accounts – this happened for no other reason than Callan wanted to do this, and everyone supported that.

And he achieved it. This are his own words.

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13340697_10208796748572727_1797847187_o“I signed up for the 88k with my dad. This race is based on mental determination. You will need not just strength in the body but perseverance in the mind. Your body will hate you when you are done with the race. You will probably get mad while you’re in the race because they didn’t really mark the miles correctly. When you get to the aid stations it’s really refreshing.

The first couple miles of the race aren’t too bad but then it starts to get annoying. You have to be careful where you step because I stepped into a pile of leaves but there was mud underneath the pile. If you get hot and you’re near a stream you can splash water on your face and dip your hat in the water too.
You and nature are fighting a tough battle, if you can finish you won or if you can’t you lost. Your mental determination will help you win this battle, so will your body strength, but it won’t help as much as determination. Determination is the most important thing.

13282275_10208796748612728_1933169780_nThe race gets harder when you get in the woods. You can trip and fall any time in the woods. I tripped once and slid with my hands in front of me laying down flat. Eventually, after trudging through the woods you will come to a long stream. There are rocks to step on so you can cross it without getting your feet wet. After a while in the woods you come to a highway you cross it and get to the water station. You keep going through the woods for about 5 miles and get to an aid station. It’s the same process to the next station. The third aid station is where you come to blood route you go up it then down it to an aid station and it seems really far away. When you get to that aid station you go right back up it the other way, it’s a lollipop trail. After you go down it again there’s another aid station now when you’re past this aid station it’s not about 5 miles, and it is more like 7 miles. 13340913_10208796753132841_1334792419_oThere is lots of mud so my dad and I picked thick sticks up to help us get across the mud. After the mud there’s a swamp. The sticks really helped me. I felt horrible and I was muttering to myself and having breakdowns the whole time. Then my dad encouraged me by making a speech about me, that I was unstoppable, no other 8 year olds could do this he said. I felt a lot better then sped up to catch up to him and held hands with my dad. I stopped having break downs when I caught up to him. We kept on going and finally got to the aid station, we were so happy when we got there but it was weird, a girl with a hip problem passed us but didn’t pass the aid station before us. I wonder what happened to her.

 

Then we got to the water station and I was so excited. After a couple drinks of water we set off once more. I thought it was 5 miles but it was like 10 miles, searchers were looking for other racers like us. I asked them where the road was and they said you’re really close. They were right, a little while later we got to the road me and dad were so excited we talked a whole bunch. When we saw the finish line we were so happy we ran up the hill to get there. I think we ran 33 miles.

It was a really great and horrible event.

Andy gave me a HUGE medal that is awesome. Thank you Andy and Jack!”

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What is #racelocal?

The #racelocal Grand Prix is a program operated by the New England Spahtens to encourage and motivate people to run high quality, locally owned obstacle course races and endurance events. 2016 saw us introduce a kids division.