I’m not a runner! Will I be able to do this type of race?
We will provide you with a running
program suited for beginners. While it is important to train your running
fitness, it is not essential that you be a Rockstar runner. That is, the
running (or walking) during the race takes place between obstacles so are more
short distances strung together “interval style.” Typically, the longest jaunt
will be ½ mile or so and the obstacles provide a bit of rest time if needed.
We’ve done this race with self-proclaimed “NON-runners” who have had a great
this a mud-run?
Yes, being out among the elements
will mean you’ll likely get pretty dirty on the course. We’ll be running on
grass, travels, gravel, even in water. The Michigan Spartan is unique in that
it’s part of the Stadium Series.
This means that the Speedway will be used during the course – we’ll run right
on the speedway and also up and down stairs. Lots of stairs. (don’t worry, the
training program will prepare you for this!). Last time we were at this
location, we stayed clean for the first half of the race (which utilized a lot
of the speedway and stairs) and got dirty for the second half which was more in
heard there were Burpees.
Yup! Unique to the Spartan vs other
OCRs, if you fail or choose not to complete an obstacle, you have to do 30
burpees. We will incorporate this into our training program, along with mindset
training to stay positive even if you didn’t get an obstacle you were hoping to
have success with. There is hardly EVER a perfect race, even among the elite
runners, so ‘failing’ is normal and expected. We can even work with you to
create personal goals of how many burpees you want to avoid and we’ll be sure
to cheer you on!
Day, Sunday, Sept 8: What will that look like?
We’ll meet at the Valeo parking lot
and plan on carpooling in the early morning of race day. Exact time TBD. Of
course, after the race, we’ll have a Team Dinner at Chipotle on the way back to
town! Reserve the whole day on Sunday, September 8 for this event due to the
drive time, etc – we’ll likely be back in Holland late afternoon/early evening.
What is a Spartan Race like? Check out their website: https://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/4728/overview
Stay tuned for more FAQs as they arrive! 🙂