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Austin Sprint/Super Weekend #2 – Race Review 2015  

Published by Spartan Race on Thu, 2015/05/21 - 13:25

150516_TM_TX_1015With torrential downpours flooding much of Burnet, Texas and the surrounding area between the back-to-back Spartan Race weekends at Reveille Peak Ranch, the course was primed to create a weekend filled with mud — lots of mud. It’s hard to say which race had more mud this weekend as Indiana apparently aimed to redefine what "muddy" meant.

On the eve before the race, 30 Hurricane Heaters were broken down until they learned how to work together as a team. In the end, they developed camaraderie and an ability to decipher the vague and abstract directions they were given. Their camaraderie was forged at the hands of Hurricane Cadre, Brian Walker, Dingo Dominguez, Tony Matesi and Guest Cadre, Patrick Mies.

When the sun rose Saturday morning, the ground was starting to finally dry up from the week’s rain. The air was humid, and for a short while, it appeared as though the sky might start pouring while the Elite men and women raced the Spartan Sprint course pushing through a runners’ course that laid obstacles strategically enough to still give the non-runners a prime chance to make up time lost in the long runs.

At race’s end, the Sprint podium was mostly dominated by Texas locals. Isaiah Vidal of Austin claimed first place and Nathan Palmer following behind in second. Isaiah’s coach, Yancy Culp captured third for the men’s Elite. Texans swept the women’s podium with Spartan Pros Kate Cramer and Jackie Rust taking first and second place, and Kristine Iotte pushing her way to a solid third place finish. The Masters division saw Yancy Culp double dip and claim first place for the men, followed by Brian Hoover, and Travis Blythe. On the women’s side, Sue Luck, Tonya Stogsdill, and Angela Kalal place first, second, and third, respectively in the Elite Masters Division.

150517_TM_TX_1406On Sunday, racers returned for a chance to earn the blue Spartan Super piece of their Trifecta. For those who raced both weekends in Austin, all that remained to earn a Double Trifecta is the back-to-back race days in the Dallas Beast at the end of October. The morning of the Super another wave of torrential down pouring swept over the Burnet area leaving areas of the course so flooded that the barbed wire crawl had to be shut down. That didn’t stop racers from coming out and enjoying the day.

In the Elite heat, Isaiah Vidal returned to capture back-to-back wins, with Nathan Palmer taking second and Brian Hoover coming in third. In the women’s Elite, Kate Cramer returned to the top of the podium with Ashley Overcast in second and Sue Luck in third. For the Masters division, Brian Hoover took first, Wooch Graff second and Mark Davis third with Sue Luck taking first for the women, Tonya Stogsdill securing second and Angela Kalal came in third.

The after party for the festival went ’next level’ after the Lone Star Spartans captured the Biggest Team of the weekend and proceeded to celebrate their victory by hosting a Spartan Prom for one of their members. After having no success finding a date he reached out to the Lone Star Spartans and in true Spartan fashion they answered the call. Once the Lone Star Spartans kicked off the dancing, many joined in the celebration and now they’re calling for an annual Spartan Prom at the Austin Spartan Race.

150516_LC_TX_1267In closing, it was another exciting Spartan weekend. If you earned your Super and Sprint medals this weekend, you’ll have a chance to complete the Trifecta when the Beast returns at the end of October. But, before then, we’ll back with the Stadium Series, when the Spartans storm the stands of AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys for a Spartan Sprint.

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