On Friday (Canada Day) I took part in the second Heroes Behind the Heroes race at Spruce Meadows.
Disclaimer: I received a free entry into the Heroes Behind the Heroes event in exchange for posting about it – all opinions are my own.
The race started at 8am on Friday, and I was at Brie’s around 7:20 to pick up her and her husband as I still needed to get my bib for the race. Package pickup was available on Monday evening, and I had planned to swing by, but then someone wanted to buy a table I’m attempting to sell, so I made sure to be home – of course the person never showed, so I needed to get my stuff on race day.
I arrived early just in case there was a line (there was last year) but it was quick and easy to pop in and grab my bib, my ankle tag (used for timing the obstacle course) and my swag bag (t-shirt, bandanna, tennis ball, sunglasses, and first aid kit). As we were getting set up we bumped into Ashley who was there running the 10k – I love running into friends on course 🙂
The 10k runners started on-time at 8am and the 5k obstacle runners were sent in heats of 20 people spaced a few minutes apart to keep the obstacle from getting congested. Brie and I didn’t want to go first, and we didn’t want to go last, so we lined up in the third heat and took off.
Our first obstacle was a conditioning station which involved pushups, log presses and burpees. As we came up to the station, the military personnel manning (and womaning) the station starting yelling at us, and we all laughed. They were good natured, and ribbing us in a similar way they would any military personnel.
After completing our conditioning, we were on our way to the second obstacle, but first we needed to run through Ambush Alley. I remembered this from last year and braced myself for the super soakers. I tried to take a picture with my new camera, but didn’t get it turned on in time, but there were squeals and laughter as we attempted (and failed) to dodge the super soakers.
The third obstacle was No Mans Land, and I think the majority of the people took a pass on it. I really wasn’t keen on getting my shoes wet and dirty so early in the course, so I waved and apologized as we ran past.
Next up was a run up a hill, a hop over a sandbag barrier, and a quick army crawl and we were back on our way running.
Our next obstacle was a tire roll – we could roll a large tire in a team, or a smaller tire individually through cones and back. I thought for sure I was going to fail, but I did fairly well.
Brie and I had a bit of a blogger fail on the next obstacle. We needed to hold a rifle and army crawl under netting and around some barrels – and it was way harder than it looked! We bought thought we should get pictures before we started crawling – and then we both completely forgot. I learned I am not good at army crawling – at all!
Then it was time for the second-to-last obstacle. We needed to carry a weighted canister, climb over and under a fence, run through tires and then climb up and over a wall. I think I did pretty well with the exception of the wall – it wasn’t overly tall (maybe 7 or 8 feet, but I’m spatially challenged) but I definitely lack the upper body strength to pull myself over.
Once Brie and I were done we had a bit more running to do before we hit the Polar Plunge and crossed the finish line. Brie was about the jump in, but I stopped and took my shoes off because I was not about to get my shoes wet – it seems I’m the only person who did that. I also felt like I needed to hold my shoes waaaaaay up in the air.
To save time, I ran across barefoot and gave my feet a few minutes to dry before putting my shoes back on.
After we received our medals and water, it was time to enjoy a pancake breakfast and cheer on the remaining obstacle participants.
The Spruce Meadows race events are new and growing, and I’m always so pleased with the organization at the events. Ian Allison (Spruce Meadows Senior VP) donned an amazing Canadian onesie (which I failed to get a picture of) and the volunteers and organizers have so much energy, it’s so wonderful!
The next Spruce Meadows event will be held on August 14 at 9am. Tip: there will be firefighters 😉Recapping 5km of fun obstacles at @Spruce_Meadows this weekend! #runchat #runSMClick To Tweet
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Last obstacle: Shoes on or off?
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