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Spartans descend on Paicines

Hardcore athletes came to the scenic Paicines Ranch to face numerous obstacles.

Paicines Ranch, in San Benito County’s Paicines area, hosted its first Spartan Race on Nov. 12. At least for most of the competitors, the races might be described more as a personal challenge than a race. BenitoLink was unable to confirm the total number of competitors but ranch owner Sallie Calhoun sounded a bit relieved saying everyone got through it and that “it was a lot of fun and we hope to do it again next year.”

Former Hollister Police Department Chief David Westrick participating in the event. Photo courtesy of David Westrick.
Former Hollister Police Department Chief David Westrick participating in the event. Photo courtesy of David Westrick.

Among the participants was former Hollister Police Department Chief David Westrick.

“I just do it as a hobby after retirement,” he said. “So I’m not competitive at all.”

Spartan Race’s main events include the Spartan Sprint (3+ miles of obstacle racing, 20+ obstacles), the Spartan Super (8+ miles, 25+ obstacles), the Spartan Beast (13+ miles, 30+ obstacles), and the Spartan Ultra (30+ miles, 60+ obstacles). The obstacles themselves also vary from race to race.

“Obstacles are what set Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, Savage Race and all other obstacle course races apart from a traditional running race. I mean it is called an obstacle course race,” according to the website Obstacles.com.

Everyone who gets through it feels like a winner. Photo by Alicia Arcidiacono and Chasing Chickadees Photography.
Everyone who gets through it feels like a winner. Photo by Alicia Arcidiacono and Chasing Chickadees Photography.

“If you are new to Spartan Race you probably want to know what obstacles to expect. Heck I see many seasoned racers expression confusion over what obstacles to expect,” the Ostacles.com writer explained.

While there are signature and staple obstacles Spartan is known for, not all obstacles are present at each race.

The website Wikipedia gave these recommendations to anyone considering joining in: “Beginners-For your first Spartan experience, I would recommend not really thinking of it as a “race,” but rather a test. It’ll test you mentally and physically. Try every obstacle! Some of them can be a little scary, but you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish if you’re determined.”

Competitors travel across the Paicines Ranch landscape. Photo by Alicia Arcidiacono and Chasing Chickadees Photography.
Competitors travel across the Paicines Ranch landscape. Photo by Alicia Arcidiacono and Chasing Chickadees Photography.

 

San Jose Spartan Trifecta Weekend at Paicines winners:

Grant Napierala, male  22 USA

Jordan Porter, male  21

Travis McHugh, male  29 USA

Eddie Sanchez, male 42 USA

Luis Rogel, male 37 USA

 

 

BenitoLink Staff