Event write-up by Race Team Coach James Needham.
“When your strength and stamina are tested, let your performance be the evidence of your preparation and a CFP RED shirt be your uniform.” Remember: You can’t buy a Red Shirt. You have to earn it.
Congratulations to the following CFP members who earned their Red Shirts by completing the Spartan Sprint: John Beauregard (2nd event), Marry Peloquin (2nd event), Jamie Hawkins (2nd event), Kiwi Josh Bublitz, Juan Ocampo, Ecem Elci, Bob Tessier, Rachel Lindenthal, Seth Rathbun, Travis Stockton, Jon Janton, Lorena Corrente, Nicole Needham, and Allison Needham, Little Ryan T. Scott Twardowski, Robert Martin, Jamie Girard, Rachel Lindenthal, AND Socrates Ramirez
If you want to run the next ‘Red Shirt’ Team event, it will be the Spartan Beast on Saturday, September 22nd (13 miles of obstacles) in Killington Vermont. Go to the link on the home page of CrossFit Providence, click on the link and register. The team name is CrossFit Providence and the password is Providence. Use discount code DJ 1 to receive an additional $35 off. This event will sell out so if you would like to participate please do so right away.
Just a note…Ryan T is one of the members signed up for the ULTRA Beast which is 26 MILES of obstacles! Please email me at James@CrossFitProvidence.com if you have any questions about lodging, training, or anything else.
The Spartan Race Details
I just wanted to talk about this year’s Spartan Sprint that recently happened on Saturday 08/11/12 in Amsbury Massachusetts and talk about how CrossFit Providence’s Red Shirt Race team did. Some of the race team met at CrossFit Providence and some met at the event but once everyone was on scene and ready to go we proceeded to the starting line and did some dynamic stretching as a group. (Inch crawls, Sampson stretches, Squats, and ohh yea Burpees)
This “team warm up” was a big hit with the MC at the event because he kept saying things like: “Hey everyone, If you want to know how to do Burpees ‘the right way’, check out CrossFit Providence over here!” Also, always being the overachievers, Jamie “Hawk” Hawkins played with a tire the organizers had set up, Kiwi took part in a pull up contest the National guard was putting on, and I think Bob damaged a sledge hammer apparatus by breaking the hammer.
As the race began CrossFit Providence was represented well as Kiwi, Seth, and Jon Beauregard were leading the pack up and over the first hill. The 1st obstacle we came to, and I would have to say was a change from years past, was a few water obstacles that had to be jumped over. No one was really sure how deep they were until Seth didn’t make the 1st jump and went into the ditch completely disappearing. I too did not make this 1st jump and determined the ditches to be about 5-5 1/2 feet deep.
All the other usual obstacles were there including a spear throw, rope climbs, balance logs, and sand bag carries, this year also included some tire flipping, which no one at CFP had a problem with. Before I go over the results I just wanted to let you know about the way the Spartan Race is “scored”. Like other “races” the Spartan Race series is scored with a timer. All participants are asked to try each obstacle once, if they mess up, 30 burpees are supposed to be done. However if you can run through the entire course without messing up obviously this would help your time. I would like it if there was some other penalty like, if you don’t get an obstacle the first time you try it again, and again, and again until you either get it or after say like 5 attempts you are aloud to move on. I saw a number of participants start their 30 burpees and after about 5 get up and start walking to the next obstacle. And if that wasn’t bad enough the “burpee” that most everyone was doing should be described more as a bend and thrust than a burpee.
CFP Race Team Results
I would be remised if I didn’t mention that there was also a kid’s obstacle course race which was a ½ mile long with obstacles and a hill that was just as step as anything the adults had to do. 3 kids from CrossFit Providence participated and represented CrossFit Providence well. These kids were Allison Needham, Nicole Needham and little Ryan T!
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