Race Preview: 2016 Spartan Sprint Portland (Washougal, WA) & DISCOUNT CODE

The Portland version of the Spartan Sprint is actually in Washougal, Washington. This is the 5th year in a row that this event has been held at the Washougal MX Park. The Spartan Sprint is a 3-5 mile course with 20-23 obstacles along the way. The actual course will not be revealed until right before race day, but with a mix of wooded trails and motocross track, expect a lot of ups and downs. Pro Spartan Racer Brakken Kraker had this to say about the Washougal course:

“[Washougal] was possibly the best overall course I’ve ever raced on. It had the perfect mix of steep and gradual climbing, technical descents, fast trails, and demanding obstacles. It balanced out the skill sets necessary to be successful in OCR, putting a wide mix of athletes together in the last mile.”

Although the obstacles are changed up regularly, you can expect to be climbing over walls and cargo nets, crawling through mud, traversing some type of “monkey bar” contraption, climbing rope, doing some heavy lifting and pulling, throwing a spear, and doing burpees. At Spartan Races, the penalty for being unable to complete an obstacle is 30 burpees. Unless you are an elite or competitive racer, you are allowed to have help from your fellow competitors with the various obstacles. Regardless, expect to do some burpees. Even the elite racers have to do them at times.

While this will be a challenging race, I encourage you to grab some friends and try this event. It is definitely not an easy 5K run, but you will be challenged, you will have fun, and you will walk away proud of yourself for accomplishing some things that you may have thought you couldn’t do. I’m looking forward to challenging myself on this course. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish this year.

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Portland Spartan Sprint Details

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016

Times: Sign up for your wave time at registration

Location: Washougal MX Park, 40205 NE Borin Rd, Washougal

Entry Fees: $109-$114 + insurance and processing fee

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (495 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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