There seems to be a new “lets test my middle aged inner self” virus running rampant in North America and this was never more obvious than during a cold, windy, and snowy weekend in late September when the Spartan Race series touched down in Sun Peaks.
Thousands of competitors from around North America converged on Canada’s Alpine Village to test their fitness, their mental fortitude and their inner mettle. Braving conditions that would send bears into hibernation, wave after wave of Spartan Warriors tackled the 20 kilometre Beast and the 7 km Sprint extreme adventure circuits reminiscent of Navy SEAL training.
Over two days nearly 2,000 brave souls put their fear aside and their chests to the mud all in the name of being able to say, “I am a Spartan.”
Local Sun Peaks resident and mother of two, Terra Stebner, was one competitor who certainly pushed her personal comfort zone at the 7 km Sprint.
“We entered as a team from our business, and I thought it would be great for team building and for my own personal fitness — I need to get in shape and what a great way to kick start that, but boy was I surprised. Like really, how much uphill, can uphill be?” said Stebner with a laugh. “To be honest, the obstacles were really hard and without my husband’s back I probably wouldn’t have finished.
“At the time I was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m dumb enough to do this twice,’ but I think I would go again even though I’m still really sore. I hope Spartan can be back year after year as it was a really great event for Sun Peaks.”
For first time Spartan racer, Travis Abby, it was more of a dare that drew him into the Spartan field of battle and the
20 km Beast event.
“I got sucked in by an old friend of mine as his wife and daughter were doing it as well,” said Abby. “I thought, what the heck, and went and did it. The weather was really the worst part, the rain and then the snow up top made for a long cold and wet race, but at the end of the day I would do it again. I would be more realistic next time I think and only do the 7 km event but it was sure a great way to push you out of your comfort envelope.”
Representatives from Sun Peaks Resort, Tourism Sun Peaks and Spartan are currently looking at possible dates for next year.