A Day at the Ball Park – Spartan Stadium Series AT&T Park Sprint Review

Take Me Out to the Ball Park


AT&T-Stadium-Sprint-Stadium-View

Home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park is situated in downtown San Francisco right on the San Francisco Bay with a beautiful view overlooking the water. This view was highlighted from the top of the rope climb; located in the stands above right field which overlooks McCovey Cove. Fun fact: home runs hit into “The Cove” are known, unsurprisingly, as “splash hits.”

AT&T-Stadium-Sprint-Rope-Climb

This was my first Spartan Stadium Race, but I had done my research beforehand as well as watched the Spartan live stream that morning. I felt prepared and honestly, most of the reviews that I had read of the Spartan Stadium Race Series indicated that they were the easiest of all Spartan race types.

This was an interesting race for me. It was the first race where going as fast as I could wasn’t my goal. My ultimate goal was to help a first time Spartan, and good friend, not only complete the course but actually enjoy himself. Running with my friend allowed me to really take in the venue and focus on how this race was laid out. This gave me a unique perspective on the course design.

Batting OrderAT&T-Stadium-Sprint-Obstacle-List

From my perspective, I thought it was a fast and furious course with few potential hang-ups. Once the Spearman was completed it was essentially a time trial for the rest of the course.

From the other perspective, and the focus of this article, I saw a course designed to exhaust untrained/new racers. Having the Spearman (the most failed obstacle) as the 2nd obstacle on the course, it was almost guaranteed that anyone who was not prepared for this race was going to be pumping out 30 burpees early on. Shortly after the Spearman, there were multiple low crawls up an incline and then the Z-Wall. For someone unpracticed in grip strength and balance, the Z-Wall can be a difficult obstacle. For these people, they are looking at 60 potential burpees within the first 5 obstacles.

The Z-Wall was followed by more stairs and then 20 slam balls before you could move on. While the slam balls aren’t difficult from a technique perspective, it really ramps up the heart rate. Moving on from the slam balls there were more low crawls followed by low crawls, and once again… Low crawls. It seriously felt as if we were going to low crawl from the very bottom of the stadium to the top (and we may have). Once we made it through all the low crawls we just had to clear the 8-foot wall before the sandbag carry.

Foul Ball 

In my opinion, the sandbag carry, which was really a Spartan pancake, was by far the most difficult obstacle in this race. Not because of weight or distance or any actual factor relating to the obstacle, but because of the DISGUSTING stench of the sandbags. These things smelt rancid. Even as I approached the sandbag carry I could smell them from a good ten yards away. At first, I thought I had come upon a group of Spartans that did not believe in personal hygiene, but I could not have been more wrong. The carry was only a short route and yet nobody wanted those things anywhere close to their body. That scent attached itself to any body part or piece of clothing that it came in contact with. I do not know what Spartan did to make them smell so terrible, but there were people at the end of this struggle that were on the verge of vomiting.

Once everyone’s stomach settled from the smell of the sandbags, we did some more stairs and approached the box jump obstacle. This was another obstacle that wasn’t necessarily difficult in terms of strategy, but rather conditioning. My one issue with this obstacle was the lack of coordination between volunteers. Some volunteers would tell Spartans to stand straight up after jumping on the box while other volunteers just let people do it however they wanted.

Seventh Inning Stretch 

Up and down some more stairs (it’s a Stadium Sprint – shocker, right?) and there was the rope climb. Really the only reason to discuss this obstacle was the view. I finished my rope climb quickly, but my friend was unable to make it to the top and had to do his burpees. Being the good friend that I am, I enjoyed the view while he did all his burpees. I actually did offer to do some for him, but he wanted to do it all on his own no matter how long it took, which definitely earned him added respect from me.

AT&T-Stadium-Sprint-Assault-Bike

After a couple of staple Spartan obstacles – the Atlas carry and Herc hoist – there was a brand new obstacle: the assault bike. This was another take your heart rate through the roof type of obstacle. Burn 10 calories and then move on. Simple enough, but being so close to the end of the course, a lot of people were already exhausted. Right around the corner from the assault bike was the jump rope. 20 revolutions to advance. The only caveat being that you had to have an exercise band wrapped around your ankles. This was more of a nuisance than any real added difficulty.

AT&T-Stadium-Sprint-Multi-Rig

The Multi Rig was next and turned out to be a tricky obstacle due to the fact that the rings/baseballs were hanging precariously low to the padding. Being 6’2” myself and my friend being 6’3”, this made things more difficult for us and it was crucial to keep our knees up and arms bent in order to complete this obstacle.

Sliding Into Home Plate

There were only a few more obstacles left to finish the race: the A-frame cargo, some military hurdles, a couple walls and then the gladiator. I have only been doing Spartan races for a couple of years now, but I have read that they used to have actually “gladiators” at the end of a race that you had to get past. Unfortunately, now they just have some punching bags hanging from a structure that you need to run through.

AT&T-Stadium-Sprint-Hurdles

Going back to my perspective, I found the course to really be too easy. I completed the race burpee free, and I didn’t feel like there were any true challenges. With that being said, I did enjoy it and would love to do another Spartan Stadium Race. Plus, the medals are really cool.

I did regret not being able to run the course as fast as I could. In hindsight, I could have run it earlier in the day and then run again with my friend. More importantl, though, I was able to introduce another person to Spartan races and he is already talking about signing up for his next race! No matter what time I could have run on my own, I consider this a far better result.

AT&T-Stadium-Sprint-Medals

Spartan Points Series Champs And Payouts

At the end of December, we published BattleFrog’s first ever points series and payouts. Today, we are publishing the latest from Spartan Race and their point series. Although Spartan has been handing out end of the year prizes and awards since 2012, it appears with all the bruhaha of Tahoe and the rest of the championship races, it was never announced who took home their end of the year loot.

Some results were what most OCR fans expected:
Top Elites: Amelia, Rose, and April are the top three women. Cody, Atkins and Brakken are the top three men.

Some results, on the other hand,  were surprising:
Yuri Force and Spartan OG, Elliott Megquier both finished ahead of Hunter McIntyre.

Also, the top 3 men in the Stadium Point Series are dudes you probably haven’t heard of:
Welcome to the Big Time Kiaran, Randall, and Jeremy.

Have a peek back at those BattleFrog payouts, there are very few names on both the Spartan and BF lists, especially near the top. Is this because The Battlers want to avoid The Spartan Pro Team? Or, has it just been a matter of racers choosing one horse and riding that one all year? It will be interesting to observe as BF jumps from 15 races to 44 in 2016.

Final Spartan standings and cash payouts are below. Along with the cash prize, everyone on these lists receives a Spartan “Series T-Shirt” and “Spartan Series Hoodie”.

Spartan Stadium Point Series

M

1

1271

KIARAN MCCORMACK

$4,000.00

M

2

1260

RANDALL BRACE

$3,000.00

M

3

1167

JEREMY ANDRZEJEWSKI

$2,000.00

F

1

1267

KARLEE WHIPPLE

$4,000.00

F

2

1105

ROBIN FONTAINE

$3,000.00

F

3

838

JACKIE LANDMARK

$2,000.00

 

Elite 2015 Standard Point Series

M

1

1530

Cody Moat

$4,000.00

M

2

1498

Ryan Atkins

$3,000.00

M

3

1497

Brakken Kraker

$2,000.00

M

4

1492

Chad Trammell

$1,300.00

M

5

1492

Ryan Kent

$1,200.00

M

6

1489

Robert Killian

$1,100.00

M

7

1481

Isaiah Vidal

$1,000.00

M

8

1477

Glenn Racz

$900.00

M

9

1460

Matt Novakovich

$800.00

M

10

1458

Ryan Woods

$700.00

M

11

1439

ian deyerle

$600.00

M

12

1427

Matthew Kempson

$500.00

M

13

1419

Yuri Force

$450.00

M

14

1418

Elliott Megquier

$400.00

M

15

1414

Hunter McIntyer

$350.00

M

16

1407

Ben Kinsinger

$350.00

M

17

1406

Ian Hosek

$300.00

M

18

1402

Miles Bartlett

$300.00

M

19

1387

Nathan Palmer

$300.00

M

20

1378

Victor Quezada

$200.00

M

21

1374

Mark Batres

$200.00

M

22

1372

Stephen Vassallo

$200.00

M

23

1371

Francis DiSomma

$150.00

M

24

1365

Brian Gowiski

$150.00

M

25

1363

Austin Azar

$150.00

M

26

1353

Junyong Pak

$100.00

M

27

1349

Chris Schapman

$100.00

M

28

1347

Ivan Santana

$100.00

M

29

1342

Brian Hoover

$50.00

M

30

1339

Charles Vassallo

$50.00

F

1

1524

Amelia Boone

$4,000.00

F

2

1498

Rose Wetzel

$3,000.00

F

3

1491

April Dee

$2,000.00

F

4

1470

Kio Paul

$1,300.00

F

5

1465

Alex Roudayna

$1,200.00

F

6

1457

Jackie Rust

$1,100.00

F

7

1451

Jackie Landmark

$1,000.00

F

8

1450

Kate Cramer

$900.00

F

9

1430

Laura Lunardi

$800.00

F

10

1415

Orla Marie Walsh

$700.00

F

11

1402

ashley seeger

$600.00

F

12

1382

Lauren Casavant

$500.00

F

13

1372

Cassidy Watton

$450.00

F

14

1362

Stephanie Clements

$400.00

F

15

1354

Laurel Shearer

$350.00

F

16

1343

Taylor Witkiewicz

$350.00

F

17

1341

Tiffanie Novakovich

$300.00

F

18

1339

Charlotte Curtis

$300.00

F

19

1335

Jolene Wilkinson

$300.00

F

20

1331

Kathleen Lanphear

$200.00

F

21

1326

Debbie Koch

$200.00

F

22

1323

Jenny Tobin

$200.00

F

23

1322

Ember Shmitt

$150.00

F

24

1309

Terra Jackson

$150.00

F

25

1298

Sue Luck

$150.00

F

26

1298

Jodie Fleming

$100.00

F

27

1297

Stephanie Hochman

$100.00

F

28

1276

Allison Tai

$100.00

F

29

1261

Melissa Berke

$50.00

F

30

1260

Deidre Nims

$50.00

F

30

1260

Deidre Nims

$50.00

Editor’s Note: We realize there are a few typos/errors in these charts. We’d rather get this great info out to you at 98%% correct than not at all. Spartan promised us corrections are on the way.

 

 

 


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