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Tri-State Beast and Ultra Weekend

Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon NJ - 04/28-29/18

This was the first beast run of the year and I was super excited about it. Also happens to be the same place I ran my first beast ever. That is where I learned that any event held at a ski mountain is going to be much harder than normal. The Spartan folks take full advantage of the mountain and send you up and down it several times. If I can sum up this weekend in a few words it would be "could have done without the second lap".

Saturday I meet up with a few guys from Baltimore I know and we all ran together. Saturday’s race was fantastic. Weather was perfect and I managed to complete 100% of the obstacles. Only thing I was mad about was that I forgot to wear my GPS watch for the race. Since I had camped onsite Friday night I got the bright idea to stay on site Saturday night and run the beast again on Sunday. Woke up early Sunday and felt good so I made why way over the registration tent and signed up to run in the age group category. With the season pass it only cost 15 dollars to run again so I figured why not. The weather wasn’t nearly as nice on Sunday. I expected the distance to be a problem, 28+ miles in two days is lot for me. Turns out the issue was my upper body. I just didn’t have any grip strength on day 2. Failed so many obstacles and the additional burpees didn’t help. I remembered my GPS watch this time, so it wasn’t a complete loss. I also have a better idea of what an ultra-beast might be like. Overall I am glad I ran a second race, but my performance was comical.

RV/Camping:
Friday night I camped at my favorite spot, Walmart. Didn't know it at the time but that other RV was a fellow Spartan Racer. Saw them the next day leaving the event.



Saturday night I camped in the event parking lot. I was way off in the corner and it turned out to be a nice spot. Late Saturday a storm rolled through and really dropped some hard rain. It was very loud in the RV. The next day during the sand bag carry, I found out the racers that were still on the field at the time had to leave the course. Not sure if they got to go back and finish or not. That would be very disappointing to have to quit in the middle. It did explain why so many people had abandon their sandbags. Typically, you see a few from people who gave up, but this time there were tons of them laying around. Made a comment to the guy next to me and he told me how people were pulled from the course. I really like camping on site and no one seems to care. For Race weekends it is really nice to wake up and be onsite already. It also keeps me from having to pay for parking both days.



Race Times Saturday
Category First Name Last Name Age Gender Overall In Gender In Age Group Time
Elite
Fastest Male Elite Ryan Kempson 29 M 1 1 1 2:21:16
Fastest Female Elite Cali Schweikhart 21 F 29 1 1 3:03:35
Age Group
Fastest Male Age Group Mark Neilan 42 M 1 1 1 2:47:17
Fastest Female Age Group Courtney King 47 F 59 1 1 4:00:08
Open
Fastest Male Open Captain Estevez 36 M 1 1 1 2:49:47
Fastest Female Elite Debbie Koch 46 F 68 1 1 3:40:21
My time Open Mark Koch 40 M 146 134 19 4:20:50
Race Times Saturday
Category Time
Elite
Fastest Male Elite 2:21:16
Fastest Female Elite 3:03:35
Age Group
Fastest Male Age Group 2:47:17
Fastest Female Age Group 4:00:08
Open
Fastest Male Open 2:49:47
Fastest Female Open 3:40:21
My time Open 4:20:50
Race Times Sunday
Category First Name Last Name Age Gender Overall In Gender In Age Group Time
Elite
Fastest Male Elite Victor Quezada 29 M 1 1 1 2:42:10
Fastest Female Elite Sara Korba 31 F 7 1 1 3:12:11
Age Group
Fastest Male Age Group Frank DiPasquale 33 M 1 1 1 2:51:27
Fastest Female Age Group Chrystal Thibedau 40 F 21 1 1 3:29:41
My time Age Group Mark Koch 40 M       4:29:49 (GPS Watch time)
Open
Fastest Male Open Akash Garg 38 M 1 1 1 2:59:15
Fastest Female Open Sarha Williams 30 F 31 1 1 4:05:27
Race Times Sunday
Category Time
Elite
Fastest Male Elite 2:42:10
Fastest Female Elite 3:12:11
Age Group
Fastest Male Age Group 2:51:27
Fastest Female Age Group 3:29:41
My time Age Group 4:29:49
Open
Fastest Male Open 2:59:15
Fastest Female Open 4:05:27

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