This Motivation Monday comes from the amazing Coach Michael, who is now a SPARTAN AMBASSADOR! If you are interested in Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) there are a bunch of ways to get started right way with Gumsaba. This sport is super fun, and there is distances from 2-26 miles, so its really for everyone. Please read below and contact us if you want to get in on the action! AROO, Coach Michelle

Spartan Race – San Jose 3/24-3/25.  The closest Spartan Race event to where we live is coming up the weekend of March 24th & 25th. The event takes place at Diablo Grande, near Patterson, CA. Yes – it’s confusing that it’s labeled as San Jose and really nowhere near that city.

There are 2 race distances to tackle at this race, the SPRINT is recommended for newbies.
Super – 8-10 Miles, ~25 obstacles – March 24th
Sprint – 3-5 Miles, ~20 obstacles – March 25th 
If you’re interested in joining us, already planning on racing, or have questions about what to expect, please feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to help where I can. I am certified Spartan Obstacle Specialist (SOS), so I can help you with obstacle technique or some training ideas to help you get through the obstacles successfully.

Spartan Workout Tour Irvington High School – Fremont 2/11 @ 9-11am. If you’re planning on tackling a Spartan Race this year, there is a Spartan sponsored workout on 2/11 hosted by my friends that run Mission Peak Spartans in Fremont. They’ve built a lot of the Spartan obstacles at Irvington High School and you should have opportunity to try some of them before/after the workout.  You can sign-up via and it costs $10 per person.

Spartan Endurance – Hurricane Heat San Jose 3/24 – Also at the Diablo Grande during the evening of 3/24.  These are my favorite type of Spartan events. If you never heard anything about them, there is a good primer on In a nutshell, it is as 4+ hour team based event with Boot Camp Physical Training, coupled with small/large group problem solving. If you’ve heard any scary stories about it, don’t believe the hype. Most of you are physically capable of participating due to your current training and because the event is very team-focused, you will get plenty of support and motivation from your team. If you’re interested in joining me or have questions, feel free to reach out. If there’s enough interest, I’d be happy to organize a Hurricane Heat themed training to give you a flavor of what to expect.

Spartan AT&T Park Sprint Gumsaba Team 12/1 – We have quite a few people interested in this race. Learn more about this race and sign up HERE – make sure to join existing team “Gumsaba”!

Thank you! Aroo!