, Newburyport, MA


August 12, 2013

Through mud, through fire, through barbed wire

Spartan Race draws 18,000 in Amesbury


As many of his fellow Spartans did, Steelman chose the shorter, tougher route because he’s not much for taking it easy.

“I like the competition, even though we were all working together,” said Steelman. “The rock climbing, just going over all the walls, I just absolutely love that kind of stuff. I like challenging myself. I think this was easier than the 10-mile because of the obstacles. You could have fun with it. You’re more engaged and just the thought of being a Spartan helped a lot.”

Not to be outdone, two Masco students were also tackling their first Spartan Race on Saturday.

“It was pretty awesome,” said Alex Robinson, 16, who chose the long route. “The barbed wire was pretty hard. I cut myself up a bit.”

“It was intense,” said Ryan Nee, 15, who, being a football player, also went long. “The 8-foot-wall (was scary).”

Morris said one of the biggest attractions for racers is being able to be a kid again and play in the mud. But Steelman said he appreciated being able to get that mud off him at the end of the race more than rolling around in it.

“I loved the showers, when they hose you down,” said Steelman. “Because you’ve gotten drenched in mud and that was one of the toughest parts, just being covered in mud all the time, especially when you’re all together, going under the barbed wire, through the mud. You do the first 10 yards, then you go up a little hill and you think you’re done. Then you see that you still have 40 yards of that stuff. It’s scary, too, because I caught my shirt on the wire and was lucky enough to catch it. But everybody is trying to help you through it. A lot of people are helping you over the walls. Everyone is trying to help each other out.”

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