If you were to combine the sun, brutal obstacles and a muddy, sandy course designed for off-road motorbikes, you would have the venue that was waiting for many participants at the 2017 Spartan Games. At the Mesquite MX Park in Littlefield, Arizona, the Reebok Spartan Race challenged those brave enough to tackle a venue that typically requires engines and wheels.
The Reebok Spartan Sprint is their shortest course and perfect for athletes of all levels. The 3-plus mile track packs more than 20 signature Spartan obstacles into the days’ race. Obstacles include mud, fire, walls and barbed wire along with some venue specific and terrain inspired obstacles.
Alana Lee Burns, former Miss Nevada 2011, joined the races for the first and last time this year. Burns wrote “We are SPAAARTAAAAAAAA!!!!! I kicked butt and got my butt kicked… What more can I say? There won’t be a next time but if there was I 1) would definitely train more, and 2) would definitely still require my husband to run it with me to assist me on all of the obstacles again.”
Burns handed over her crown on the stage at the Casablanca showroom to the newly crowned Miss Nevada in 2012. Since then she has been busy completing her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Mass Communications at Dixie State University and is now a real estate broker with Lux Estates. She is a former News Anchor/reporter for KCSG and Sun News. Lee has studied abroad in Armagh, Ireland, and has lived in Monte Carlo, Monaco. She is a wife and new mother but don’t let all that girly stuff fool you, she’s as tough as they come and proved it at the 2017 Spartan Games.
Burns was a force to be reckoned with and had an impressive finish, completing the course in just 3:03:17 and 948 out of 4,147 participants. She finished 208 out of 1,661 females and 45 of 207 in her category of 25-29-year-old females.
Her team consisted of five people: Debbie Juden, Ryann Juden, Casey Lee, Alana Burns, Travis Burns. The team name was “Scott’s Tots” named after a funny episode of the “Office” per Burns.
Burns may not be ready to face another Spartan challenge but the game are offered at many venues worldwide. They even offer special courses geared toward the Jr. Spartan racers.
Per the Reebok website, “Training for a Reebok Spartan Race is no joke. Consider the months-long, cardiovascular-centric training programs that go into a standard 5k, 10k or half-marathon. Now think about the 15 to 30 obstacles that will challenge your strength, balance and coordination in addition to your endurance during a Spartan Race.
Your approach to training must be different. You’ll need to implement a functional training program designed to develop every aspect of your fitness—increasing your muscular strength and endurance.”
The web site offers free training tips and a guide to help you train for the next Spartan Races. For more information on the Reebok Spartan Games visit their website: http://www.reebok.com/en-US/Blog/2015-06/A-Training-Plan-for-Your-First-or-Next-Reebok-Spartan-Race/?cm_sp=BRAND-_-REEBOK+SPARTAN+RACE_CAROUSEL_SLOT1-_-LEARN_MORE