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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
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(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
4
Located only six miles from downtown Salinas near the town of Monterey, Toro Park is a vast, sprawling venue covering almost 5,000 acres. With punishing hills, fields and prairies as well as many picturesque wooded areas, it’s easy to understand why this venue is a favorite amongst Spartans. This course’s … MORE
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    fabe46 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Very steep uphills and down hills. Was in so much pain. Luckily I had my buddy with me. If you trying to speed through, not likely. Lots of narrow paths … MORE

    Very steep uphills and down hills. Was in so much pain. Luckily I had my buddy with me. If you trying to speed through, not likely. Lots of narrow paths so you get stuck behind people, forced to go to their speed. Been a while since I did a Spartan race. Two or three new obstscles to me. The venue was okay.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    Solupia FIRST-TIMER '16

    This is my second Spartan Race. My first was the Lake Tahoe Beast. This is a lot easier in comparison. Course layout: This is a hilly course with multiple steep … MORE

    This is my second Spartan Race. My first was the Lake Tahoe Beast. This is a lot easier in comparison.

    Course layout: This is a hilly course with multiple steep terrain, but totally doable. Since I have done the World Championship course, the amount of incline here is insignificant in comparison. I gave a 3/5 for difficulty. Please note that there are multiple loose dirt steep downhill. If you are not used to running downhill will minimum footing, it could be a difficult course for you to finish. For those who are competitive, you may have trouble passing people due to narrow trail and slow-down at some steep downhill area. You’ll better be ready to scream “RUNNER!!!” multiple time unless you get to be in the front pack of elite wave. Unfortunately, even in competitive wave, there are still way too many people walking the hills. That really slow me down when I can’t pass them off easily.

    Obstacles: There’s no fire in this year’s race. I don’t know about the history though. You can expect the usual with walls, bucket and dunk. After the Tahoe experience of bucket, I think this bucket obstacle is much doable, shorter hill to climb and gravels instead of semi-wet dirt. Personally I still hate the barbed wire, because I get super dizzy from rolling on my side. Thank God, it’s not as long as the one in Tahoe, otherwise, I would have thrown up. You may want to figure out a tactic for motion sickness or crawl you way through instead.

    Scenery: The course is primarily chaparral and grassland with sparse oak woodland. Honestly, once the race starts, I hardly focus on the scenery but rather making sure I have the proper footing to avoid injury or tripping over. Therefore, I don’t think I would be a fair judge of the scenery. But again I was not there to hike, I was there for the obstacle course to challenge myself.

    Race production: The bib pick-up was quick. The only thing worth mentioning is that waiver is provided on-site to be signed. I printed out mine, but they said they revised it. This happened at the Lake Tahoe Beast, too. Basically, the online waiver version is useless if they keep revising it last minute. Just be there early enough to sign the waiver. Due to no parking at the actual course, parking is elsewhere and people must take a shuttle to get in. If you do your homework and read the email, you would have known that and be prepared for an early arrival. I had to wake up at 3pm to start driving. Next time, I should have stay at somewhere nearby.

    Swag: You get a finisher medal along with a T-shirt. I love the quality of their T-shirt. It’s soft and fitted and comfortable. You also get a slice of the Trifecta medal. Collect 3 of different pieces to complete the medal.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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