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Cindy Hansen takes on the Spartan Sprint

“The words printed on our race packet warning us that the Spartan is a dangerous and demanding extreme sporting event that may result in death or catastrophic injury did not deter us,” Cindy Hansen of Warrenton told the Ear.

On Aug 2, pictured from left, Debbie Pierce (also of Warrenton), Cindy and Annette Fletcher King competed in the 2014 Pacific Northwest Spartan Sprint held at the Washougal (Wash.) Motocross Track.

“The event consisted of a 4.7-mile long mud and obstacle race course containing 20 obstacles,” Cindy explained, including “hoisting up 60-80 pound sand bags on a pulley, flipping huge truck tires over, throwing a spear, crawling through mud underneath barbed wire” and more, “similar to boot camp training.” The Ear needs a nap just thinking about it.

The ladies compete in “at least one or two events each month, nearly year around,” she noted, and encourages others to check out obstacle racing for “fitness and fun.”

“Mud and obstacle races are known first for their camaraderie and team spirit. You are never alone during a race and fellow mudders are always willing to lend a helping hand.” There’s only one caveat, as far as Cindy is concerned: “These events are addicting!”

“We have discovered that most friends and family members think that we’re crazy,” she added. “But the overwhelming sense of relief and personal fulfillment we experience at the end of a race, in addition to an awesome finisher’s medal, makes it all worthwhile.”  

­— Elleda Wilson



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