Spartan Race returns to Idaho challenging competitors while impacting lives

Posted at 10:39 AM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 14:36:51-04

A local group from Champion Fitness Training in Meridian will tackle the Spartan Race that made its introduction in Idaho back in 2015 at Thomas Pence Ranch in Payette County.

For the last four years, the Spartan Race has challenged athletes with different military-style obstacles that build camaraderie among the competitors and can even change peoples lives.

“It keeps me sober, I’m going on four years of sobriety and I had to replace it with something," said Leonard Mechling. "I chose obstacle racing.”

Mechling has already competed in six Spartan Races this year, he's a member of Champion Fitness Training who will be representing Meridian with 35 racers.

“It’s in our backyard, this is where we live this is where we reside and this is where we play," said Jason Wanlass the owner of the gym. "It is also a very challenging course as well.”

The unique aspect of the race out at Thomas Pence Ranch is the elevation, the course will feature all the usual obstacles but competitors will need to be able to climb and sometimes while carrying a bucket of rocks or a sandbag.

Race director Jason Barnes and his crew have been working for a week to set up the race and it will act like a festival on Saturday with weekend warriors and a place for fans to check out the action.

For more information on the Spartan Race, including race times, fees and how to sign up, click here.