Shepparton athletes are set to put their bodies through when the tackle the Spartan Race ''Ultra Beast'' marathon on Saturday.By Matthew Galea
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Welcome to Spartan Race’s ‘‘Ultra Beast’’.
Shepparton athletes Mat Reid, Troy Tremellen, Michael Chalmers, Matthew McDowall and Burke Flynn will take on that beast on Saturday when they take part in Australia’s first full-length obstacle marathon, which will be in NSW’s Blue Mountains.
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‘‘We’ve been putting in 15 hours (of training a week),’’ Reid said.
‘‘Everyone’s feeling really fit and really strong and we’ve been working on weaknesses, so we’re all feeling pretty good.’’
Reid said while all five had competed in Spartan races before, this one had been particularly difficult to prepare for.
‘‘They don’t let you know what all the obstacles are and the terrain will also be difficult,’’ Reid said.
‘‘It’s all flat here so it’s hard to prepare for what we’ll face in the Blue Mountains, so we’ve actually been going to Mt Major three days a week to run.’’
The Dirty Fighters, as they have named themselves, will race as individuals on the day and have set themselves a goal of eight hours and 30 minutes to complete the mammoth race, but are allowing no more than 10 hours to get through.
‘‘We’ve got to be fully self-sufficient,’’ Reid said.
‘‘We’ll be running with back packs that have water, food and all that sort of stuff as well, so we’re not running in our shorts.’’
As if that’s not difficult enough, the punishment of 30 burpees awaits anyone who fails an obstacle throughout the race.
‘‘There should be about 100 obstacles, so technically, you could end up doing 3000 burpees,’’ Reid said.
Certainly more than enough motivation to ensure the obstacles are done properly.
Saturday’s race will start at 7
‘‘It’s going to be a long day,’’ Reid said.
‘‘We’ve got a couple of guys who have a bit of a cold, but it’s just one of those things.
‘‘We’re well and truly pumped.’’
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