311th Signal takes on Spartan Race

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 311th Signal Command (Theater) compete in the annual Spartan Race at Kualoa Ranch on Saturday, Aug. 15. The 12+ mile course includes over 30 obstacles for runners to navigate over. (Photo by Tyler Ogoshi; 311th SC(T))

Soldiers from the 311th Signal Command (Theater) compete in the annual Spartan Race at Kualoa Ranch on Saturday, Aug. 15. The 12+ mile course includes over 30 obstacles for runners to navigate over. (Photo by Tyler Ogoshi; 311th SC(T))

Tyler Ogoshi
311th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs

WINDWARD OAHU — Flecks of mud flew through the air, kicked up by the runner in front, and beads of sweat streaked down foreheads, cutting clean paths through grimy faces, if only momentarily.

Mud, sweat, blood and the occasional tear were just a few of the factors that those participating in the annual Reebok Spartan Race Hawaii encountered during the two-day event at Kualoa Ranch, here, Aug. 15-16.

Capt. Mark Bonaudi scales the slanted rope wall, just one of the dozens of obstacles runners had to navigate through. (Photo by Shanna Bonaudi)

Capt. Mark Bonaudi scales the slanted rope wall, just one of the dozens of obstacles runners had to navigate through. (Photo by Shanna Bonaudi)

For a handful of Soldiers from the 311th Signal Command (Theater), the Spartan Race would mark the culmination of weeks of volunteering and training.

“The tremendous effort from all of the 311th volunteers made the race possible for the thousands of participants from all over the world,” said Capt. Jerome Adamczyk of the 311th SC(T).

In the week leading up to the event, 15 Soldiers from the 311th SC(T) volunteered to help Spartan Race Hawaii prepare the course for the thousands of participants who would be attending the race from around the world.

Overall, the group accumulated over 250 hours of volunteer time at the Kualoa Ranch, assisting in activities such as loading/unloading and delivering gear and obstacles, setting up obstacles, grooming the course (weed whacking, machetes, removing sludge from swamp), registration packet handout and other minor tasks.

Six Soldiers from the 311th SC(T) ran the Beast, a more than 12 mile course with over 30 obstacles, on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Obstacles that runners had to face included a swamp crawl, cargo net climb, atlas stone carry, sandbag carry, tire pull, rope climb, river run, wall climbs, spear throw and monkey bars.

Capt. Jerome Adamczyk hurls a spear at a target during one of the obstacles at the Spartan Race. (Photo by Shanna Bonaudi)

Capt. Jerome Adamczyk hurls a spear at a target during one of the obstacles at the Spartan Race. (Photo by Shanna Bonaudi)

“The most exciting part of the race was completing the 20 foot rope climb and finishing the race with the team,” said Capt. Mark Bonaudi, 311th SC(T). “The most difficult part of the race was having patience to deal with the choke points. There were multiple single file trails that you simply had to wait for the person in front of you to go. That was difficult.”

Overall, the Spartan Race was a huge success, with runners representing dozens of states and countries around the world. Despite the physical hardship of the event, the race itself served as an outstanding team-building event.

“(The race) will challenge anyone of any physical fitness level, but in the end it is mentally tough,” said Bonaudi. “The comradery that develops during the event makes it worth the physical pain associated with running, jumping, climbing, crawling and carrying for 14 miles up and down the Oahu mountains!”

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