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Parksville’s Heather Powell pauses for a photo at the finish line of the SoCal Spartan race. - Photo submitted by Heather Powell
Parksville’s Heather Powell pauses for a photo at the finish line of the SoCal Spartan race.
— image credit: Photo submitted by Heather Powell

Parksville's Heather Powell can now claim Spartan status in extreme endurance racing, but she still has to drive the kids to school.

On Jan. 26, the 45-year-old married mother of two young daughters and owner/operator of Riverbend Resort, was in Temecula, California, where she tackled the SoCal Spartan Race and finished 32nd out of a field of 96 women in her age group; 265th out of the field of 990 female entires, and 1,751st overall out of the 3,871 runners who finished.

The course, located about two and a half hours southeast of Los Angeles around Vial Lake, and the race is one of many put on by Spartan Race throughout North America.

Large, well-organized events catering to those that crave the burn, this new generation of extreme endurance racing pushes those that would be Spartans to the brink — think uber-agility boot camp training courses from hell.

For every person who would say 'what the heck are they thinking?' though, there are a dozen more it seems that say 'bring it on.'

"I've never done anything like that before, ever," Powell said.

Parksville's Heather Powell can now claim Spartan status in extreme endurance racing, but she still has to drive the kids to school.

On Jan. 26, the 45-year-old married mother of two young daughters and owner/operator of Riverbend Resort, was in Temecula, California, where she tackled the SoCal Spartan Race and finished 32nd out of a field of 96 women in her age group; 265th out of the field of 990 female entires, and 1,751st overall out of the 3,871 runners who finished.

The course, located about two and a half hours southeast of Los Angeles around Vial Lake, and the race is one of many put on by Spartan Race throughout North America.

Large, well-organized events catering to those that crave the burn, this new generation of extreme endurance racing pushes those that would be Spartans to the brink — think uber-agility boot camp training courses from hell.

For every person who would say 'what the heck are they thinking?' though, there are a dozen more it seems that say 'bring it on.'

"I've never done anything like that before, ever," Powell said.

 

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