HomeNewsArticle Display

MTANG members compete in Spartan Sprint

Race participants carry 60 pound bags of sand up and down a hillside during the 2013 Spartan Sprint held near Bigfork, Mont. May 11.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brett McCloney)

Race participants carry 60 pound bags of sand up and down a hillside during the 2013 Spartan Sprint held near Bigfork, Mont. May 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brett McCloney)

Race participants pose with their medals at the finish of the 2013 Spartan Sprint held near Bigfork, Mont. May 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt Brett McCloney)

Race participants pose with their medals at the finish of the 2013 Spartan Sprint held near Bigfork, Mont. May 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt Brett McCloney)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Approximately 50 members of the Montana Air National Guard participated in the 2013 Montana Spartan Sprint held near Big Fork, Mont. May 11. The Guardsmen competing in the event formed teams that included representatives from the 120th Fighter Wing and the 219th RED HORSE Squadron.

The Spartan Race website bills the event as the world's leading obstacle race series. The participants must prepare for the unknown as course maps are not published and the racers do not get advanced information on the types or locations of obstacles.

Race organizers selected the race site based on the difficult terrain that it offered. The Spartan Sprint featured over four miles of formidable obstacles which demanded that athletes climb ropes, crawl through sections of mud and under barbed wire, jump through flames, scale 7-foot walls and carry 60-pound bags of sand up hillsides.

The Air National Guard has been the Spartan Sprint's main military sponsor since 2011. MTANG recruiters were on hand during the event to provide encouragement to the participants and offer recruiting information to interested racers.

"I think it's important that the Air National Guard participates and supports these types of events for multiple reasons," said Tech Sgt. Jason White, MTANG Production Recruiter.  "This is a great way to tell the Air National Guard story to the public and show that we support the community and state."

120th Security Forces Squadron member Senior Airman Jason Spring, first found out about the Spartan Sprint when he read an event flyer that was posted in the base gym. He researched additional race materials on the internet and thought it would be a fun event to enter.

He considered the event to be more of a mental challenge than a physical one.

"I think it's more of a mind thing than anything," he said. "For me, you can run around a track and you know where your ending is at, so when you start getting close to the end you can actually push it a little bit harder. It seemed that every time I would think I was getting close to the ending I'd push myself a little bit more and it just seemed like it kept going and going."

Next year's Spartan Sprint will again be held near Big Fork. Spring encourages unit members to consider entering the challenging event.

"It's a huge confidence builder," Spring said. "It makes you feel good, it makes you stand tall and everybody's in good nature and happy."

More than 3390 individuals signed up to compete in this year's Spartan Sprint. The participants finished the race in times ranging from 55 minutes to more than 5 hours.
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.