2016 Montreal Spartan Race Super

2016 Montreal Spartan Super
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The 2016 Montreal Spartan Race Super was held on July 30. I signed up for the 10am heat (2nd Open heat, after the elite and competitor class heats). After a very short 1.5 hour drive through some absolutely beautiful Vermont and Canadian scenery, I arrived at the event located at the Owl’s Head Ski & Golf Resort in Mansonville, Quebec.

I arrive a bit earlier than expected, I thought it would take closer to 2 hours than 1.5 hours and it was very, very easy to find parking (which based on other races usually took an additional 30+ minutes). The village/vendors/check-in area was very small compared to other races. Additionally, there wasn’t as many spectators or crowds as other races. It was also really nice to bump into a handful of friends from my local CrossFit gym.
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2016 Boston Spartan Race Sprint

2015 Boston Spartan Sprint
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The 2016 Boston Spartan Race Sprint was held on June 4 and 5. I originally signed up for the elite/competitor’s grouping early in the morning, but soon realized that I couldn’t make the start time, so I changed my heat until the afternoon. After a nearly 4 hour drive, I arrived at the event located at the Carter & Stevens Farm in Barre, Massachusetts.

I arrived two hours early as noted in the instructions, but maybe next time I’ll just arrive an hour or so early. One thing that I quickly realized was that there was not enough shade or tents. Being a red-head, fair skinned guy, I was lucky that I brought my sunscreen and I applied generously hoping that the application wouldn’t grease my hands too much. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be sunburned by the time this blog entry is posted.
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List of Vermont birding resources

Bald Eagle over Shelburne Bay

Over the last several months, I’ve been taking some wildlife photography of mostly birds. While winter isn’t the best birding season, I’ve been able to photograph quite a few species that’s visiting from the north during the colder weather. I’ve also spotted eight bald eagles in the last month near the Lake Champlain’s coast (three of those were within a couple blocks of my house while walking my dog).

Here’s a few resources for those starting out with birding/bird photography in Vermont that’s been super useful to me:
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Vermont Pub & Brewery

Part 8 of many. View the start of my Vermont Brewery Challenge here.

To most, the Vermont Pub & Brewery is the heart of the Vermont craft beer establishment. The founder established the brew pub after lobbying the Vermont legislature for three years in an effort legalize brewpubs. He also wrote several books and articles on brewing. His brew pub became a place where he could experiment with different concepts in small batches that help kick start and energize the craft beer business in Vermont.

I’ve visited the brewpub a couple times before, but that was before I knew about the Vermont Brewery Challenge, so I decided to stop by, have a beer, and get my Vermont Brewer’s Passport Card stamped.

A few days before my visit, the first batch of beer brewed exclusively with Vermont raised hops (part of the University of Vermont’s All Vermont-Grains and Hops Project). The first beer was a Rye IPA and I was looking forward to trying it out, but when I arrived they informed me that it sold out within two days and that the next batch will be arriving soon, so I ordered a Bombay Grab IPA.
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