I vowed I would never do another Spartan and yet a few weeks later I am climbing up the relentless hills of Brimacombe, Ontario. Located between Toronto and Kingston it was an easy 2 hour drive to get the the race venue. Parking ($15.00) was a bit disorganized and this seems to be one of the downfalls of these large events. We were directed towards a lower field and parked in the middle of the field. For those coming in from the west it was a traffic jam along Highway 18 trying to get into the parking areas. After a short walk up towards the base village we headed to registration where there was more confusion as to which lines to pick for race kit pick up. All the lines were 30-40 people deep and we had about 45 minutes until our heat was to start. It was a bit stressful, but once we were registered we still had time to head to the bag drop $5.00 and then for a quick bladder break before making our way to the start line. Each Spartan is to hop over the entry wall and await instructions from the MC. We opted for the Competitive heat this time so we could head out before the heat really set it. It was a comfortable 18 degrees when we started off. As with any Spartan it was the same series of changes in elevations and we tackled the 6.4KM course with 8 climbs up and down the mountain. This event had more mud involved which slowed some racers down a bit. The obstacles are standard with walls, crawls, barbed wire, carries of buckets, sandbags and the infamous cinder block drag up and down the hill attached to a chain. The volunteers were quick to chastise you if you did not complete the full burpees when an obstacle was missed and kept racers as honest as they could. The vendor village was well laid out and there were hose off stations beside nice tented change rooms when the race was over. It is suggested to bring water with you along the course however, they do have stations along the route. Prizes for top 3 finishers and this is a qualifying event for the OCR World Championships being held this fall in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Gloves are recommended for some climbs and carries and long socks were not needed.