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October 4, 2013

Team Burgh offers network, motivation for exercise

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The page shares pictures and advice, or even the week’s workout plan for those who can’t make it to the training.

“We like to call ourselves a grassroots team. We built this team; we know all the people,” Faville said.

A LOT OF GEAR

Team Burgh has quadrupled membership in the last year, which means the group has enough to sign up as a team at races, which allows the members a discount. Twenty-eight signed up to compete in the Spartan Beast contest held recently in Killington, Vt. 

Running as a team can also have benefits on the course.

“You can partner up with people on your team who run the same pace as you. Everyone on our team has a different pace,” Faville said.

Having a partner is helpful, especially for a hand up an 8- or 10-foot wall.

“Sometimes, no matter how hard you train, you need a boost,” Faville said.

SPONSORS SOUGHT

The group is looking for sponsors, as entry fees can be upward of $200 per person. Gear for running obstacle-course races can also rack up bills.

“There’s a lot of fitted gear involved in doing a lot of these races,” Faville said.

Runners need trail-specific shoes that can survive mud and a variety of intense obstacles.

The Spartan Beast, for example, has only one water station throughout the race, and it takes the average person about seven hours to complete the race. So a hydration pack is necessary and possibly a headlamp. 

“Everybody has their own goals,” Faville said. “Some people have a time goal, and some people just want to finish.”

For more information, call Phillips-Leclerc at 593-3525 or search for Spartan Team Burgh on Facebook.

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