Written by Cody Moat
The Utah Beast started with a bang when John Yatsko started fast from the beginning. I knew he was going to go out fast and push the pace because that’s the way he likes to race. I was happy that I would be able to go out fast without having to push the pace myself. So I started out on John’s shoulder and within the first mile we had started up the mountain and had gotten a substantial lead on the field.
I knew judging from the pace that it would be a battle the whole way. And it was a battle through the first 4-5 miles at-least up until we hit the spear throw. John came into the spear throw first and picked up the spear and hit. I think maybe I was too concerned about whether he would hit or miss instead of about my own spear throwing or maybe I was a little over-confident. My spear grazed the edge of the hay bale and broke out without sticking. So I did burpees while John ran away unscathed.
Then throughout the rest of the race, John and I stayed pretty equal the whole way. So what should have been a great race was quickly turned sour with the spear throw. So John finished in 1:41. and I finished in 1:43 and 3rd place went to Glenn Racz.
I would like to congratulate John Yatsko on an incredible victory. I would like to thank Spartan for putting on such a great event. I would also like to thank Inov-8 for their shoes and Gnarly for my recovery protein.