An interview with JJ from Spartan Race, Hawaii

International Obstacle Racing News   |   May 1, 2015

Hi JJ. Thanks for giving us your time.

Q: JJ, how long have you been involved in the Spartan Race?
A: I was hired as race director for the first race, which was August 2013.  

Q: Do you have a previous background in sports management?
A:  Yeah, I am director of Hololulu Marathon, Hololulu Triathlon and several other events, as well as Spartan. 

Q: Will the Trifecta courses be different to last year?
A: The actual courses will be the same but the obstacles will be moved around and there will be some new obstacles. It will be an epic course, lets put it that way!

Q: A lot of people do not realise the amount of time that goes into setting up courses? How long will it take you to set up the courses for the Trifecta weekend? 
A: At least 10 days.

Q: Are the rumours true that Hawaii is home to large, flesh eating Mountain Lions that like the taste of Australians?
A: Haha. No. We don't have any mountain lions here or anything like you do in Australia. There are no poisonous plants or poisonous animals here.

Q: With the influx of Aussies, have you stocked up on VB beer and Vegemite?
A: Haha. No, we don't have any beer at our events because Hawaii has a law that affects a lot of event organisers. The law states that if you serve someone beer, you are liable for that person for 4 hours afterwards. We don't offer alcohol at our events. The first event we had it. Last year we didn't. Probably wont do it this year either.

Q: Are the finishers medals and tshirts different from last year?
A: The medals are the standard Spartan Race branded medals. The tshirts are new ones and are different for each race. They will have  Hawaii written on the back of them, as well. That way, you know you got that shirt in Hawaii. 

Q: What tips do you have for anyone looking to take on the Hawaii Spartan Race Trifecta weekend?
A: Its humid here. If you are doing the Trifecta, you will have to pace yourself. Understand what your limits are and do not try to go for time but go for completion. 

Q: If there was one thing you would suggest to everyone to go and do, after the race, in Hawaii, what would it be?
A: I would say go and enjoy our beaches. Enjoy the Island just as best you can. 

Q: Is there anything else you want to add?
A: We look forward to you guys coming over and enjoying Hawaii and an epic course. 

Thanks JJ. We appreciate your time!