Why you HAVE to do a Spartan Race... and enter to WIN!


1. Spartan Races are incredibly fun. When else in life do you get a chance to climb over obstacles, jump into puddles, crawl through mud and push your way through people with pugel sticks? (More thoughts on this here.)

2. Spartan Races are challenging. With 4 different distances-- the 3+ mile / 15+ obstacle Spartan Sprint, the 8+ mile / 20+ obstacle Spartan Super, the 12+ mile / 25+ obstacle Spartan Beast, and the marathon distance Spartan Ultra Beast, there is a distance for everyone. *Note-- shorter distance doesn't mean easier. Course designers make use of the terrain to ensure each course presents its own unique challenges.

3. Spartan Races are inspiring. Rather, the people who do Spartan Races are inspiring. From people such as Amanda Sullivan and Misty Diaz (athletes with physical challenges) to Team X-T.R.E.M.E. (wounded veterans) to those who join the Biggest Loser teams, all you need to do is look around you on the course to find warriors whose hearts are bigger than the obstacles on the course.

4. Spartan Races help you learn about life. So, this might sound cheesy and overly dramatic, but just go with me. Spartan doesn't publish a course map before the event. In each race, you will face the unknown. Some obstacles may come easy, some may be nearly unconquerable, and some you will fail and pay a penalty. But you will keep pushing on because there is a finish line and difficult things do not last forever.

5. Spartan Races help you learn about you. In each Spartan Race that I've done, I've faced an obstacle (or a few) that I didn't think I could accomplish-- sometimes the wall looked too high, or the tire too heavy to drag, or the distance too far, but by putting one foot in front of the other and refusing to give up,  I've dug deep and found the strength to continue.

I'm hoping to see some of you at the Miami Super Spartan on April 12 and 13. And to further encourage you... here is a code for 15% off of a Spartan Race in any location (open heat only)!

AND... it's giveaway time! Spartan Race has graciously given me a race to give to one of YOU!!!!! The entry is for any open heat of any 2014 Spartan Race in the continental U.S. Just read the instructions and follow them to enter:

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Stay tuned next week for "How to Train for a Spartan Race"!

Comments

  1. I ran my first Spartan race last year just out of a challenge to myself. I didnt really know what to expect and didnt really and fully understand what i got myself into. HOWEVER after the PA Spartan race in July i was hooked and ran a 2nd race in Sept. This year i am planning on a Trifecta!!

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  2. I am addicted to OCRs and love the way they make me feel about myself and what I can accomplish when I set my mind to it!
    Great blog!!

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    1. Yes, they are very addicting-- a new challenge at every event. Thank you!

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  3. Ran my first OCR last year (local race that utilized a ski hill) and it was awesome! I immediately promised myself I would do a Spartan Race in 2014!

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  4. I csnt wait to rsce my first of the year in 2months in indiana

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  5. I have a mild case of CP and failed PE more than once as a result of my disability. I love Spartans because they are such a huge F You to those PE teachers that made my life hell.

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  6. To be inspired and to maybe even be the inspiration for someone - if I can do a Spartan race, anyone can (and should!)

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  7. I am running this year to raise awareness for children living with hearing loss. I want to show them that no obstacle in life is too difficult to overcome.

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    1. Wow! How did you choose that particular challenge?

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    2. My daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss in both ears in kindergarten. She's in 2nd grade now and I want to set a strong role model for her. I've also become close with her audiology clinic that is fully funded by a non-profit charity. So I wanted to help give back at the same time.

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    3. If you want to check out her story and my fundraising effort, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and on Crowdrise (for fundraising) under the name Mud, Sweat & Ears (or mudsweatears). And if this violates any blog rules, please remove the post.

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  8. A Spartan pushes their mind and body to their limits.
    A Spartan masters their emotions.
    A Spartan learns continuously.
    A Spartan gives generously.
    A Spartan leads.
    A Spartan stands up for what they believe in, no matter the cost.
    A Spartan knows their flaws as well as they know their strengths.
    A Spartan proves themselves through actions, not words.
    A Spartan lives every day as if it were their last.

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    1. Yes! Or I guess I should say... "AROO!"

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  9. I ran, err mostly walked my first Spartan this past February. I can't wait to do one again and see how much better I have become.

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  10. cant wait to run my first muddy spartan this year in Indy

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  11. Can't wait for the season to begin here on the east coast!

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  12. I want to run the Spartan since I missed it last year even though I registered with a team of friends. I won't miss it this year!

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    1. You definitely don't want to miss it!

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  13. Is it wrong that I am skipping the Spartan Race and going straight to a Death Race? Guess I better get to signing up for a Spartan before June lol.

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    1. The Death Race is on my bucket list for sure... thinking maybe 2015.

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  14. I want to proof that I am strong enough to complete it!

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    1. You can do it! Follow the Spartan daily workout and/or mix in some Crossfit or strength training and run. Good luck!

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  15. I've run the Spartan Races in Texas so far. I have my eyes set on the Spartan Ultra Beast in Vermont in September!

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    1. VIP registration for that opened today! No application process this year either!

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    2. Are you in? I considered it. Again.

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  16. I want to get my trifecta medal this year!

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd like to run a Spartan race because it looks challenging and I like challenging myself.

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    1. It's definitely one of the most challenging and rewarding events I've done.

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  18. I ran the Spartan last year because I love races and challenges! Hope to do it again this year.

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