Saturday, January 31, 2015

Is Spartan Taking Over the World?! #Giveaway

(Yes, I really did just use a hashtag in my title.)

I did my first Spartan Race waaaaay back in 2010. I was going to link to my recap, but that was BB-- before blogging. Someday I will have to write about that first race because it began in me a journey that has taken me through many miles, mountains of mud and lots of laughs. Spartan is still my favorite race series, although it has grown and morphed into something quite different than it was in the beginning.

The heart behind Spartan Race is to get people up off the couch and moving toward physical fitness and good health. What began as a small word-of-mouth type organization is now sometimes criticized for "going corporate." It has, in a big way... Spartan has partnered with Reebok to bring quality gear and even footwear, has expanded the number of races in a variety of locations, holds group training, has a certification for coaches, and has made its way onto television. All for the better, I believe.

More people are completing Spartan Races, finding joy in physical challenges, learning that getting active can be an adventure. This is all a very great thing. Most recently, Spartan Race founder, Joe De Sena has written and published a book. But it's the latest news that has me (a total podcast junkie) excited...
http://itunes.com/SpartanUp
That's right, Spartan has entered the podcast world. What I really like about the podcast is that it's a mix of conversation and guest interviews. It's not all about Joe or Spartan Race-- rather, he sits and talks to a group of people (experts, friends, fellow racers) about the topic of the podcast, then the interview is played and the group reconvenes for discussion of the interview. I really enjoy the format-- it has a little bit of a "behind the scenes" kind of feel. It's not just Spartan letting us to listen to an interview or educating us.

But speaking of education... the podcasts are packed with interesting experts on a variety of topics-- competitive athletes, entrepreneurs, and just overall amazing individuals including:
  • Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder & CEO
  • Former member of SEAL Team Six
  • Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO
  • Sir Ran Fiennes, world’s greatest living explorer
  • Barry Sternlicht, Starlight Capital Group Founder & CEO
  • Stanley McChrystal, retired U.S. Army general
  • Mimi Anderson, world record holding ultra-runner
  • Risa Mish, attorney & expert on leadership and resilience
This is definitely a podcast I recommend checking out. And to entice you to go have a listen, Spartan has provided me with a free race to giveaway. Click the link to enter the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you don't win the free race, you're still a winner-- use this code: SPARTANBLOGGER for 10% off any race. 

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