by Jason Jaksetic and Carrie Adams

The Murph

Run a mile

100 pull ups

200 push ups

300 body weight squats

Run a mile

20 lb. vest

He says: “This workout…this one right here…is my nightmare.”

1:18:57

5.41 of which was running.

FML

Can I ice bath my arms?

Soundtrack: Mascara by The Deftones

She says: “Ouch.”

1:09 – All but four of my pull ups were assisted.  FOUR.  I put up a pull up bar in my kitchen.  I do a few every time I pass it.  Dammit. 

The rest was manageable. 

Soundtrack: Whatever it Takes by Lifehouse

by Carrie Adams

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Katy McCabe

“Call me a Tomboy – but I also have Manolo Blahniks that look damn good on my feet. It doesn’t make me any less of a chick.” – Katy McCabe

I’ve been profiling Death Racers for months and I generally start the conversation with some basic questions:  Full name, age, hometown, and occupation,  “I’m a Russian Cryptologic Linguist and a Signals Intelligence Subject Matter Expert/Analyst.” Katy McCabe told me when I asked her the occupation question.  (long pause)

“I’m sorry, what?” I said, “You’re going to need to repeat that.”  We both laughed, and thus began our Death Race Profile interview.

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by Beth Connolly

Intense athlete, Spartan Chick, and up-for-any-adventure girl Shannon Roche is the only racer I’ve ever interviewed who talked herself down.

“Are you sure you want to interview me?  I’ve fallen off the wagon,” she wrote in an email before we spoke on the phone.

Then, at the end of our interview, she brought it up again.  “Am I intense enough?  I don’t feel like I measure up to the other athletes you’ve profiled on the blog.”

Chatty and modest, Shannon most certainly does measure up.  This 36-year-old real estate agent, who describes herself as 36 going on 26, just takes her challenges in stride to such an extent that they don’t seem like a big deal.  At least not to her.

She’s always been athletic, starting from her school days of track and volleyball.  But after college graduation, she moved to New York and realized that she needed goals to keep her motivated in her fitness.

So, back in 2006, she started training for a half-marathon.  Having successfully completed that, she moved on to a marathon in 2007 and a triathlon in 2008.  Then, in 2009, she really got serious and signed up for the Escape from Alcatraz, a unique event in San Francisco that she describes as the best racing experience she’s ever had.  To begin the race, a ferry drops off 2000 people in the frigid San Francisco bay  (she estimates temperatures were around 55 degrees F when she did it).  After a 1.5 mile swim to shore, racers face an 18-mile hilly bike, and an 8-mile run over hard and soft sand, including a timed 400-stair climb.

After her Alcatraz adventure, Shannon found herself “bored” once again.  So she decided to join Warrior Fitness Boot Camp in NYC midtown, where she met Kat Dunnigan, who told her about the Spartan Race.  That was all it took for Shannon to sign up for the 8-mile Super Spartan taking place in September 2011 in Staten Island.  “I feel like I’ve done everything else and I’m wanting to try something different,” she said of her decision to compete in a Spartan Race.

Shannon thinks that Warrior Fitness Boot Camp is the perfect way to train for a Spartan Race.  “It has all the elements,” she said.  “Nothing I’ve ever done has pushed my heart rate as much.”  The Boot Camp is an indoor obstacle course run by former Marines who “yell at you with a smile on their faces and push you.”  When she first started last fall, she couldn’t climb all the way up the six-foot tall wall and she couldn’t make it all the way across the monkey bars.  But after just one or two weeks, she noticed improvements in her performance at the course and felt herself getting a lot stronger every day.

Beyond the physical improvements, Shannon loves the camaraderie and encouraging atmosphere she has found at Warrior Fitness, and she’s even convinced her friends to join her as well.  I bet we’ll see them this September, too.

If Shannon’s past performances are any guide, I think that she’ll blow the Super Spartan out of the water.

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by Jason Jaksetic and Carrie Adams

WOD:

The USMC Physical Fitness Test
w/u run a mile
Pull ups until you drop (Spartan women too no flexed arm hang)
Crunches in two minutes
Three mile run – for time.
c/d run another mile
Not enough? Do it again.

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by Carrie Adams

Joe Crupi called me from Iraq today (Memorial Day) for a Death Race Profile Interview. About thirty minutes into our call he asked me calmly, “Can you hold on a second?”  When he returned a few seconds later he said,  “We are taking rounds right now, I gotta go.”  It cut our interview short and served as a reminder that even as we remember those who have fallen there are still so many in harm’s way today.

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Joe Crupi

Stationed in Iraq on a military base working as a civilian contractor Crupi, 28, spent his first two years as an intelligence analyst and ever since July 2010 he has been a trainer for the military in a role entitled, embedded mentor. He train analysts on how to use different computer systems to do their work.

Crupi is no stranger to being overseas.  He spent six years in the Navy and completed a tour in Bosnia in 2005 and another in Afghanistan in 2006.  He left for boot camp in September 2001.  Two weeks after 9/11.  He was at the point where he had graduated and  was looking at doing the military reserves and going to college simultaneously.  He signed up in August before September 11th and was planning on leaving February 14th so he could stay until his birthday.  After September 11th he made a call requesting to leave earlier for boot camp.   He was originally denied.  But unexpectedly he received a return phone call on a Tuesday informing him that he could go sooner but it would be that Friday.  He agreed.

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Lt. Michael Murphy Navy Seals Blog

“Murph”

For time:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y.  Murphy was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005 supporting Operation Red Wing.  Lt. Murphy was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor.  Lt. Murphy loved this workout, even nicknaming it, “Body Armor.”  Murphy liked to wear body armor or a weighted vest when he did it… 20 pounds is about right.

Get it done today for Lt. Murphy.

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by Jason Jaksetic and Carrie Adams

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Spartan WOD: The Griff  In honor of USAF SSgt Travis L. Griffin, 28, who was killed April 3, 2008 in the Rasheed district of Baghdad by an IED strike to his vehicle. Travis is survived by his son Elijah.

Four rounds for time

Run 800m forwards

Run 400m backwards

Run 800m forwards

Run 400m backwards

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by Carrie Adams

This weekend serves as a reminder as to what our fallen soldiers, veterans, and active military have sacrificed for all of us to have the lives that we live.  Spartan Race’s partnership with Homes for our Troops is just one way we try to help those who have given us so much.

We love hearing stories from our military personnel running our races.  I got this message from Brian Ansley, one of America’s finest.

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Brian Ansley, Austin Spartan Sprint 2011

I am an Army veteran of 5 1/2 years, with the 82nd Airborne Division. I deployed to Iraq twice, and served as a squad leader conducting combat patrols in Tikrit, and Baghdad in 2006-2007 then again in 2008-2009.  I ran the Texas Spartan Sprint for the first time back in March.  It was great!  I also wrote a blog about it Here. I have attached a picture of me crawling under the barbwire.  Hopefully in 2012 you guys will step it up a notch, and bring the Super Spartan or Spartan Beast to Texas!

Well, Brian, we will be in Glen Rose, TX December 3rd, 2011 with a Super Spartan Race.  We hope to see you there!  Aroo!

Are you a veteran or active military who runs or plans on running a Spartan event?  Tell me about it and you might get yourself on the blog!  Email carrie@spatanrace.com and sign up for an event near you!

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by Jason Jaksetic and Carrie Adams

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Daniel Crabtree

CrossFit Hero Workout: Daniel
Dedicated to Army Sgt 1st Class Daniel Crabtree who was killed in Al Kut, Iraq on Thursday June 8th 2006.  He left behind a wife and daughter.  We are so grateful for his sacrifice.
For time:
50 Pull-ups
400 meter run
95 pound Thruster, 21 reps
800 meter run
95 pound Thruster, 21 reps
400 meter run
50 Pull-ups

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By Carrie Adams

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Andras, Nuvision Action Image

When Paramedic/Fire Fighter of the Miami Dade Fire Department Andy Andras ran the Super Spartan in Miami earlier this year, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. The former Air Force fire fighter and  had taken on a challenge from the Miami Dade Police to compete in a charity event on the Miami Dade obstacle course and not only did the Fire Fighters win, but Andras earned the fastest time, established bragging rights, and ultimately decided to find more challenges in the obstacle course world. What he found, was Spartan Race.

“The Spartan Race was challenging and rewarding to compete in. Absolutely.” He said. “The running was tough, the obstacles were really where I was strong, but I need to work on my endurance.” Spartan Race photographer Brent Doscher of Nuvision Action Image captured Andras’s acrobatic ascent over an eight-foot-wall and Andras credits his success in the Super Spartan eight mile race to his training and his time with the Air Force and the Fire Department. “The training, the physical shape my body is in from my job makes me well-suited for this kind of race.”

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