by Carrie Adams

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Niki Kenney

When Niki Kenney first emailed me, she was a Spartan finisher – the Georgia race actually, she blogged about her experience, and we loved her spirit and enthusiasm.  Since then Niki has contacted Spartan Race again this time to spearhead (like how I did that?  Spearhead?  Since we throw spears….) a fundraiser for Hobie’s efforts as he chases down a $20,000 prize for winning the remaining Spartan Races.

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Hobie Call's Culvert Crawl, Death Race 2011

Hobie’s contributions to the Spartan races and obstacle racing is remarkable.  He’s one of the most inspiring athletes we’ve come in contact with and has always sought the toughest competition we could bring to the table.  Rarely seen without a smile on his face, he is a class act and an athlete that Spartan Races has embraced for what he has accomplished but most importantly for the man that he is.  He didn’t win the Death Race, but his pursuit of Spartan glory is far from over.  He still has a chance to walk away a Spartan Champion if he can pull off winning of the remaining events in our United States circuit.

Don’t be fooled, for the competitive athletes like Hobie we are still a race with talented racers that are coming to take him on and even for a phenom athlete like Hobie Call it’s not always going to be an easy road.   That doesn’t mean we don’t love the guy… From the mountains of Temecula to the ski ridges of New York we’ve followed the journey of  Hobie Call with earnest.  How can you help that journey continue for such a worthy athlete?  Read Niki’s message and find out…

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by Carrie Adams

Show Title: Good Day to Die!

Spartan Radio is at it again!  This time it’s all things 2011 Death Race!  Well, almost all Death Race… we had some great live listeners and be sure to listen to the end… there are a few bloopers…

On June 24th, the Spartan Death Race kicked off in Pittsfield Vermont.  155 racers out of 230 registered arrived and only 35 finished the brutalizing event.  The weather was biblical – which was fitting since the race theme was “Religion” and the course challenges were epic!  Shawty aka Carrie Adams was at the event and on the course and shares details of the race.  Spartan Race’s first blog about the event is also available HERE which outlines the event and challenges in more detail.

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[Editor’s Note: The Death Race that began on June 24, 2011 is a monumental part of the Spartan Race history.  The athletes are phenomenal individuals and the volunteers and crew for the event are second to none. It defines the spirit of our racing series.  Several segments will be released on this year’s epic race including official results.]

by Carrie Adams

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like…” –Thoreau

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Death Race Headquarters Amee Farm

Rain broke through the thick overhead branches of the mountainside forest and the steep, gnarly trail was overrun with mud.  Run-off plummeted down the rocks making every step unsure and dangerous.  Shielding my eyes from the rain, I looked skyward and sighed.  Eighteen hours into the race, we hadn’t yet reached the halfway point of the trail up to Roger’s Farm for the next task.  Serving as crew for a few friends, I had ventured out on the course and was experiencing firsthand the level of difficulty the racers were enduring.  I was beginning to wonder if we’d get out and back before dark.

Blazing out of the dark woods below us in what became a trademark red bandana came Grace Cuomo Durfee, who would ultimately get a fourth place overall finish.  She was just one of four women to complete the grueling challenge.  As she returned from the checkpoint, she graciously offered, “Not too much farther guys.  It’s steep,” before charging up.  It was hard to understand how much had happened in the past 18 hours and how much lay ahead of the racers in the 2011 Spartan Death Race.

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by Maurya Scanlon

I would like to preface this article by saying that this weekend was my birthday weekend. (shameless plug)  I turned 23 on Friday, June 24th, the official start of the Death Race I’m not sure what that means, but I’ll just go with it.  I received, for my special day, a special gift: a crush. You read correctly, Spartans. I have a crush. In the way that actors form actor crushes on talent (not actually the people who possess that talent), athletes form athlete crushes (I have this on good authority—Carrie Adams. Carrie, if I’m wrong, please omit this paragraph lest I sound ass-like). I am, in fact, an actress so I can pretend to have an athlete crush on her and hopefully it’ll be convincing. Tony-award winning perhaps… but really it’s just a crush-crush.  Her name is Keira Henninger, and I hope to God that she understands my sense of humor.

IMG_0745I had the opportunity to speak with her this past weekend, while the Death Race was destroying knees. See what I did there? Synecdoche. The knees represent the whole person, or racer, if you will.  Moving on.  I am incredibly impressed by people who make it a point to push themselves, to do what most consider super human. So in the spirit of the Death Race, I interviewed Keira.  She may not have run it, but this remarkable woman, athlete and mother still inspires those of us (me) who think they could only dream of accomplishing what she has in her fantastic life.

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by Brian Ansley

Marg 1When you combine some of the world’s toughest obstacle challenges, including the Spartan Beast and the World’s Toughest Mudder 24 hour race, what do they all have in common? Well besides the obvious elements, they have one forceful competitor ready to take them all on before the end of the year! That’s right, Margaret Schlachter, 27, currently residing in Killington, Vermont is ready to take on that test. Margaret has developed a passion for obstacle racing. She did her first Spartan Race in 2010. I asked her about her craze for obstacle racing and she simply said, “I’m addicted”. Well Margaret, the feeling is mutual, and I’m sure many of our readers feel the same way! Vermont is also where Margaret conducts the majority of her training to prepare for all of the upcoming races. She sticks to a very rigid workout routine, and shares it on her web page www.dirtinyourskirt.com.

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by Charlie Nickell

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If one more runner on a cross-training bender gushes about how great spin class is, I’m taking hostages. Where is the fun in pedaling a bike missing a wheel for 45 minutes while going absolutely nowhere, while listening to rap remixes of Taylor Swift songs? I don’t get it. Isn’t the point of turning mechanical cranks via human power to actually create forward motion — to go somewhere in life? When the excitement of spin class ends and you return to your car do you just rev the engine for the next hour without leaving the parking lot? Hey, why not — the engine gets a good workout.

It’s interesting to note that I’ve never been asked to attend a treadmill class. Why would I? Who needs some overly groomed fitness instructor barking orders on how to run on a perfectly balanced treadmill? If you stop moving your feet on a treadmill, you can kill yourself — yet no safety or motivational instructor exists. If you stop peddling your spin class device, I’m pretty sure the crank shaft stops moving. Spin “bikes” look pretty stable and self explanatory. My couch doesn’t tend to shift around. Do I need a couch coach to keep my heart at the proper aerobic rate while mowing through my Cheetos and channel surfing for “The Shawshank Redemption?”

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by Carrie Adams

Spartan Race has teamed up with some amazing visualis artists to bring our race into your living room and bring the experience to life.  One of our amazing partners is HotSeat Media, a company who first found Spartan Race when they were shooting a series on chronic pain and MMA fighters.  They take all the amazing footage you see on Spartan Race TV.  www.spartanrace.tv

I recently spoke with Logan Mosier to discuss the young company, the amazing HD, and stories that they hope to tell through the eyes of our Spartan Racers.

“So we have been around as a company for a little over a year and we have been doing a lot of different things – homeless advocacy, Boston Scientific, and the Pain Channel.  The Pain Channel is published every week and we did a piece for the pain channel for the MMA lab, they were really excited about the Spartan Race.  It got our attention.”

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By Brian Ansley

SONY DSC                     Love is certainly in the air at Spartan Race!

What is more romantic than 8 miles of mud, blood, sweat, and barbwire? Well, nothing according to our Super Spartan challengers and newly ELOPED Tom and Mickey Pike!

An email to Spartan Headquarters June 21st stated, “Sorry we’re getting back to you so late but we had to trail run today, get married, go out to eat, you know, normal stuff … LOL!  We are very excited about having our Super Spartan Honeymoon!!” These two newlyweds are headed to South Carolina Saturday for a passionate day of traditional Spartan entertainment.  This amazing couple ELOPED Tuesday, June 21st, and are celebrating their honeymoon with the Super Spartan in South Carolina!

Says Tom, “ We’re hoping we can jump over a sword or something before the race to make it a true Spartan Wedding with the race as our Honeymoon…. Let’s face it, anyone can go to a resort for their honeymoon, but a Spartan Honeymoon will prove to you that you can depend on each other to survive the challenges of a marriage… “

Tom and Mickey are no strangers to physical challenges. They are both are avid12_10 mountain bike racers. Tom races in Expert Class, while Mickey does an outstanding job in Sport Class. This couple is part of several running and bike clubs, have participated in numerous races, and they both placed in the Nautica South Beach Triathlon.

Tom and Mickey first met while Mickey was working at a summer camp in Maine near a town where Tom’s family has a vacation home. “The rest is history”, as Tom put it.  And if you call his voicemail his parting words, “Has anyone told you, YOU ARE TERRIFIC?”

SONY DSC                     Tom and Mickey currently reside in Miami, FL. Tom is the lead teacher for the Film and Entertainment Technology Program, at Design and Architecture Senior High School. He’s most likely the coolest teacher in all of Miami as well. Mickey is the head physical education teacher at North Beach Elementary School in Miami Beach, FL. When she is not teaching physical education, Mickey is also the Gymnastics Program Director for the City of Miami Beach, and MBJCC.  Tom and Mickey strongly insist on everybody coming out this Saturday to the Carolinas for the Super Spartan, and joining them for their intense celebration. So bring your loved one with you, and come celebrate with Tom and Mickey! Mud, blood, sweat, and barbwire! Now that’s romance Spartan style!  (They even have themed outfits!)

Aroooo!!

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by Jason Jaksetic and Carrie Adams

Spartan Race is known, in part, for our challening WOD series (Workout of the Day).  We combine, speed, strength, endurance, and agility that is a well-rounded training approach.  In an effort to show you how we eat our own cooking, we embarked on a journey about 30 days ago to see how two very different athletes manage the Spartan WOD’s for 30 full days in a serie we called “He says, She Says.”. Carrie Adams aka Shawty Spartan and Jason Jaksetic aka the Barn Beast got to work for 30 days bringing you the play by pay.  Here’s the wrap up and list including an epic soundtrack!   Get some, Spartans!  To sign up to receive them directly in your inbox go to www.spartanrace.com/wod.

This 30 days is a great program to get you either in fighting shape, get you ready for a race (Carrie and Jason both had races during their 30 days) or off the couch and feeling better.  We each have individual goals, different terrain, equipment, etc.  Do what you can to make it work and push yoursevles!  Send us your videos and pictures of you going through the challenge and getting Spartified and get signed up for a race!

She says: There comes a time in your life when you have what you want or you have excuses and reasons why you don’t.  If you haven’t started, start today.  If you have been training, go further, faster, and push harder.  Whatever it takes.

He says: Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth

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by Maurya Scanlon

beach training 2Awhile back, Carrie Adams posted a Death Race Profile about Katy McCabe, and today I got the chance to interview the other Glamazon of their two-woman dream team: Laura Svette. Going into the interview I knew that I was going to encounter a phenom. She not only pushes herself, but she also embodies the “yes you can” attitude that I have found that Spartan Race inspires. This woman is an incredible athlete, and it is with great pleasure that I introduce this profile to the Death Race Universe.

Laura and Katy have been training partners and co-motivators for awhile now, and all it took to get Katy to convince Laura to do the Death Race was a text message. Laura recounts that McCabe texted “We’re doing this,” and within five seconds she was sold. She went on to explain that from that moment on she started almost throwing up every day as she learned more about what exactly she had signed up for. She checked youtube and facebook, every available resource to learn more, but with the anxiousness can the excitement.

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