by Corinne Kohlen, Spartan Pro Team
Earlier this year in Texas I got a chance to meet and get to know my new favorite Spartan employee, miss Amy Wade Sadd. Although I had never met her before that weekend she greeted me with a big hug and I liked her immediately. She was the smiling face behind the information tent handing out discounts for future races and answering all the questions of eager racers. She was also where racers were getting their trifecta medal!
Amy’s first Spartan race was the Gulf coast founder’s race. Amy’s journey to the start line was a difficult one. She was involved in a horrific car accident that could have left her in a wheel chair, instead, it led her to Spartan Race.
After her terrible car accident she was inspired to run Spartan Races and prove to her daughters that she was strong and would always be OK. Says Sadd, “I was a passenger in a vehicle that ran a stop sign We collided with another vehicle. Both vehicles were totaled and I felt lucky to walk away…” She later found out she wasn’t so lucky. “I was released from the ER with bumps and bruises, however, I later found out I had broken my T-10 and 12. Also, my L-1 was shattered and L 2,3,4, and 5 vertebrae were all broken. I walked around for two weeks before diagnosed and was told I needed immediate and very serious surgery on my spine. The emergency surgeon who operated on me afterwards said I would probably never walk aftwerwards.”
Since completing the race with her daughters Amanda and Andria, Amy is more than just walking – she’s running! Her daughter Andria is now an intern for Spartan Race and her daughter Amanda is a senior at University of Nebraska. Amy was able to run with Andria and watch her get her Trifecta in Monterey, California last weekend from none other than Joe De Sena, Spartan co-founder himself! Add to that, Monterey is where Sadd played as a child, it was a special weekend. Originally from California Amy now lives in the Gulf Coast with ties to Nebraska and is the driving force behind the original Gulf Coast Spartan Race.
Some of Amy’s favorite things about Spartan race are watching the finishers be given medals, congratulating and welcoming them to the Spartan family, and watching teams grow in numbers as more and more people sign up for each race. She also loves, “That ANYONE can do it if they don’t quit and no matter your level of fitness you are accepted”. One of her favorite things is the transformations people make after running Spartan races, “I love the changes I see in people after they complete the race. A young friend of mine lost thirty pounds after completing the gulf Coast race. She went back to college and her whole life outlook has changed. To know that I was a tiny part of that catalyst is amazing.”
Amy always enjoys a good laugh and has seen some funny things while working for Spartan. During one race “Joe De Sena was yelling at someone with a bullhorn. People were grumbling and one looked up and said, “Holy crap! That’s Joe Desena, and just levitated right out of the pit!”
You can see Amy’s friendly face at many Spartan Races! Be sure to say hello if you do and don’t be surprised if you get a hug in return!
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