by Chris Rayne, guest blogger 

Chris Rayne, Fort Carson, CO 2012

Finding Spartan

I saw my first advertisement for the Spartan Race while I was at the gym at Fort Carson, CO.  It was in November 2011 and the poster was for a race in May.  I didn’t give it much thought and let it slip from my mind. I was in a transition from enlisted to officer in the Army, and was going through the rough ending of a divorce.  I didn’t think I had time to think about a Spartan Race.  A month later the I was asked if I would volunteer for the race.  Not thinking much of it, except that my weekend was free, I put my name on the list and then went about my business.

Finding the Finish Line

April 2012, life was much different for me.  I had fallen in love and I was about to be an Officer in the Army.  I got a reminder about volunteering for the race and was told I could race for free.  I looked into what Spartan Race was and that’s when I first saw the Powerful Beyond Measure video and I was shocked at the emotions that welled up in me when I watched. I had to share feeling with my loved ones and anyone who would listen. I only got around 20 or so people to race day but it was a success in my mind. I finished the Military Sprint I had volunteered for months earlier and was off to start my life as a second lieutenant feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Rebuilding a Life

Life took another turn.  During training I got a call from my fiancé, the moving truck we had all of our possessions in had caught on fire.  We lost everything. The devastation was immense and after the dust had settled I reached out to the Spartan Team and asked for help retrieving a finisher medal to start rebuilding from the ashes. Even though there was no finisher medal available, I did receive a Spartan Helmet and some encouraging words. This community who knew nothing about me and only ran in one race reached out to me and helped me out. This is what sparked my obsession with the Spartan Brand of living and my journey to share this with everyone.  I wanted to pay it forward.

My wife and I started a new life in an empty house with a two year old and a baby on the way.  It was tough to stay focused on training but it was the Spartan Race that helped me and my family. In November of 2012, my daughter Zoey came into the world I dedicated myself to earning the Trifecta in 2013 and bringing my wife to the Spartan Family. We formed a little two person team for the Fort Carson Military Sprint and word got to her family. This lead to her sister (who also just had her third child a few months earlier) and brother joining us and forming team Powerful Beyond Measure in honor of that spark that started it all.

I would frequently check the Spartan webpage and this is when I stumbled upon the Spartan Fuel and decided to send Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena a message asking a few questions. I honestly never expected a response let alone a response within the hour and from Joe himself.

Paying it Forward

It always amazes me that still after all that Spartan HQ has gone through; the core values outlined by the Founding Few are still adhered to. And with the partnership with Reebok it remains their mission to rip each and every person off their couch, get moving  and help people find their hidden potential.  I can never repay the drive that the Spartan Race had given me and my family. My wife jokes with me and says I have a healthy obsession with Spartan…

Well it’s the healthiest and best obsession I think anyone can ever have.  We love it.

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7 Responses

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    Thank you so much for allowing me to share my story.

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    Chris,
    I also feel your joy and your obsession. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I firmly believe it’s important that others know just how special the Spartan Race really is. I’m not able to race as often and as much as I’d like, but I think that makes it that much more special to me.
    AROO!
    sd

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    I am very proud of my brother-in-law and the man that he is. He is a great man, great father, and great husband. Since he came into my sister’s life, and the into the family, I have always wondered how we ever survived without him. He encourages and inspires me and he is never shy to send me a quick motivational email. Chris is inspiring to all he meets and is truly a real Spartan!

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    I watch the Powerful Beyond Measure video daily, and it gets me so pumped up for the race season!

    Great story Chris!

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    Is there an age limit &/or age & sex categories in the competition or is it wide open?

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    Funny how it’s always the stories of Officers that are recognized for these things.

  7. avatar

    Great Read, looking forward to watching the video. Format won’t play on my phone! Inspirational article.

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