by Brian Ansley
For those of you who didn’t get a chance to participate in the Tuxedo race, it was not known for being one of the easier Spartan races. It could have been the seemingly endless barbed wire crawl, the tricky placement of the obstacles, or the overall combination of the terrain and extreme obstructions together. The challenge of a Spartan race is very dynamic, and takes an exceptional type of athlete. To be a Spartan, an athlete must know how to press on even when their bodies may tell them to do otherwise.
That is precisely what 25-year-old Spartan Anthony Kalamas did. Originally from Queens,
New York, he now resides in Waterbury, Connecticut and works for a beer distribution company. This semi professional rugby player for the Northern Raiders showed us the true resilience of our athletes. If you were a participant at Tuxedo, you may have missed the action but he had a memorable slippery wall experience. Running at full speed, he scaled the wall without the rope not knowing there wasn’t a platform on the other side. With the momentum he gathered he flew over the platform and sailed 14 feet before dropping and landing on his arm violently. This Spartan didn’t even hesitate to rub the mud off! When asked why he decided to continue after the fall, he said, “I’m not the kind of guy to quit a race.” He continued the remainder of the race without pause, even successfully taking on the barbed wire.
This was Anthony’s first Spartan Race. He took on the Rugged Maniac last year in Massachusetts, but is convinced now that it wasn’t on the same level as the Spartan. Fortunately, the diagnosis for Anthony’s arm is just a sprain and it is not too severe.
“I have no regrets,” he said, “even with the drop.” When asked about future Spartan races, Anthony will be tearing it up again for the Spartan Sprint in Amesbury, MA in August. He’s not stopping there. After Massachusetts, he will increase his training, and preparing for Staten Island’s Super Spartan in September.
Outstanding performance Anthony! You are a true Spartan! We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Aroo!!!