by Jim Strunk
Introduction by Travis Ketchum
In building our Street Teams, I came across a unique individual named Jim Strunk.
Jim had thought he had seen it all. He had decided to retire and revel in the luxury of having no commitments, so he kicked back and enjoyed life for awhile. After a brief acquaintance with retirement, he found that it didn’t measure up to the hype; it was mundane. One day, Jim heard from one of his good friends about the Spartan Racing Series, and subsequently made a life-changing decision: he would train for his first Spartan Race. Jim has shared with us his story, which we’d like to share with you. Enjoy!
Let me tell you how Spartan Race has affected my life. I, like many of you, spent my youth in the military, stayed fit and moved onto another career. I spent the last 15 years as a police officer working the streets, spending time in court and doing all the ugly things that go along with the job.
I retired in December of 2010 and thought, “This is great ‘I’m retired!’” Well, that passed, and I started feeling down, and trying to find things to do. Then a friend of mine told me about a race that he participated in back in March in Austin Texas: the Spartan Sprint. I checked into it and was inspired. I felt young again.
I researched the race, looked at the website and watched the events. I knew right then that this was for me. Spartan Race was an inspiration to get out and train, get fit and meet people that are inspired to do greater things. I joined the Spartan Street Team and met one of the friendliest people that you could meet, Travis Ketcham, who was helpful in answering my questions and brain storming several angles to get people interested in the events Spartan has to offer.
This organization inspired me to get out and get back into shape. All the people I met that have participated in Spartan Races said nothing but great things about the events. What other race, triathlon or outdoor event has ever inspired so many to get out and participate?
Not since my days in the Infantry have I felt so motivated to stay fit and get out there. Following the Spartan Code: Spartan push their minds and bodies to their limits; Spartans master their emotions; Spartans learn continuously; Spartans give generously; Spartans lead; Spartans stand up for what they believe in, no matter the cost; Spartans know their flaws as well as they know their strengths; Spartans prove to themselves through actions, not words; Spartans live every day as if it were their last.
If the Spartan Code doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. These are the things that get people out there and make themselves better people: the kind of people that inspire others to do greater things.
We need more people like Joe DeSena, Mike Morris, Selica Sevigny, Richard Lee and Brian Duncanson. These are the people who inspire others to get out there and do more than they thought they could ever achieve. These are the caliber of people I want to have around me, True Spartans!
Seeing the diverse number of people that have been inspired by Spartan Race is awesome. Alfredo “frado” Dinten, who went against the odds, lost the weight, joined the Spartan Team and will race in New York is truly inspiring about the Spartan Organization. I thank all of you for inspiring me to get out and race.
I look forward to meeting other Spartans at the Super Spartan in December in Glen Rose, Texas. I truly want to thank all of you at Spartan Race for allowing me to join your team. Everyone I meet I tell about Spartan Race and encourage them to go and race.
Aroo, Aroo, Aroo!
Jim is now a Street Team member looking to give others in his community a purpose to make the necessary changes in their lives, and he is loving every moment of it.
If you would like to become a Street Team member or have an inspirational story about Spartan Race email Travis at Travisk@Spartanrace.com.