by Paola and Pamela Del Hierro
We are identical twins, Paola and Pamela Del Hierro. Peruvian born, our last name is Spanish and translates to “of Iron”. More than strong in name alone, we are fierce competitors who thrive on challenging ourselves and each other. Our tenacity and thirst for adventure has earned us the title #DoubleTrouble from family and friends. As identical twins, we share a connection which is truly only understood by other sets of twins. Participating in the Spartan Race has shown us that a similar connection exists between competitors.
My sister and I face life in much the same way we approach a race. We meet obstacles head-on and understand the importance of hard work, training and dedication. Nothing worth having comes easy. The Spartan Race draws competitors of all shapes, ages and abilities. Spartans are fighters who grit their teeth and push themselves to defeat their greatest adversary: themselves. We’re proud to be part of this legacy.
Training for the Spartan Race has pushed us to adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen. We are active CrossFit members and firmly believe that the challenges we face at our box have built a solid foundation for our physical and emotional wellbeing. We may not be the strongest or the fastest, but our determination to be our best makes us a force to be reckoned with.
Finishing a Spartan Race is an amazing accomplishment proving to yourself that you can overcome physical discomfort and mental exhaustion. Crossing the finish line is a feeling unmatched by almost every other form of competition. We take the personal success of completion and use that to motivate others into doing things they never thought possible. Since beginning our Spartan journey, we’re thrilled to witness those closest to us approaching their own personal challenges with renewed optimism. If selected, we know there is no limit to what we can accomplish.
Obstacle Racing is an experience like no other. Further proof that the Spartan Race is our destiny: the Spartan World Championship Beast will take place on our birthday, September 22nd. For us, the Race represents the ultimate showdown between our fears and our determination. Life has taught us that overcoming obstacles makes us better, stronger people. There’s a camaraderie which exists between those who have refused to succumb to a challenge; opting instead to dig in their heels and push themselves out of their comfort zone.
The Spartan Race is not about who crosses the finish line first. It’s about all kinds of people, facing their own greatest obstacles and not backing down in the face of fear. Every single competitor who crosses the finish line found their inner strength and won against the odds.
How boring would life or races be without obstacles? It’s been said that “There are two things in life for we are never truly prepared: Twins”. Similarly, the same can be said for Spartan Racing and once you’ve had the opportunity to experience either one, you’ll never be bored again.