Spartan Racer Ed Koropchak has undergone major life changes. After getting out of the Army he found himself with too much time on his hands and got caught up with drugs, alcohol, and ultimately prison time. He spent the next few years in and out of the system. Then he found Spartan Races. Twelve races later, he credits the races with saving his life and keeping him clean and keeping him from making the same bad life choices.

Hear him tell his incredible story about overcoming his past and finding a new, healthy addiction with Spartan Races.

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by Logan Tobias

Just over a year ago, the 24th of July, I completed my first Spartan race. It was the Palmerton Sprint and I loved it. I loved it so much that I decided to train for more Spartan races, but before I could really start training, I had to get away from the life that was controlling me. I used drugs and alcohol on a daily basis and it got to the point that I was using drugs every day about three to four times a day.

On the 24th I woke up and I had many missed calls because it was a Tuesday and I was supposed to be at work at 8am, but instead I was hungover and still high from the drugs I had the night before. At that moment I told myself I was no longer going to be a slave to the drugs and I was going to take back my life. That was exactly one year ago and I haven’t looked back, I have remained drug free and alcohol free since then and am still, I don’t plan on giving up because I know that I am a Spartan! Spartan’s never retreat, never surrender!

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by Rhyan Ellington

Twenty years ago I started having panic attacks, terrible panic attacks. Diagnosed with Severe Anxiety Disorder I would stay close to home and for a while and not even leave my house. In that time I had good stretches and terrible stretches, I didn’t think I’d ever be free! I put my faith in God and kept my world close to my comfort zone.

Flash forward a little, I’m married to a beautiful wife with 2 perfect children and still not pushing myself. Then I saw the Spartan Race page on Facebook and became obsessed! I got locked in health wise, followed the daily Spartan tips – you can sign up for the free workouts – www.spartanrace.com/wod and I used it to focus on the Indiana Spartan Sprint. That goal is what I needed to really change my life.

I dropped 115lbs and found myself with my wife smack in the middle of the event, pushing myself through panic, muscle fatigue and more importantly away from my comfort zone! After finishing I’m so much more aware of what I’m capable of when you push through fears and S.T.F.U. I thank you all your workers and participants for an incredible time and new addiction to life!

Spartan for life!

Rhyan Ellington, alive again!

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